Soon, world famous musicians were coming to conduct it, relishing its youth and enthusiasm. Igor Stravinsky and Maurice Ravel visited Oslo to coach the musicians through brand new music.
Over the next half-century, the Oslo Philharmonic’s reputation grew steadily. Then, in 1979, it changed forever. Under Mariss Jansons, the Oslo orchestra became a rival to the great Philharmonics of Vienna, Berlin and New York. In 1986, EMI drew up the largest orchestral contract in its history, ensuring the world would hear the rich, visceral sound of the Oslo Philharmonic.
Three decades later and the world is still listening. The Oslo Philharmonic retains its spirit of discovery and its reputation for finesse. Under Jukka-Pekka Saraste it cultivated even more the weight and depth that Jansons had instilled; under new Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko, it works at the highest levels of detail and style.
In Oslo’s burgeoning cultural scene, the Philharmonic under Petrenko is a vital, forward-looking centenarian. The orchestra still travels the globe, from the Far East to the BBC Proms, Edinburgh Festival and other major European venues. Recent critically acclaimed recordings include a cycle of symphonies by Scriabin.
(Bio by Andrew Mellor)