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Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra dates back to 1765 and is thus one of the world’s oldest orchestras. In 2015 it will celebrate its 250-years anniversary. Edvard Grieg had a close relationship with the orchestra and was its artistic director during the years 1880-82. The modern orchestra owes much to Harald Heide, who was artistic director fromBergen Philharmonic Orchestra 1908 until 1948, and to Karsten Andersen who held the post from 1964 until 1985. Principal conductors since then have been Aldo Ceccato, Dmitrij Kitajenko, Simone Young and, with effect from 2003, the American conductor Andrew Litton, who is now the orchestra’s Music Director until 2015. The Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena is engaged as Principal Guest Conductor. Edward Gardner is appointed Chief Conductor of the orchestra from the 2015/2016 season.

The orchestra – one of two Norwegian National Orchestras – has 98 players, tours regularly, and is participating at the Bergen Festival on an annual basis. During the last few seasons the orchestra has played at the Concertgebouw, the 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 in spring 2011.

In the autumn 2014 the orchestra has started the 250 year jubilee which culminated in gala concert on 8 and 9 October and an anniversary final concert on 10 and 11 December 2015 with Schönberg’s “Gurre-Lieder”. Edward Gardner took on the orchestra in the 2015/2016 season as chief conductor.

From 15 – 18 November 2016, the orchestra was on tour in Germany.

The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra will return to Germany in April 2019 with concerts in Cologne, Nuremberg and Heidelberg.

> read the whole press release with detailed information about the tour in April 2019 (in German)

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