DUO OKTAVA

 

Toril Syrrist-Gelgota

cello

Povilas Syrrist-Gelgota

viola

Duo Oktava is an unique international ensemble focusing on both traditional concert forms and projects that require stylistic flexibility and creativity.

 

The concert program often starts with old music, then includes modern compositions based on old folk tunes and new romantic music f.e. by Norwegian composer Kjell Marcussen, and then ends with Lthuanian and Norwegian folk music.

 

Duo Oktava has participated in several international festivals and performed over 400 concerts in Norway and abroad.

 

In 2007 they recorded the CD " Pilgrimage " with original compositions for viola and cello which consists of six folk music based compositions from different countries , composed by W.Lutoslawski, W.Piston, N.Sheriff, M.Karabey, Kj.Karlsen, R.Bartkeviciute

 

Duo Oktava is very interested in finding repertoire originaly written for viola-cello duo . They have "discovered " around 200 composers who have composed for this combination.

More than 20 compositions were composed for Duo Oktava .