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Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester)
Conductor: Edward Gardner
Soloist: Viktoria Mullova, violin
I. Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet, overture
Jean Sibelius, Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
Jean Sibelius, Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43
One of the world’s oldest orchestras, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra dates back to 1765, and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2015. The ensemble’s principal venue is the Grieg Hall. Edvard Grieg had a close relationship with the Orchestra, and served as its artistic director between 1880 and 1882. Since 2015, the orchestra’s Principal Conductor has been Edward Gardner, the former long-standing Music Director of the English National Opera and one of the most talented conductors of his generation. In recognition of his talent he was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2008 for Best Conductor and, in 2009, the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera.
Brilliant violinist Viktoria Mullova’s extraordinary talent captured international attention when she won first prize at the 1980 Sibelius Competition in Helsinki and the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1982. Viktoria has a great affinity with Bach and his work makes up a large part of her recording catalogue. Her interpretations of Bach have been acclaimed worldwide. Her curiosity spans the breadth of musical development from baroque and classical right up to the most contemporary influences from the world of fusion and experimental music.