Ragnar Olsen


I was born and grew up in the tiny village of Skopun on the Faroe Islands. When I began to play the guitar at the age of 13, it was my uncle Poul Hentze, who opened up the world of music for me. He taught me the basic chord patterns and rudimentary note reading. At this stage I was drawn to the guitar by country and blues music.
However, all this changed at the age of 15 when I heard a recording of Francisco Tarregas Recuerdos de la Alhambra. From that moment my path was decided, I would learn whatever was necessary and nothing would stand in my way! Despite my incredible enthusiasm, it was no easy task to learn how to play the classical guitar on a tiny island in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean and it took nine years to find my way to The Vestjysk Music Conservatoire in Esbjerg where I studied with Jørgen Bjørslev. I graduated in 2004 and continued my studies with Timo Korhonen in Turku the following year. I am currently active both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. I have performed with the Faroese Symphony Orchestra and have given several solo recitals for the Faroese Summartónar Festival. In addition to my performing commitments, I also teach at the Tórshavn Music School and am the Director of the Sandoy Music School.

Ragnar Olsen
millum Gilja 70, FO-188 Hoyvík, Faroe Islands,
Tel. +298 229883, ragnar@staufferguitarduo.com