The Northern Lights Duo is an international collaboration between Bente Illevold (Norway) and David Earll (U.S.A.) that brings the euphonium and tuba to concert halls, classrooms, and beyond!
The Northern Lights Duo’s 2019 Season started off with the duo’s premiere performance in New York, at the Ithaca College School of Music with a program of exciting music – including compositions by Steven Verhelst, Anna Baadsvik, and David Earll – and then concluded with a tour throughout Norway and Spain, including visits to Oslo, Drammen, Bergen, Barcelona, and Valencia. Their 2020 season will include performances throughout the United States, including numerous appearances in New York, Pennsylvania, and Arkansas.
The Northern Lights Duo is dedicated to showcasing vibrant, engaging, and entertaining music for the euphonium and tuba to new audiences and to serve as educational/musical ambassadors for students around the world.
The Northern Lights Duo – Artist Bios
Bente Illevold comes from Rendalen in Østerdalen and plays the euphonium. Over the past few years, she has left her mark as an innovative performer and has gained recognition for her performances of several new works for the instrument, both at home and abroad. She has a master’s degree from the Norwegian Academy of Music and has performed with several of the country’s professional bands and orchestras. Bente is passionate about expanding the euphonium repertoire and allowing the instrument to unfold in new constellations and contexts. She works daily as a freelance musician and is regularly invited as a guest teacher at the country’s educational institutions and as a soloist at international festivals.
David Earll joined the Ithaca College School of Music in 2018 and presently serves as the Professor of Tuba/Euphonium. David also currently performs with The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra as Acting Principal Tubist, The International Willson Low Brass Quintet, with The Syracuse Symphony/Symphoria, and the Ithaca Brass. David is in demand as a solo artist, chamber musician, and clinician in both the United States and abroad. Beyond his active work in North America, David has also performed in Hong Kong, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Norway, Spain, and the Netherlands. David studied with both Sam Pilafian and Deanna Swoboda during his graduate work at Arizona State University and has received international awards for his research and artistic endeavors.