Established in 1977. The international breakthrough came with the 1979 release of Grieg´s complete works for string orchestra. Terje Tønnessen was the orchestra´s artistic director from the very beginning; Iona Brown held this position from 1981 to 2001. Leif Ove Andsnes has been the orchestra’s first guest leader from 2002 – 2010. The collaboration with the cellist Mstislav Rostropovich has perhaps been the most significant. Through his characterization of the orchestra as one of the best chamber orchestras in the world, he helped open doors to venues such as La Scala, Gewandhaus and Royal Albert Hall. Many of the orchestra’s recordings have been awarded prizes, both nationally and internationally.
Artistic Leader: Terje Tønnesen.