Established 1765 and is thus one of the world’s oldest orchestras. In 2015 its 250-year anniversary will be celebrated. Edvard Grieg had a close relationship with the orchestra and was its artistic director during the years 1880-82. The orchestra, one of two Norwegian National Orchestras, has 100 players, tours regularly, and is participating at the Bergen Festival on an annual basis. The orchestra has during the last years released a large number of CDs with music by Norwegian and international composers, old and new.
Chief conductor until 2015: Andrew Litton.