Established 1989. The Cikada Ensemble has from the very outset consisted of flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, string quintet and conductor. As permanent members, the ten Cikadas have created a strong ensemble identity, and developed their highly acclaimed profile on the international contemporary music scene synonymous with the Oslo Sound of fresh, vibrant, warm and virtuosic interpretations of consciously selected, contemporary repertoire. Through concerts at major international festivals and on numerous albums, Cikada’s distinct ensemble profile has manifested itself in strong programming. In recent years, the ensemble has enjoyed close collaboration with composers such as James Dillon, Carola Bauckholt, Richard Barrett, Laurence Crane, Bent Sørensen and Eivind Buene. Cikada was awarded the prestigious Nordic Council Music Prize in 2005.
Artistic leader: Christian Eggen