Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the world’s oldest orchestras and once had Grieg as its artistic director.

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra dates back to 1765, and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2015. Edvard Grieg had a close relationship with the orchestra, serving as Artistic Director from 1880–82.

Appointed Chief Conductor in 2015, Edward Gardner, is the current Music Director.

The Bergen Philharmonic has in recent seasons played at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, the Wiener Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall, New York and the Philharmonie, Berlin.

The orchestra has an active recording schedule for three record companies; BIS, Chandos and Hyperion. Critics worldwide acknowledge its energetic playing style and full-bodied string sound. Recent and ongoing projects include Messiaen’s ‘Turangalîla-Symphonie’, ballets by Stravinsky, Barber’s Cello Concerto and a Prokofiev-cycle for BIS with Andrew Litton. 

Enjoying longstanding artistic partnerships with some of the world’s finest musicians, the orchestra has recorded with Leif Ove Andsnes, James Ehnes, Alban Gerhardt, Vadim Gluzman, Stephen Hough, Freddy Kempf, Truls Mørk, Steven Osborne, and Lawrence Power, amongst others.

In 2007 the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra was awarded the Grieg Prize for the BIS recording of Grieg’s complete works for orchestra.

Read more about the orchestra on their webpage: www.harmonien.no

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, photo by Oddleiv Apneseth.