The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

Since its formation in 1977 the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra has established itself as one of the foremost chamber orchestras on the international classical music scene. The orchestra´s international tours to Europe, Asia and the USA have received outstanding reviews at many of the world´s prestigious concert halls and festivals. With nearly 40 recordings to date, the NCO has recorded comprehensive chamber orchestra repertoire with distinguished soloists, including Leif Ove Andsnes, Terje Tønnesen, Iona Brown, Lars Anders Tomter and Tine Thing Helseth.

The orchestra draws on an enviable roster of distinguished Norwegian and international soloists and has always been dedicated to presenting contemporary music as part of its concert  repertoire. In this endeavor, the NCO continually commissions and premieres new works from composers around the world. The NCO currently presents its own concert series at the University Aula in Oslo and performs in major concert venues in Oslo in addition to organizing regular tours to many parts of Norway.

The artistic directors and guest leaders throughout its history have been Iona Brown, Leif Ove Andsnes and Isabelle van Keulen together with our current artistic director Terje Tønnesen who has held this role since the orchestra´s formation in 1977.

The NCO is a project orchestra comprised of Norway´s finest  instrumentalists. Through integrating experienced musicians with talented young instrumentalists, the orchestra continuously develops its unique style and innovative culture, thereby greatly contributing to the position Norwegian musicians and ensembles hold internationally. Since 2011, the NCO has been in close collaboration with Risør Chamber Music Festival and is now orchestra-in-residence at the festival.