Norrbotten NEO was formed in 2007 to promote contemporary chamber music. The ensemble’s seven musicians play the flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, viola and cello – a complement that, in various combinations, makes it possible to perform a broad spectrum of works from the past hundred years; if required, additional musicians participate as well. The players are also section principals in the Norrbotten Chamber Orchestra and participate in performances by Piteå Chamber Opera. With the aim of supporting the development of Swedish chamber music, Norrbotten NEO regularly commissions new works, primarily from Swedish composers but also internationally.
Among those who have written works for the ensemble are Anders Eliasson, B Tommy Andersson, Britta Byström, Dror Feiler and Chaya Czernowin (USA). Collaboration with composer training schemes is also an important part of the ensemble’s work, and it is currently working with the Piteå School of Music and the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Since its inception Norrbotten NEO has premièred more than a hundred works and has developed into a vibrant platform for a wide variety of musical ideas. For this, the ensemble was rewarded with the Swedish Society of Composers’ Interpreters’ Prize in 2012, and the ensemble’s outstanding reputation has led to concerts and tours to many of Sweden’s regional music organizations and concert halls. In 2013 Norrbotten NEO performed a chamber music portrait of the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho in the context of the Polar Prize award ceremony in the Stockholm Concert Hall, where it is now ensemble-in-residence. www.norrbottenneo.com