Oslo Sinfonietta

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The Oslo Sinfonietta is a Norwegian contemporary classical orchestra. It was founded by composer Asbjørn Schaatun[1] in 1986; the current director and chief conductor is Christian Eggen.[2]

The Oslo Sinfonietta grew out of contemporary music circles at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Since 1993 it has been organised as a pool of musicians comprising approximately 40 performers from the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the freelance milieu; this open concept allows for a variety of instrumental combinations and choice of repertoire. Oslo Sinfonietta is meant as a forum for innovative music, showcases important works composed during this century and has commissioned and premièred a number of new works by both Norwegian and foreign composers.

It is one of the founders of the ULTIMA Oslo Contemporary Music Festival.

In 1999, the orchestra won the Spellemannprisen award for the album "Boyl" with music by Rolf Wallin.[3]

It regularly performs inNorway and abroad, and has performed at The Casa da Música Festival in Porto, The Présence Festival in Paris and The Venice Biennale.[4]


Albums recorded by Oslo Simfonietta; often with other groups and musicians:[5]

  • Rolf Wallin: Move
  • John Persen: Recycles Encore/Arvesøl
  • Oslo Sinfonietta
  • Asbjørn Schaathun: Actions, Interpolations & Analyses
  • Cecilie Ore: Codex Temporis
  • Åse Hedstrøm: Flow
  • Rolf Wallin: Boyl
  • Jon Øivind Ness: Dandy Garbage
  • Magne Hegdal: Annotations
  • Oslo Sinfonietta: Faces
  • Eivind Buene: Objects of Desire
  • Bent Sørensen:Birds and Bells
  • Alfred Janson: A Bible Story


  1. ^ Rune J. Andersen: Asbjørn Schaathun Store Norske Leksikon, retrieved 30 March, 2013 ‹See Tfd›(in Norwegian)
  2. ^ Oslo Sinfonietta newaud.eu, retrieved 30 March, 2013
  3. ^ En fantastisk kveld! VG, 25 February, 2000 ‹See Tfd›(in Norwegian)
  4. ^ About Oslo Sinfonietta oslosinfonietta.no, retrieved 30 March, 2013
  5. ^ OSLO SINFONIETTA DISCOGRAPHY oslosinfonietta.no, retrieved 30 March, 2013