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Uno Alexander Vesje (born 1989) is a distinguished Norwegian harpist and composer, renowned for his unique and imaginative approach to the harp. Through his musical projects, he creates emotional resonance with listeners, shedding light on significant societal issues. His music, widely recognized beyond the borders of Norway, not only showcases technical prowess but also demonstrates a profound understanding of the power of music to engage and influence. “What every harpist wants to do with their strings. The effects are stunning, the resolution is a breath of fresh air,” writes music critic Alison Young about Uno’s harpistry in Harp Column Magazine (US).


Uno has captivated international audiences with his solo concerts and projects on some of the world’s most prestigious stages, from Carnegie Hall in New York to Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and various festivals across Europe, the USA, and Asia. His dedication to music has led him to top placements in prestigious international competitions, including winning the World Harp Competition in the Netherlands and the USA International Harp Competition Composition Contest, as well as receiving awards in the 5th Manhattan International Music Competition, the Harp Column New Music Contest, and the International Edvard Grieg Composition Contest.


Uno’s first political work, "Our Planet, Our Future," a 45-minute solo piece addressing the climate crisis, made a profound impact on the jury during the 2021 World Harp Competition in the Netherlands. “We were touched and mesmerized by the music of Uno (...) Uno is a sensitive artist with a mission, and more than a harp player alone.” This performance heralded a new artistic direction for Uno, focusing on music that fosters social reflection and dialogue. Through commissioned works for international festivals, he has explored critical themes such as domestic abuse, belonging, and queer sexuality. Supported by the Norwegian Government's working grant, which Uno received in 2021 and again for the period 2023/2024, he has deepened his artistry and ventured into new creative territories.


Uno has released two critically acclaimed solo albums featuring his own compositions, “Poems From a City” and “Oslo(ve),” in addition to contributing to numerous CD recordings. As a soloist, he has performed with prominent orchestras including the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra & Opera, Arctic Philharmonic Sinfonietta, and the Norwegian Wind Ensemble. Beyond his solo pursuits and compositional work, Uno regularly performs with Norway’s leading orchestras such as the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra, and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, and has participated in numerous TV and radio broadcasts.


Through his music, Uno continues to inspire and engage audiences worldwide, demonstrating how art can play a pivotal role in illuminating and exploring the critical questions of our time.

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