Håkon Stene is active Internationally as a soloist and chamber musician across multiple genres, initiator and commissioner of new works, recording artist, producer, teacher, and researcher. His solo and chamber recordings have been awarded the Norwegian Grammy (Spellemann) in the category of contemporary music and “open genre” five times.
He studied in Oslo, Freiburg, and San Diego. From 2005 to 2008 he was selected for the launch programme “INTRO” for young soloists by Concerts Norway. As a soloist he performed with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, London Sinfonietta, Oslo Sinfonietta, 2e2m and others. Furthermore he plays with ensembles such as asamisimasa (contemporary), Pantha Du Prince Conference of Trees (techno), and Nils Økland Ensemble (Folk Impro), including venues and festivals throughout Europe, the U.S. and Asia.
Håkon Stene collaborates with numerous composers across generations and styles. A special interest of his has been the expanded role of the instrumentalist in experimental music. This topic was explored in the research projects “’This is Not a Drum’ – Towards a Post-Instrumental Practice” and the post-doctoral project “Music with the Real” undertaken at the Norwegian Academy of Music from 2010 to 2017. In 2017 he was appointed professor of percussion at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg.