Oslo Camerata was established in 1998, and is now “Ensemble in residence” at the renowned Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo. The orchestra consists of professional musicians – however, selected young talents from he Institute are given the opportunity to take part in the orchestra’s projects.
In recent years the OSLO CAMERATA has enjoyed great success on festivals and tours throughout Europe, India and Brazil. Everywhere the “freshness” of their sound draws an enthusiastic response from audiences and critics. Their repertoire spans from baroque to contemporary music, commissioning works from both young and established composers.
The orchestra has its own concert series at the Old Masonic Lodge in Oslo from Grieg’s time. Here they create an arena where young musicians meet established artists and international soloists, presenting new and unknown music as well as classical repertoire. The artists present the program with their own comments – “Talk & Play!”, and the winner of OC’s yearly Soloist Competition is presented.
From the very beginning OC has worked with artists such as Truls Mørk, Julian Rachlin, Mischa Maisky. Henning Kraggerud, Arve Tellefsen, Ole Edvard Antonsen, Juhani Lagerspetz, Christian Lindberg, Randi Stene and Per Arne Glorvigen.
OC has recorded highly acclaimed discs for the Naxos label: Grieg/Holberg (2006), Spohr/Concertante (2010), String Quartets by Grieg and Nordheim (2012).
BRAZIL – music programme in favelas
OSLO CAMERATA has since 2008 been involved in a music project for children and youth in favelas in Niteroi, Brazil. The project implies involvement in Projeto Aprendiz where members of OC teach students and teachers, strengthening ensembles, support with instruments and equipment, and help building a Music Library. This work is supported by The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
OSLO CAMERATA and cellist Truls Mørk have over the past years developed a close and fruitful collaboration. As a result, the international renowned cellist is now associated with the orchestra as principal guest leader – an exciting chance for artistic growth and expansion for the orchestra, and an opportunity for the audience to meet this extraordinary musician from a new and different angle – both as a soloist and an orchestra leader.
Violinist Henning Kraggerud has his background from the Barratt Due Institute, where he is now a professor. As part of his engagement at BD he is responsible for 2 yearly projects with the OC orchestra.