Are Sandbakken is an active chamber musician and sought after instructor. From 1995-2002 he was principal violist in Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under leadership of Mariss Jansons. He has been soloist with the orchestra several times, as well as with other Scandinavian and European orchestras. In 1991 he took part in the establishment of Oslo String Quartet, to day known as one of the leading quartets in Northern Europe. To day Sanbakken is a very active chamber music instructor and conductor.