Norwegian National Youth Orchestra was founded in 1973 by Leif Jørgensen (former concert master in the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra), Harry Kvebæk (former trumpet principal in the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra) and Karsten Andersen (former chief conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra). The orchestra has always had an intention to prepare young musicians for a professional carrier as orchestra musicians, by giving them the experience to sit in a full symphonic orchestra. More than hundred musicians have played with the orchestra, many of them now work in professional orchestras in Norway and abroad.


This is some of the conductors and soloists Norwegian National Youth Orchestra has played with the last 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.


Important tours

In 1997 the orchestra was invited to preform all the Beethoven symphonies with conductor Marc Soustrot at the Beethoven festival in Bonn. In year 2000 the orchestra together with Håvard Gimse, played at the World’s Fair 2000 in Hannover and the Young Euro Classic festival in Berlin. In 2002 the orchestra went on tour to Bergen, Stavanger and Oslo with soloist Leif Ove Andsnes and conductor Ole Kristian Ruud. Norwegian National Youth Orchestra visited Berlin and the Yong Euro Classic festival again in 2006 and was very well received. In 2007-2008 the orchestra collaborates with Stavanger – European Capitol of Culture 2008. In 2013 the Norwegian National Orchestra was again invited to play at Young Euro Classic in Berlin, and went on an extended tour to Provence in France, with soloist Solveig Kringlebotn and conductor Ole Kristian Ruud.

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