Secret Garden is an award-winning Irish-Norwegian duo playing new instrumental music, also sometimes erroneously known as neo-classical music. Secret Garden features the Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry and the Norwegian composer-pianist Rolf Løvland. The duo has sold over 3 million albums and won the Eurovision Song Contest for Norway’s second time in 1995, with the composition ”Nocturne”.
It was the only time to date that a predominantly instrumental piece has won the Eurovision Song Contest, although a few Norwegian lyrics, written by screenwriter Petter Skavlan, were included to ensure that the entry adhered to the contest’s rules. Their success at Eurovision spearheaded the success of their first album ”Songs From a Secret Garden”, which sold over a million copies around the world.