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Oslo Chamber Music Festival

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen Posted: 05. Aug, 2014

One of the highlights of the classical concert season, the Oslo Chamber Music Festival kicks off its 25th edition in mid-August with a strong programme of stellar soloist and ensemble performances across Norway’s capital.

A tell-tale signs of the Scandinavian summer having passed its zenith: the Oslo Chamber Music Festival unfolds for a week of stellar soloist and ensemble performances in some of the Norwegian capital’s most beautiful concert venues.

Kicking off on Aug 16th and lasting until the 23rd, the 2014 Oslo Chamber Music Festival offers Oslo’s inhabitants and visitors top-class chamber music from Norwegian and international musicians. Throughout its 25 year history, the festival has taken pride in always presenting young talents in addition to the established stars.

Norwegian soloists include Håvard Gimse, Arve Tellefsen, Ola Kvernberg, Håkon Kornstad, Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad, Frode Haltli, Håkon Thelin, Johannes Weisser as well as Mari Silje and Håkon Samuelsen (featured earlier this summer on our site HERE).

Adding to a strong roster of Norwegian performers is an impressive list of international soloists that includes Ian Bostridge, Paul Kirby, Werner Güra, Mayuko Kamio, Paul Lewis
Ensembles that feature prominently at the 2014 festival roster includes Ensemble Allegria, Håkon Kornstad Tenor Battle, Oslo Cathedral Choir, Oslo Sinfonietta, Vertavo Quartet, Akademie Für Alte Musik.

Artistic Director of the Oslo Chamber Music Festival: Arve Tellefsen

The main man behind Oslo Chamber Music Festival is Norway’s acclaimed violinist Arve Tellefsen. He was the initiator of the first festival in 1989. Since then Oslo Chamber Music Festival has been an annual event, with Arve Tellefsen as artistic director.

The Oslo Chamber Music Festival not only features a world-class roster. The festival offers its attendees a chance to see some of Oslo’s most beautiful concert venues, including places that are not usually open for the public. Historical gems such as the Akershus Castle Church, the University Aula, Gamle Logen, Oscarshall, the chapel at the Royal Palace and the medieval church Gamle Aker have been used through the festival’s first 20 years.

Full programme HERE.