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General Manager: Mr. Lars Igesund
P.O. Box 5190 Majorstua, N-0302 Oslo
tel +47-23 36 7213/7903, fax +47-23 36 70 01
The Norwegian National Youth Orchestra aims to be:
The Norwegian National Youth Orchestra is known for its high musical quality. The orchestra hold its sessions 3-4 weeks every summer in the small town of Elverum. Three concert programs involving renowned conductors and soloists are presented every year at the Elverum Music Festival, as well as at other venues in Norway and abroad.
The objective of the orchestra is and has always been to give young and potential professional musicians the possibility to play in a large ensemble and perform symphonic repertoire. Over the years several hundred young people have played in the orchestra, most of them are today members of professional ensembles either in Norway or abroad. The orchestra is credited for having contributed greatly to the quality of Norwegian orchestras.
Approximately 110 – 110 musicians are accepted every year by audition and by application. Students at music conservatories and academies are qualified to apply. About 10 % of the orchestra are foreign students, mainly from the other Nordic countries.
Recent years the orchestra worked with renowned musicians such as:
Soloists: Leif Ove Andsnes,Truls Mørk, Solveig Kringlebotn,Håkan Hardenberger, Barbara Hendricks, Henning Kraggerud, Anders Loguin, Eirik Raude, Ragnhild Heiland Sørensen, Håvard Gimse, Arve Tellefsen, Elisabeth Nordberg-Schulz, Ole Edvard Antonsen, Alban Gerhardt, Marita Kvarving Sølberg, Michael Collins.
Conductors: Eivind Aadland, Joseph Swensen, Andrey Boreyko, Ole Kristian Ruud, Rolf Gupta, Kristjan Järvi, Paavo Berglund, Marc Soustrot, Per Kristian Skalstad, Terje Mikkelsen, George Pehlivanian, Nicolae Moldoveanu, Leon Spierer, Carlos Spierer, Grzegorz Nowak, Hans Vonk, Ari Rasilainen, Emmanuel Krivine, Heinz Wallberg, Michael Tabachnik.
In 1997 the orchestra was invited to play all the Beethoven symphonies at the 35th Beethoven Festival in Bonn conducted by Marc Soustrot. In 2000 the orchestra performed with pianist Håvard Gimse and conductor Ole Kristian Ruud at Expo 2000 in Hannover and at the young.euro.classic festival in Berlin. In 2002 the orchestra toured important Norwegian venues with soloist Leif Ove Andsnes and conductor Ole Kristian Ruud. The orchestra returned to Berlin and the young.euro.classic festival in 2006 where they received wonderful reviews. In 2007 and 2008 NNYO features in the programme for the European Capital of Culture, Stavanger 2008, and will arrange concerts at several of the city's concert arenas.