The artistic directors and guest leaders throughout its history have been Iona
Brown, Leif Ove Andsnes, Isabelle van Keulen, Martin Fröst, François Leleux and Steven Isserlis together with our current artistic director Terje Tønnesen who has held this role since the orchestra’s formation.
The orchestra’s international tours to Europe, Asia and North America have received outstanding reviews at many of the world’s prestigious concert halls and festivals. With nearly 40 recordings to date, the NCO has recorded comprehensive chamber orchestra repertoire with distinguished soloists. Highlights include the Norwegian award ‘Spellemannpris’ winning recordings of Grieg / Nielsen works and Haydn piano concertos with Leif Ove Andsnes and Janacek’s Kreutzer Sonata and Intimate letters arranged for string orchestra.