Portrait of S E Olsen


"A cool poise, achieved from the assurance of a rock-hard technique coupled with an intense sense of drama in the music making, went on to compel attention and interest throughout his program."

Hilary Finch: London Times

"A commanding technique, strong projection of both music and personality, and a substantial program combined to produce the favourable impact that so many hope for in vain. ... he is a master of his craft and a genuine artist who will be welcome to return."

Music & Musicians

"Stein-Erik Olsen`s concert was one of those occasions when it was a real pleasure to be a part of the audience at the Wigmore Hall. I for one could quite happily have sat through a repeat performance."

Guitar International

"One of the finest recitals I’ve had the pleasure of attending, absolute magic of a rare order, far beyond mere practice."

Classical Guitar

"Philharmonisches Orkester Frankfurt Oder Stein Erik Olsen war der Solist im Concierto de Aranjuez für Gitarre und Orchester von J. Rodrigo, eine Komponsition in der Tradition der spanischen Gitarren musik. Sein virtuoses spiel verriert ein genaues wissen um die klanglichen Möglichkeiten des Instruments, das verhalten und introvertiert angesprochen, einen vielbeschworenen Zauber und klanglichen Reiz verbreitet."

Winfried Kühne

Portrait of S E Olsen


- The players handle the challenges with a sense of bravura, never losing control and bringing energy to the music. In this dramatic and enjoyable performance there is an excellent sense of ensemble throughout. ("L'espace entre nous")

Carla Rees at Musicweb

- It is all played superbly by Stein-Erik Olsen. "3-way project"

Colin Cooper, Classical Guitar Magazine

- The possibilities found in the guitar are utilised with elegance and knowledge, creating many special and fascinating moods along the way. Technically and musically Stein-Erik Olsen has never been better. "3-way project"

Espen Selvik, Bergens Tidende

- Stein-Erik Olsen meistert jede Klippe...... Eine wirklich faszinierende Platte.


"I would install him in the pantheon of guitar greats somewhere near Julian Bream. "Song and Dances."


"I can give no higher praise. This is an exceptional recording "Blue Sonata."

Guitar International

"The playing here is compelling "Blue Sonata."


"It is rare enough to find a guitarist with both a fluent and clean technique and an elegance of style, but to find this coupled with a beautiful feel for tone color and touch and a considerable sensitivity of phrasing is so rare that the world of music must welcome him with open arms. Stein Erik Olsen has shown on his first recording that he is such a player. A most impressive recording."

Alice Artzt: New York

"En conclusion, voilà le disque très réussi d’un très bon guitariste , très engagé, très chaud, enthousiaste et dévoué à l’expression contemporaine, possédant un jeu puissant et une grande variété de timbres."

Bernard Piris /Les Cahiers de la Guitarre