My work is centered on a spiritual understanding and practice of music and philosophy as part of the renewal of anthroposophy that springs from the work of Yeshayahu Ben-Aharon. This work leads into a gradual and organic development and transformation of self-consciousness to higher modes of thinking and perception.
I studied piano with prof. Jiri Hlinka and prof. Håvard Gimse in Oslo, and prof. Heide Görtz in Berlin, and I studied philosophy at Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy in London. Presently I am doing a PhD in Performance Practice at the Norwegian Academy of Music, associated with CEMPE under the guidance of Erling E. Guldbrandsen (University of Oslo) and Eric Alliez (University of Paris 8). In addition to my research I am co-running the independent printing press Dynamis – and playing piano and clavichord as much as time allows, of course. Especially the clavichord, as that allows me to practice while my daughters are asleep!
As pianist I have given concerts in Scandinavia, Great Britain and Germany as soloist, chamber-musician and accompanist, performing at Borealis festival, Spor festival, New Music’s Oslo Chamber-music festival and Weimar Neue Musikfesttage. My repertoar includes contemporary and classical music as well as some of my own material as part of the duo Kōan with Juhani Silvola. I play in the ensemble Chamber-chameleons. In a former incarnation I played regularly with soprano Silvia Moi; with pianist Ingrid Andsnes; performed as soloist with Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra; and have been played with ensembles such as asamisimasa and NeoN.
My work with meditation, contemplative and spiritual research and practices is based in the works of Rudolf Steiner, and I have studied Anthroposophy with Yeshayahu Ben-Aharon for many years, since 2010 also as part of the Global Event College. The collaboration with Ben-Aharon resulted in the annual Art&Event festival which I co-founded with him and organized as part of GEC between 2011 and 2016.
In my philosophical and artistic work, I try to articulate and give expression to a transformation of thinking and sensation into an experience of weaving in real forces, experienced in full self-consciousness. My practice in this field follows the new Cognitive Yoga outlined by Rudolf Steiner and Yeshayahu Ben-Aharon, as well as the metamorphosis of thinking and perception I have found expressed in the transcendental empiricism of philosopher Gilles Deleuze.
I live on a peninsula outside Oslo, and work as a freelance pianist, researcher in music, philosophy, spirituality and anthroposophy. I also have a position as organist and a small teaching position in philosophy at a Waldorf high-school.
You can reach me at torbjorn.eftestol @ gmail.com You can also follow my work on Facebook