Jakob Dingstad is a Norwegian viola player based in Helsinki, Finland. Since 2017, he holds the position as Principal Viola in The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. After years of study at the Barratt Due Institute of Music and the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Jakob received his Master’s Degree with Prof. Lars Anders Tomter at the latter institution in December 2017.
In November of 2017, Jakob was soloist with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante together with violinist Laura Vikman under the baton of Bernard Labadie.
Already at a young age, he has gained broad orchestral experience in several Nordic orchestras, and is also a sought-after chamber musician. He is a founding member of tongue-in-cheek named Quartetto Testosterone, with a portfolio ranging from American minimalist music to performing Norwegian music in New York’s Carnegie Hall. The quartet played 4 concerts and gave masterclasses in the USA in April 2018. His second string quartet, the Ratatosk Quartet, performed 10 major string quartets in one week at the 2015 Grieg in Bergen festival, received a “Special Mention” at the Janáček Competion in Brno, Czech Republic, and was later that year invited to participate in the Carl Nielsen Competition in Copenhagen, Denmark. Both quartets have taken part in European Chamber Music Academy sessions around Europe.