Jens Harald Bratlie was born in 1948 and is considered to be among Norways leading pianists. He made his debut in 1965, and he has studied with Hans Solum, Robert Riefling and Vlado Perlemuter,among others. At the Conservatory in Paris he won the Premier Prix in 1967. Bratlie has often been soloist with Norwegian orchestras, also on tours including cities like London, Moscow, Leningrad/ St.Petersburg, Bonn, Madrid, Los Angeles and San Francisco. He has also been soloist with orchestras in several European countries and in the USA. Among conducters he has performed with, are Mariss Jansons, G. Roshdestvensky and D. Kitaienko. He has also toured with solo recitals in Russia, USA, Asia, Germany, the Scandinavian countries, among others. Bratlie has gained renown as a chamber-musician and is a member of Oslo Trio. With this trio he has toured extensively in many parts of the world.
Both as soloist and chamber-musician he has made many recordings ( a.o. Grieg’s piano concerto in A minor, Liszt, Schubert and 20th century Norwegian music) Bratlie has won several awards, including the Grieg-award, the Critics’ award and the Spellemann Pris (the Norwegian Grammy Award) twice. He has given masterclasses in Scandinavia, France, Spain, USA and South-Africa.
Bratlie is Professor Emeritus at the Norwegian Academy of Music, where he has been teaching since the start in 1973 until he retired 2018. In the period 1999 – 2002 he was also principal.