Anders Sveaas' Almennyttige Fond
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ASAF - Anders Sveaas’ Charitable Foundation was established in 1990 and is a private foundation based in Oslo, Norway.

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“Konsul Anders Sveaas” by Nils Aas, Photo: Einar Aslaksen

ASAF could in 2020 celebrate its 30 years anniversary in pursuing its purpose to contribute to public and charitable causes, especially organizations without relevant public funding. The foundation was established by the Norwegian businessman and art collector Christen Sveaas and named after his grandfather Consul Anders Sveaas, the founder of AS Kistefos Træsliberi at Jevnaker in 1889. Among some of the beneficiaries in previous years you will find:

  • The Queen Sonja International Music Competition
  • Bergen Music Festival
  • The Kon-Tiki Classical Music Fest
  • Trondheim International Chamber Music Festival
  • The Kistefos Museum and Sculpture Park located at Jevnaker just outside of Oslo
  • Senior citizens residing in nursing homes in Oslo with wine for the Christmas and Easter holidays
  • Easter gifts for children who have to spend the holidays in hospitals in Oslo and surrounding counties
  • Scholarships for young talented Norwegian musicians


The Foundation also owns one of Europes finest collections of antique Italian string instruments, which the foundation lends out to young talented Norwegian musicians.The collection consists of the following instruments:

  • Antonio Stradivarius violin from 1689, "The Ragin Strad": New lender is currently sought for this instrument
  • Antonio Stradivari cello from 1707: Currently on loan to Andreas Brantelid
  • Antonio Stradivari violin from 1710: Currently on to Ludvig Gudim
  • Antonio Stradivarius violin from 1725, Cremona, "Duke of Cambridge, Bott, Spohr": New lender is currently sought for this instrument
  • Antonio Stradivari violin from 1725, "Leonardo Da Vinci": Currently on loan to David Coucheron
  • Antonio Stradivari violin from 1736 "Spencer Dyke": Currently on loan to Johan Dalene
  • G.B. Guadagnini violin from 1753, "The Skolnik": Currently on loan to Christopher Tun Andersen
  • G.B. Guadagnini violin from 1773, Torino: New lender is currently sought for this instrument
  • G.B. Guadagnini viola from 1745, Piacenza: Currently on loan to Soon-Mi Chung
  • Dominico Montagnana violin from 1730-40: Currently on loan to Ragnhild Kyvig Bauge
  • F. Ruggieri cello from 1687, Cremona: Curently on loan to Amalie Stalheim
  • F. Ruggieri cello from 1688, Cremona: Currently on loan to Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin
  • Antonius and Hieronymous Amati viola from 1616, Cremona: New lender is currently sought for this instrument