Ole Edvard Antonsen is regarded as one of the most outstanding trumpet soloists world-wide. After winning the First Prizes of the CIEM-competition in Geneva in 1987 and the UNESCO Competition in Bratislava in 1989, he left his position at the Oslo Philharmonic and started his career as a full time performing and recording soloist.
He has collaborated with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurter Museumsorchester, Ljubljana Radio Orchestra, Musica Vitae, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Spanish Brass Luur Metalls, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Trondheim Soloists, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Württembergische Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, and many other ensembles. He gave recitals and was touring extensively in Austria, Brazil, England, Japan, Germany, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and Scandinavia.
Ole Edvard Antonsen has performed as soloist under the direction of the world’s leading conductors such as Jiri Belohlavek, Mariss Jansons, Kent Nagano, Joel Levi, and Jeffrey Tate. He has further performed with orchestras and chamber orchestras like the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Czhech Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Dresdner Philharmonie, English Chamber Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo, Stockholm Radio Orchestra, Württembergisches Kammerorchester, and many others.
Ole Edvard Antonsen also appears in recitals with many fine wind and brass ensembles. He has taken a keen interest in contemporary music and has premiered more than 40 works written especially for him.
Antonsen has appeared as a soloist and guest soloist in more than 60 different CD productions of all genres. The rock-inspired CD "Tour de Force" sold more than 140.000 copies in Norway alone. Antonsen’s remarkable versatility has resulted in numerous successful collaborations with pop, rock, and jazz musicians, such as John Miles, Level 42, Mark King, Lisa Stansfield, and Willem Breuker Kollektif. In April 2007 his recording "The Golden Age of the Cornet" got an Diapason d'Or.
In season 2009/2010 Ole Edvard Antonsen´s performances included among other things concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Kristjan Järvi in Barbican Hall where he playd the James MacMillan Epiclesis, a work which he also be performed with the Aarhus Symphonic Orchestra, he aslo appeared at the Kissingen Winterzauber Festival and undertake a tour of the Far East.