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Since its formation in 1977 the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra has secured a reputation for itself for its innovative programming and creativity. The artistic directors and guest leaders of the orchestra have included Iona Brown, Leif Ove Andsnes, Martin Fröst, François Leleux and Steven Isserlis together with the current artistic director Terje Tønnesen, who has held this rôle since the orchestra’s formation. The orchestra’s international tours to Europe, Asia and North America have received outstanding reviews at many of the world’s prestigious concert halls and festivals. With nearly forty recordings to date, the NCO has recorded comprehensive chamber orchestra repertoire with distinguished soloists, including Leif Ove Andsnes, Terje Tønnesen, Iona Brown, Truls Mørk, Lars Anders Tomter and Tine Thing Helseth. Highlights include Spellemannpris winning recordings of Grieg/Nielsen works and Haydn piano concertos with Leif Ove Andsnes. The orchestra draws on an enviable roster of Norwegian and international soloists and has always been dedicated to presenting contemporary music as part of its concert repertoire. The NCO currently presents its own concert series at the University Aula in Oslo and performs in major concert venues in Norway. Since 2011, the NCO has been in close collaboration with the Risør Chamber Music Festival and is now orchestra-in-residence at the festival.

Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Photo: Mona Ødegaard

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