The flutist Hans Olav Gorset is Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, where he teaches recorder, baroque flute and performance practice. He was educated in Oslo, New York, Basel, and Amsterdam. His PhD from 2011, The pleasurable passage of time, discusses and presents popular music in Norwegian 18th century manuscripts.
Gorset is a veteran of the early music scene in Norway, teaching at the Ringve International Summer Course in Trondheim for more than 20 years, and hosting radio programs about early music for the Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). With his ensemble Pro Musica Antiqua Oslo, an ensemble noted for its lively performances of medieval and renaissance music, he has recorded several CDs with Scandinavian early repertoire and performed in Europe and the US.
As a member of the Nordic Baroque Quartet he has toured in Scandinavia and recorded a program of little-known 18th century Scandinavian music. His recording of the Suites for flute and b.c. by the French 18th century composer Pierre Philidor (with Rolf Lislevand and Paolo Pandolfo) has won international acclaim.
Gorset is also accomplished in improvised music in many styles and genres. He has recorded for film and theatre, and performed as a soloist with several orchestras, both with modern and baroque instruments. In addition to being a musician, he finds time to make historical flutes.