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Grete Pedersen Conductor Generalmanagement

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. In 1984 she founded the Oslo Chamber Choir which she directed until 2004.

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, Pro Coro Canada, Tokyo Cantat, World Youth Choir among others. Grede Pedersen participated with the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir in the project “150 psalms” at Early Music Festival Utrecht, New York and Brussels in 2017/18. Future highlights will see engagements with MDR Leipzig Radio Choir, Chamber Choir Ireland, Stavanger Symphony, Slovenian Philharmonic Choir, Latvian Radio Choir, Netherlands Bach Society, Estonian Male Choir etc.

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. For her latest recording with J.S. Bach Motets with the Norwegian Soloists‘ Choir and Ensemble Allegria Grete Pedersen was awarded a Diapason d’Or.

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.

Season 2018/19

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News

Grete Pedersen receives Gramophone 'Record of the Month'

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.

Norwegian Soloists' Choir & Grete Pedersen at Vendsyssel Festival

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:

https://www.dr.dk/radio/p2

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Grete Pedersen conducts Saariaho portrait in Oslo

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.

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Grete Pedersen: Diapason d'Or for Bach Motets

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 & The Norwegian Soloists' Choir in Brussels

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.

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Grete Pedersen in Ljubljana

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 at White Light Festival New York

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 was awarded the Telenor Culture Prize

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 conducts The Norwegian Soloists Choir in Utrecht

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.

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Grete Pedersen conducts Bach B Minor Mass at Festival in Bodo

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.

New signing: General management for Grete Pedersen

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.

Press

  • Album Alfred Janson: The winds blows (BIS Records)

    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

  • CD: J.S. Bach Motets

    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 with Bavarian Radio Choir

    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

  • CD Refractions: Berg/Messiaen/Valen/Webern


    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

Discography

Alfred Janson: the wind blows The Norwegian Soloists' Choir

BIS Records (2018)
J.S. Bach The Motets The Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Ensemble Allegria

BIS Records (2017)

As dreams

Alfred Janson
Helmut Lachenmann
Per Nörgård (Nørgård)
Kaija Saariaho

The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir
Oslo Sinfonietta

BIS Records (2016)

Nystedt / J.S. Bach - Meins Lebens Licht

Johann Sebastian Bach
Knut Nystedt

The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir
Ensemble Allegria

BIS Records (2015)

Refractions: Choral works by Berg, Webern, Valen & Messiaen Alban Berg, Olivier Messiaen,
Fartein Valen, Anton Webern

Berit Norbakken Solset
The Norwegian Soloists' Choir

BIS Records (2013)
Songs of Christmas

Ola O. Fagerheim
Hildegard of Bingen
Gustaf Nordquist
Per Nörgård (Nørgård)
Michael Praeto

The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir

BIS Records (2013)

White Night: Impressions of Norwegian Folk Music Eivind Buene
Eivind Groven
Gjermund Larsen
Traditional

Gjermund Larsen
The Norwegian Soloists' Choir

BIS Records (2011)
Im Herbst: Choral works by Brahms and Schubert Johannes Brahms
Franz Schubert
Ingrid Andsnes, Madelene Berg,
Öystein Birkeland, Catherine Bullock,
Kåre Nordstoga, The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir,
Ole Eirik
BIS Records (2011)
Edvard Grieg: Choir music

Edvard Grieg

The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir

BIS Records (2007)

Telling what is told

Alfred Janson
Nils Lindberg
Sven-Eric Johanson
Frank Martin
Sören Barfoed
Jaakko Mäntyjärvi
Hakon Berge

The Norwegian Soloists' Choir

Simax (2006)

Bergtatt

Folk music

Oslo Kammerkor

Musikk (1999)