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; publishing research for the Rudolf Steiner University College, Oslo; as well as 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 daughter is 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