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Tor Johan Bøen (b. 1971) has a unique position in the world of Norwegian music, combining his career as concert violinist with musical research. He won the Norwegian competition for young violinists at age 13, and at 17 he joined the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. He studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music and continued his studies in the United States with Camilla Wicks at Louisiana State University and San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and with Sergiu Luca at Rice University in Houston, Texas where he graduated with a Doctorate of Musical Arts in 2005. Tor Johan Bøen is noted for his performances of music from the Baroque era to the early 20th century on original instruments as well as performances on modern violin. He is the founder of Fragaria Vesca, an ensemble dedicated to musical performance on original instruments. He is a frequent guest concertmaster in European orchestras. His research on the music of the Belgian violinist and composer Eugène Ysaÿe has resulted in numerous recordings and radio programs. He has also recorded music by Geirr Tveitt, David Monrad Johansen, Fartein Valen, and Klaus Egge, for the Simix Classics label.