Born in 1964 in Porsgrunn, Leif Arne Tangen Pedersen studied Clarinet
with Bendt Neuchs Sørensen in Copenhagen and with Larry Combs in
Chicago. Between 1985 and 1987 he was a member of the Forsvarets Stabsmusikkorps (The Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces). He then joined the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and in 1988 became Principal Solo Clarinet with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, which position he still holds. Leif Arne was appointed Director of Music of the Kongelige Norske Marines Musikkorps (Royal Norwegian Navy Band) in the autumn of 2003, leaving in 2008. Since 2011 Leif Arne has been Director of Music with the Luftforsvarets Musikkorps (The Band of
the Royal Norwegian Air Force) as well as being Professor of Clarinet at
the Norwegian Academy of Music. He is much sought after as a guest conductor, chamber musician and soloist.