Aksel Rykkvin (b. 11.04.2003) is a classically trained treble from the Children’s Chorus of the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet and Oslo Cathedral Boys’ Choir. He is in high demand as a soloist in operas, concerts and music festivals all across Norway. In March 2016 he received international acclaim for his role as ‘the boy’ in Rolf Wallin’s new opera Elysium. The Financial Times wrote that Aksel was “freakishly good, with a musical assurance and richness of tone that are almost superhuman”, and Frankfürter Allgemeine called him an «outstanding, fabulously confident boy soprano».
In January 2016, Aksel recorded his debut album in London, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, directed by Nigel Short. The album is titled “AKSEL! Arias by Bach, Handel and Mozart”, and will be released in September 2016. Part of the recording was funded by a crowdfunding campaign that garnered extensive international support.
Aksel has held very well attended solo concerts in Oslo and Nidaros Cathedrals, as well as solo church and house concerts. At several official functions, he has sung for the Prime Minister of Norway, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway, and also for the Secretary General of NATO. In November 2015 he sang with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra for a full Oslo Concert Hall. For summer 2016, he was booked for multiple performances at the chamber music festivals in Risør and Oslo. In June 2015 he was invited by assistant Director of Music Ben Parry to sing a solo program in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge.