Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester artist

One of the world’s oldest orchestras, BERGEN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA dates back to 1765 and is celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2015. Edvard Grieg had a close relationship with the orchestra, and served as its artistic director during the years 1880-1882. Andrew Litton has led the orchestra since 2003, attracting international attention to the ensemble not only through acclaimed tours to Concertgebouw, London Proms, Carnegie Hall, Berliner Philharmonie and Vienna’s Musikverein, but also through award-winning recordings on the BIS and Hyperion labels. Edward Gardner, the acclaimed outgoing Music Director of the English National Opera, has been appointed Chief Conductor for a three-year tenure starting in October 2015. The orchestra has an active recording schedule, and recent recording projects include Messiaen’s TurangalîlaSymphony under the direction of Juanjo Mena, Stravinsky and Prokofiev cycles with Andrew Litton, as well as Tchaikovsky, Halvorsen and Svendsen series with Neeme Järvi. The orchestra’s recording of the complete orchestral music of Edvard Grieg conducted by Ole Kristian Ruud remains the reference point in a competitive field. The first collaboration on disc between Edward Gardner and the orchestra was a recording of orchestral realisations by Luciano Berio, and together they have just completed a 3-volume series of Janacek recordings. A string of new and exciting recording projects will follow. Digital Concert Hall is a new, free streaming service from Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. We are the only symphonic orchestra in Norway which streams concerts regularly. Visit our digital concert hall at