After studies with Göran Nyberg, Knut Guettler and Gary Karr (he also worked as Karr's assistant in 1981-82) he made his Oslo solo-debut in 1985 and since then he has been busy as soloist and chamber musician all over the world. He regularly performs at international chamber music festivals but also as soloist. He frequently participates in many international bass conventions around the world for example in Paris, Berlin, Wroclaw, Penn State, Odense and 2011 in San Fransisco and Brno. He has also been a jury member at international bass competitions.
Styffe has recorded three critically acclaimed solo CD's on SIMAX Classics and his fourth will be released 2012.
He has commissioned a number of new pieces, and he works regularly with composers like Rolf Martinsson, Fredrik Högberg, Teppo Hauta-Aho, Bernard Salles, Paul Ramsier, Rune Rebne, Henrik Hellstenius, Jon Øyvind Ness, Gisle Kverndokk, John Persen, Asbjørn Schaatun, Ruben Sverre Gjertsen, Marcus Paus and Erlend Skumsvoll.
In April 2011 Styffe premiered and recorded Rolf Martinsson's Double Bass Concerto with Oslo Philharmonic/Saraste and later the same year he recorded Fredrik Högberg's concerto "Hitting the First Bass" with Tromsø Chamber Orchestra and Kolbjørn Holthe. Styffe performed the world premiere of this concerto with The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Isabelle van Keulen.
After his studies Styffe was appointed Principal Bassist in The Norwegian Opera Orchestra and later Principal Bassist with The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra (under Iona Brown's leadership). He is currently holding the chair of Co-Principal Bassist at The Oslo Philharmonic (under Mariss Jansons, André Previn and Jukka Pekka Saraste).
Styffe was also member of the chamber ensemble Borealis for many years.
He performs regularly with many international musicians and the closest partners are so far violist Catherine Bullock, pianist Gonzalo Moreno and cellist Øystein Birkeland. During 2011 he will record duos with violinist Peter Herresthal.
Dan Styffe plays a Gasparo da Saló double bass made in Brescia, Italy in aproximately 1580. This instrument is owned by the foundation Dextra Musica, The Norwegian Savings Bank Foundation, DnB NOR.
(Photo: Sverre Christopher Jarild)