Born in Bodø, North Norway, Arvid Engegård is one of Norway’s most prominent conductors and is the first violinist of the Engegård Quartet.
Following studies at Trondheim Conservatory and Eastman School of Music, Arvid Engegård made the most important musical step of his life when he moved to Salzburg to study with Sándor Végh. A year after his arrival, he was invited by Végh to lead Camerata Academica, a position he kept for eight years. Highlights from this period include the recording of the complete Divertimentos by Mozart (including several violin solos most notably the Haffner Serenade) and the complete Piano Concertos by Mozart with András Schiff.
Arvid Engegård was the first violinist in the Orlando Quartet for several years and has performed regularly in Europes most prestigious chamber music festivals including Lockenhaus, the Salzburg Festival, Musiktage Mondsee and Mozartwoche of the Stiftung Mozarteum.
Arvid Engegård has developed a considerable career as a conductor. Orchestras he has worked with include the BBC Concert Orchestra, Ljubliana Philharmonic, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, Göteborg Symphony Orchestra, Winterthur Symphony Orchestra and all the Norwegian orchestras including the Oslo Philharmonic. He was the featured Norwegian conductor for the Norwegian Radio Orchestra 2011-2012 and continues his partnership with them.
Together with music manager Knut Kirkesæther, Arvid Engegård founded the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival in 2004 and is its Artistic Director.