Established 1765 and is thus one of the world’s oldest orchestras. It has status as Norwegian National Orchestra, has 101 players and has a strong international profile thanks to touring, critically acclaimed recordings, commissions and its free live stream service BergenPhiLive. In 2018 the orchestra is re-visiting BBC Proms, Concertgebouw and is the first Norwegian orchestra to perform at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. The orchestra also runs the Bergen Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, established in 2015 as part of the 250-anniversary celebrations.
Chief Conductor: Edward Gardner.