The Norwegian conductor Grete Pedersen is one of the most renowned conductors in the international choral scene. Since 1990 Grete Pedersen is Music Director of the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir whose recordings were awarded the ‘Choc de la Musique’ and the ‘Prix d'Or’ from Diapason.
Grete Pedersen is a demanded guest conductor and has worked with the Eric Ericson Kammerchor, Schwedischen Rundfunkchor, Netherlands Radio Chor, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Danish National Vocal Ensemble and Choir, Rundfunkchor Berlin, MDR Leipzig Radio Choir, Chamber Choir Ireland, Pro Coro Canada, Tokyo Cantat, World Youth Choir, Freiburger Barockorchester, Stavanger Symphony, Slovenian Philharmonic among others. Grete Pedersen and the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir were invited to participate in the highly-acclaimed project “150 psalms” at Early Music Festival Utrecht, New York and Brussels in 2017/18.
Future highlights will see engagements with the Netherlands Chamber Choir, Choeur de Radio France, Croatian Radio Choir, Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Netherlands Bach Society, Estonian Male Choir, BBC Singers, Latvian Radio Choir among others.
Pedersen's name stands for productions and stagings with wide stylistic variety. Her contrasting concert programmes are known to often be a rather radical mixture. In addition to premiering contemporary musical works, her efforts have increasingly been directed towards larger productions for choir and orchestra.
BIS Records has released numerous recordings by Grete Pedersen and the Norwegian Soloists Choir with works by Per Norgard, Kaija Saariaho, Iannis Xenakis, Helmut Lachenmann, Alfred Janson, J.S. Bach, Knut Nystedt, Alban Berg, Olivier Messiaen, Fartein Valen, Anton Webern, Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert, Edvard Grieg and Norwegian Folk Music. Her album with J.S. Bach Motets with the Norwegian Soloists‘ Choir and Ensemble Allegria was awarded the Diapason d’Or in 2018. The album The wind blows with music by Alfred Janson together with The Norwegian Soloists' Choir Records has been chosen as 'Record of the year 2018' by Gramophone.
Grete Pedersen completed her postgraduate studies in conducting at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo and has also studied chorus conducting with Eric Ericson and orchestra conducting with Kenneth Kiesler. She currently teaches as a professor in conducting at the Norwegian State Academy of Music and is a sought-after teacher for masterclasses.
In 1984 Grete Pedersen founded the Oslo Chamber Choir which she directed until 2004.
In November 2019, Grete Pedersen was appointed Knight 1st Class of the Royal Norwegian St. Olavs Order for her merit and outstanding achievements in the arts.
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Grete Pedersen directs the Danish Radio Vocal Ensemble in three concerts in Copenhagen, Billund and Randers on 24, 25 and 26 January with music by Daniel Lesur, Claudio Monteverdi, Alfred Jansen, Edvard Grieg and Torbjorn Dyrud.
Grete Pedersen conducts the Choeur de Radio France in Paris on 19 December in a Christmas programme with songs by Penderecki, Rachmaninow, Bruckner, Poulenc/Maitre, Nordqvist and Traditionals.
Grete Pedersen directs A German Requiem by Brahms with The Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Ensemble Allegria, Norwegian Wind Ensemble and soloists in four concerts in Hamar, Sandefjord, Fredrikstad and Oslo from 30 October - 3 November.
Grete Pedersen conducts the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir at the day of world peace in Halle on 31 August and Nordhausen on 1 September. The programme features music by J.S. Bach, Brahms, Strauss, Frank Martin, Knut Nystedt etc.
Grete Pedersen is invited to appear on 16 August at the Kilkenny Arts Festival. Together with the Chamber Choir Ireland she presents a programme with works by Saariaho, Matre, Andriessen, McKay and others.
Grete Pedersen and The Norwegian Soloists' Choir present an A capella programme at Koorbiennale in Haarlem on 29 June with music by J.S. Bach, György Kurtag, Eivind Buene, Robert Heppener, Helmut Lachenmann and Arnold Schönberg.
On 24 May Grete Pedersen conducts Haydn's The Seasons with the Slovenian Philharmonic & Choir and soloists in Ljubljana.
Grete Pedersen conducts the Choeur de l'Orchestre de Paris at Philharmonie Paris on 27 April with Rachmaninov's Vesper op. 37.
Grete Pedersen conducts the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, The Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Norwegian National Youth Choir and soloists at Oslo International Church Music Festival on 28 March featuring Haydn's Harmony Mass, Richard Strauss' Der Abend and Bruckner's Te Deum.
As part of New Music Dublin 2019 Grete Pedersen conducts the Chamber Choir Ireland on 3 March for an A cappella concert of contemporary music which includes
works by Kaija Saariaho, Orjan Matre, Louis Andriessen, Deirdre McKay, Rhona Clarke, Maja Linderoth as well as Irish and Norwegian Folk Tunes.Read more
Grete Pedersen's album The wind blows with music by Alfred Janson together with The Norwegian Soloists' Choir at BIS Records has been chosen as 'Record of the year 2018' by Gramophone.
Grete Pedersen and The Norwegian Soloists' Choir are awarded the Diapason d'Or 2018 in the category choir music for their album of J.S. Bach Motets (BIS Records).
Grete Pedersen conducts the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra on 5 December with J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio (cantatas I-III) together with the Stavanger Symphony Chorus and soloists.
Grete Pedersen's new recording The wind blows with music by Alfred Janson together with The Norwegian Soloists' Choir has been chosen as 'Record of the Month' by Gramophone.
Grete Pedersen, the Norwegian Soloists' Choir and Daniel Paulsen & Terje Viken, percussion, appeared at the Danish Vendsyssel Festival in Saeby on 4 July. The programme
included works by Per Norgard, Alfred Janson, Zad Moultaka, Kaija Saariaho, David Wikander, Edvard Grieg, Arne Nordheim and Luciano Berio. Danish Radio broadcasts the concert on 10 July,19:20:Read more
Grete Pedersen conducts the Norwegian Soloists' Choir for a portrait concert of Kaija Saariaho portrait concert in Oslo
on 31 May. You will listen to the compositions Überzeugung, Tag des Jahres, Nuits adieux, Horloge Tais-Toi as well as pieces by Maja Linderoth, Karin Rehnqvist and others.Read more
Grete Pedersen conducts The Norwegian Soloists' Choir at Tampere Vocal Music Festival on 7 June with a programme of compositions by J.S. Bach, György Kurtag, Helmut Lachenmann, Arnold Schönberg, Ludvig Norman among others.
The album with the six motets of J.S. Bach by Grete Pedersen and The Norwegian Soloists' Choir with BIS Records was awarded the Diapason d'Or.
Grete Pedersen conducts the Norwegian Soloists' Choir within the project "150 Psalms" in two concerts in Brussels on 20 and 21 March with two programmes featuring music
by Telemann, Elgar, Gabrieli, Totari, Rachmaninow, Charpentier, Valen, Pärt, Maxwell Davies, Brahms, Lidholm, Rehnquist among others.Read more
Grete Pedersen conducts the orchestra and choir of the Slovenian Philharmonic and soloists in Ljubljana on 21 January. The programme features Haydn's Nelson Mass, Mahler's Blumine, Mahler/Gottwald/Pedersen's Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen and Norwegian Folksongs.
Grete Pedersen conducts the Norwegian Soloists Choir at White Light Festival of Lincoln Center New York in two concerts on 10 and 11 November within the project "150 psalms".
Grete Pedersen has been awarded the renowned Norwegian Telenor Cultural Prize 2017 in September for her engagement in the Scandinavian cultural environment, dedicated to an outstanding artistic personality each year.
Grete Pedersen directs the Norwegian Soloists Choir within the project „150 Psalms“ together with the Nederlands Kamerkoor, Choir of Trinity Wall Street and
The Tallis Scholars in 4 concerts featuring 35 compositions at the Early Music Festival in Utrecht on 1 and 2 September.Read more
Grete Pedersen conducts Bach's B Minor Mass with The Norwegian Soloists Choir and the Freiburger Barockorchester and soloists at the Festival in Bodo (Norway) on 10 August.
We are pleased to announce to have taken on the General management of the Norwegian conductor Grete Pedersen. The chief conductor of the Norwegian Soloists' Choir has gained an excellent reputation in the international choral scene.
The final early evening concert of New Music Dublin festival, given at St Ann’s Church by Chamber Choir Ireland under, was at once a sheerly beautiful immersion in choral sonority – the most gorgeous singing I’ve heard from the choir in quite some time – and a mainstreaming of those unorthodox vocal techniques that composers began exploring in the 1950s and 1960s.
06.03.2019, The Irish Times, Michael Dervan
The performance here demonstrates the extra levels of finesse Grete Pedersen has cultivated in her ensemble in the past decade. Construction (after the composer’s signature work, Construction and Hymn for Orchestra, 1963) tells you why the choir is named The Norwegian Soloist’s Choir. As usual, blend is exquisite, intonation perfect and articulation superlative.
Gramophone, Andrew Mellor, 10/2018
Typically Nordic, the choir’s sound is clear, light and precise, with a sound that finds a happy medium between choral blend and the expressive frisson that arises from occasionally being aware of individual voices (...). Pedersen’s firm concept of the work’s progress is exemplified by a bold but grounded ‘Trotz’ section that travels swiftly but smoothly from defiance to calm confidence – the latter being a term which might indeed be used as a general characterisation of these charming and accomplished performances.
Gramophone, Lindsay Kemp, 4/2018
The opening of Komm, Jesu, komm entices. The antiphonal pleas are so lovingly shaped and delectably blended it’s impossible not to surrender. But does beauty of sound and ‘finish’ become an end in itself?...A real tour de force!
BBC Music Magazine, 4/2018
This is an outstanding disc of outstanding music. They get to the heart of these magnificent works in what feels a completely natural way, without any of the sense of over-interpretation that can detract. In addition to the standard six motets, Pedersen includes O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht (BWV 118), in which Ensemble Allegria’s oboes find an appropriately mournful yet sinuous tone.
Choir & Organ, 3/2018
Grete Pedersen was the real discovery: with an enormous charisma, she not only received enthusiastic approval from the audience in the "Nordic Sounds" programme but also from the Choir of the Bavarian Radio.
Münchner Merkur, Anna Schürmer, 04.05.2015
In resonant but clearly defined sound, Grete Pedersen and the Norwegian Soloists‘ Choir bring a marvellous mixture of earthiness and refinement to Messiaen’s vivid score.
Gramophone, Arnold Whittall, 5/2013
Ola O. Fagerheim
Hildegard of Bingen
Per Nörgård (Nørgård)
The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir
BIS Records (2013)
The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir
BIS Records (2007)
The Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Per Nörgård (Nørgård)
The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir
BIS Records (2016)
Johann Sebastian Bach
The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir
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