Ellen Bødtker is an innovative artist and composer with a broad repertoire, spanning from Mozart and Ravel to contemporary and crossover music. Ellen has performed in most concert halls, stages and festivals in Norway, and visited many parts of the world with her harp. She is a harpist with distinctive features and is one of Scandinavias leading harp soloists. She is recognized for her strong commitment to contemporary music, and collaborates with several of the prominent nordic composers. She plays with the Norwegian ensemble Oslo Sinfonietta.www.oslosinfonietta.com. She has toured with The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, performing at several prestigious festivals around the world.

Ellen has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, The Norwegian Chamber Music Orchestra,St Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, The Nordia-Ensemble of Sweden, The Norwegian Wind Ensemble in Kristiansand, and The Wind Ensemble in Harstad.

As a soloist she has performed in Italy, Canada, USA, England, Russia,Japan and Germany.
Ellen has, at several occasions, appeared on TV and radio. Also hosting her own TV-shows featuring Spanish and French music for harp.She performed at Japanese TV NHK WORLD WAVE MORNING and at Norwegian TV NRK with The Edvard Munch performance LIFEBLOOD, which she founded in the Munch anniversary 2013.
The performance is invited to New York City and Tokyo this season.The music composed to Lifeblood was newly released on Warner Music. Feel free to visit the web site : http://www.hjerteblod.no


“FRENCH MUSIC FOR HARP AND STRINGS” marks her Solo debut on the label Naxos international. The album has received excellent reviews in Norway and internationally. The album also features The Vertavo Quartet.
“VILLVENG”, released in 2003, is her sophomore recording with Norwegian music, featuring both her own compositions and works by other composers. The album features several acclaimed artists, including Lars Lillo- Stenberg and trumpetist Arve Henriksen.
SONaR, released in 2009, comprises Norwegian music written especially for her by composer Magnar Åm.

Ellen has recorded several albums with the Norwegian boys choir ” SØLVGUTTENE”, whereas “JULEMESSE” from 2007 received outstanding reviews from the Norwegian press.
“PACEM” from 2012 contains a new piece by Bjørn Kruse written for her and Sølvguttene with texts by Lars Saabye Christensen.
ONCE UPON A SUMMER from 2015 contents Bødtkers´music to poetry by Jan Erik Vold.
“I LOOK” released in June 2017 contains Ellen Bødtkers´ music combined with a new expression where she implements elements from the planets sound and the Nordic light.
Arve Henriksen performs on his magic trumpet, Erik Honoré on synthesizer and electronics, and Eirik Raude on percussion. Poetry is by Sigbjørn Obstfelder, and the album is produced by Ellen Bødtker herself and recorded at Rainbow Studio in Oslo, Norway by ESB Records.

She also collaborates with several well known singers as Eir Inderhaug, Linda Øvrebø and Njål Sparbo.

In 2009 she performed as soloist with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonics at The Nordic music festival in St. Petersburg. This was the world premiere  of Karsten Fundals “The Shore” and Maja Ratkjes “Mood IV” written for her.


  • Norwegian State Academy
  • Hochshule fur Musik und Dartstellende Kunst, Wien
  • Indiana university in Bloomington, USA


  • The Norwegian states exchange scholarship
  • The Norwegian states travel fund
  • The Norwegian states establishing fund
  • Fund of performing artists
  • Fund of sound and picture
  • H. Chr. Houens scholarship
  • W .Wilhelmsens scholarship
  • Hejes scholarship
  • Arvesens Scholarship fund
  • Scholarship, USA
  • The Norwegian national youth orchestra’s scholarship