The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir is among the leading chamber choirs in Europe. Equally at home with Classical and Romantic repertoire as well as contemporary music, the choir makes regular excursions into folk-derived music and national Romantic works.
The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir was founded in 1950 by the composer Knut Nystedt, who served as its conductor for 40 years. In 1990 he was succeeded by Grete Pedersen, who remains the choir’s artistic director. Comprising 26 singers, the choir organizes numerous concerts on its own and participates in festivals in Norway and abroad. In recent years, it has collaborated with ensembles such as the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Lautten Compagney, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Accademia Bizantina, Oslo Sinfonietta, TrondheimSolistene, and Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir was named the performer of the year in 2012 by the Norwegian Society of Composers, receiving the Gammleng Award in the category of art music that same year. In 2015 the choir was nominated for the Norwegian Grammy award – Spellemannsprisen, for its recording Meins Lebens Licht: Nystedt-Bach.