Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra dates back to 1765 and is thus one of the world’s oldest orchestras. In 2015 its 250-years anniversary will be celebrated. Edvard Grieg had a close relationship with the orchestra and was its artistic director during the years 1880-82. Andrew Litton was appointed Chief Conductor in 2003 and is now the orchestra’s Music Director until 2015. The Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena is engaged as Principal Guest Conductor and Halldis Rønning Assistant Conductor. Under Litton’s direction the…

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The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra dates back to 1765 and is thus one of the world’s oldest orchestras. In 2015 its 250-years anniversary will be celebrated. Edvard Grieg had a close relationship with the orchestra and was its artistic director during the years 1880-82. Andrew Litton was appointed Chief Conductor in 2003 and is now the orchestra’s Music Director until 2015. The Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena is engaged as Principal Guest Conductor and Halldis Rønning Assistant Conductor. Under Litton’s direction the orchestra has been increasing its international activities by means of touring, commissions and recording projects.    The orchestra, one of two Norwegian National Orchestras, has 100 players and tours regularly. During the last few seasons the orchestra has played in the Concertgebouw, Royal Albert Hall (PROMS 2007), Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Philharmonie Munich, Carnegie Hall, New York and die Philharmonie in Berlin. An 11-concert tour of Sweden, Germany and Austria, with concerts in cities like Berlin, Vienna, Munich and Frankfurt, was completed spring 2011. In 2012 the orchestra will visit the Concertgebouw and the Rheingau Festival in Germany, whereas an England-tour is scheduled for 2013.  The orchestra has an active recording-schedule and is currently recording for BIS, Hyperion, Chandos and Aurora. In 2007 it received a special award for its recording of all Grieg’s orchestral music from The Grieg Society of Great Britain. In 2008 the orchestra was awarded the prestigious Spellemannprisen, «the Norwegian Grammy», for its performance of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet suites, conducted by Andrew Litton. Last year (2010) the recording of Prokofiev’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 (with Freddy Kempf) was nominated for the 2010 Gramophone Awards.   Since 2009 the orchestra has released 19 cds, including the Mendelssohn Symphonies Nos. 1 – 5 with Andrew Litton, Vol. I, II & III in the Johan Halvorsen Orchestral Works series with Neeme Järvi, Prokofiev Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 with Freddy Kempf, works for cello and orchestra by Prokofiev with Alban Gerhardt, works for viola and orchestra by Bartók, Serly and Rosza with Lawrence Power, two cds for the Norwegian label Aurora with contemporary Norwegian works by Lasse Thoresen and Knut Vaage, Bruch Violin Concerto with Vadim Gluzman and Andrew Litton, Piano Concertos by Grieg and Liszt with Stephen Hough, and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, Petrushka and the Firebird with Andrew Litton. December 2011