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Bodø BEAT Academy 2024
May 18-20, 2024

Faculty Artists

Wieland Welzel •  Berliner Philharmoniker

Adélaïde Ferrière •  international soloist

Christoph Sietzen •  international soloist

Heming Valebjørg •  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra 

Alex Wäber  Kammerorchester Basel

Sebastiaan Molenaar •  Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra









About the Bodø BEAT Academy
Bodø BEAT invites aspiring young percussionists, professionals and music lovers into this brand new Academy. In today's musical life, with a huge variety of concerts and other musical events, the percussionist faces unique professional difficulties compared with previous eras. First and foremost: it is no longer enough to simply be a good percussionist. The profession of freelancer, which is quickly establishing itself and is increasingly chosen by musicians, requires the polyfunctionality of a performer, which is becoming the main challenge today and in the near future. Within the Academy, Bodø BEAT aims to create a safe space in which we all can complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses to create and learn new techniques, share musical ideas, and delve into different areas of the creative process. We are very proud to present this year's academy faculty who will help to provide complementary skills and ideas, and will improve musicianship and musical knowledge. Bodø BEAT Academy values inclusion and equality and it is meant as a musical and cultural exchange, in a low key and open environment.


Participating as Listener

The Bodø BEAT Academy offers limited spots for listeners, for a registration fee of 40 €. Please contact us by e-mail to secure your spot. Your registration is binding, so if you are unable to attend, we will give your spot to another applicant.


As listener, you will receive:


Dates and times

May 18th - 20th, 2024.

All participants should arrive in Bodø latest at noon on May 18th. After a joint lunch, we will start the Academy programme in the afternoon. Departure for all participants will be in the evening of May 20th, after our closing concert, which finishes around 18:00.

The Academy will take place in Stormen Concerthall. 

Address: Stormen Konserthus, Storgata 1B,  Bodø (Norway)



Bodø airport is a 10 minute bus- or taxi ride to the venue.



The Bodø BEAT residency is Quality Hotel Ramsalt. Single rooms costs 1.050 NOK per night, and double rooms 1.150 NOK (breakfast included). For booking, get in touch with the hotel here.



For active participants, lunch and dinner are sponsored by the festival. For listeners, we would like to welcome all of you to join our lunch table. If you would like to get dinner as well, you will pay for yourself directly at the location.


After the audition results, our team will finalize the schedule. Follow us on social media for the latest updates.


What to bring

Warm clothes, including a hat and gloves. It can be chilly in Bodø, even at the end of May!
Bring sticks, mallets, practice pad, pencil and notepad and anything else that you need for performing at the Academy.

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