Norwegian National Youth Orchestra was founded in 1973 by the passionate musicians Leif Jørgensen (former Concertmaster of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra), Harry Kvebæk (former principal trumpet in Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra) and Karsten Andersen (former chief conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra). From the beginning, the orchestra has aimed to provide young musicians on their way to a professional career experience in playing in a fully developed symphony orchestra and performing important orchestral repertoire. Hundreds of musicians have played in the orchestra, many of whom have since been employed in professional orchestras in Norway and abroad.
THESE ARE SOME OF THE CONDUCTORS AND SOLOISTS WHO THE ORCHESTRA HAS PERFORMED WITH IN RECENT YEARS:
Leif Ove Andsnes, Truls Mørk, Solveig Kringlebotn, Håkan Hardenberger, Barbara Hendricks, Henning Kraggerud, Anders Loguin, Eirik Raude, Ragnhild Heiland Sørensen, Håvard Gimse, Arve Tellefsen, Elisabeth Nordberg-Schulz, Ole Edvard Antonsen, Alban Gerhardt, Marita Kvarving Sølberg, Michael Collins, Marianne Beate Kielland, Henning Kraggerud, Martin Fröst. Eivind Aadland, Joseph Swensen, Andrey Boreyko, Ole Kristian Ruud, Rolf Gupta, Kristjan Järvi, Paavo Berglund, Marc Soustrot, Per Kristian Skalstad, Terje Mikkelsen, George Pehlivanian, Nicolae Moldoveanu, Leon Spierer, Carlos Spierer, Grzegorz Nowak, Hans Vonk, Ari Rasilainen, Emmanuel Krivine, Heinz Wallberg, Michel Tabachnik, Joseph Caballé Domenech, Peter Szilvay, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Ingar Bergby, Arvid Engegård.
In 1997, the orchestra was invited to perform all of Beethoven’s symphonies conducted by Marc Soustrot at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn. In 2000, the orchestra played with soloist Håvard Gimse at the World Expo 2000 in Hanover and Young Euro Classic Festival in Berlin. In 2002 the orchestra toured to Bergen, Stavanger and Oslo with soloist Leif Ove Andsnes and conductor Ole Kristian Ruud. In 2006, Norwegian National Youth Orchestra visited Berlin and Young Euro Classic Festival where they received brilliant reviews. The years 2007 and 2008 the orchestra had extensive cooperation with the European Capital of Culture Stavanger 2008 with concerts in Stavanger’s many venues.