Uranienborg Vokalensemble artist

Uranienborg Vokalensemble (UV) is the choir of Uranienborg Church in Oslo. The choir give concerts in the church and sings regularly in divine services. The choir is one of Norway’s leading vocal ensembles, consisting of 20-24 experienced singers, SATB. Elisabeth Holte is the ensemble’s conductor and Artistic Director. She received her music training at the Norwegian Academy of Music and has also studied conducting with Joseph Gifford in Boston, USA, and Eric Ericson in Stockholm. When she took up the post as Director of Music at Uranienborg Church in 2002, she founded Uranienborg Vokalensemble. The ensemble tours regularly in Norway, the rest of Scandinavia and the USA. Its repertoire is primarily Western European church music, a wide range of a cappella works and music for choir and organ/orchestra. The choir has recorded three albums: “Våkenetter” (2007), “Song” (2013) and now “Himmelrand” (2016). When UV was planning to record the present album, it decided to invite the soprano – and former member of the ensemble – Matilda Sterby to take part as soloist. She has studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music with Professor Barbro Marklund-Petersone, and since 2014 at the Academy of Opera in Oslo with the same teacher. The recording also features Inger-Lise Ulsrud on the organ. She is organist at Uranienborg Church, and is Professor of organ improvisation and organ at the Norwegian Academy of Music. In addition to an extensive concert programme in many parts of Europe and in Russia she gives regular masterclasses both at home and abroad. She has also participated in a large number of recordings and made several solo CDs. This is the first time Inger-Lise, UV and Elisabeth have worked together on a recording project. However, they have previously performed together on two concert tours: in Iceland in 2012 and in Denmark in 2014. Einar Solbu, who has written the commentary to each of the hymns performed here, has been organist at both Nordberg and Heggedal Churches. He has been Dean of Studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music and has also been Director of “Concerts Norway”. As chairman of the Board of the Lindeman Foundation he has for three years been one of the organizers of “Salmefoss” – a hymn festival in Uranienborg Church.