Since 1990 the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir has sung under the leadership of Grete Pedersen. She is internationally acclaimed for stylistically assured and musically convincing performances of baroque works, classical repertoire and contemporary music. Through numerous concerts in Norway and abroad, and recordings for radio, TV and on disc, she has become one of the most distinctive conductors in the Nordic countries.
She is in demand as a guest conductor and has worked with the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Swedish Radio Choir, Netherlands Radio Choir, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Rundfunkchor Berlin and Tokyo Cantat, among others. Pedersen has also worked with ensembles such as Freiburger Barockorchester, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian Baroque Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.
Between 1984 and 2004 Grete Pedersen conducted the Oslo Chamber Choir, which she founded, creating a new performance practice with Norwegian folk music and traditional singing as her point of departure. In 1988 she graduated with a diploma in conducting from the Norwegian Academy of Music, and studied with Terje Kvam and Eric Ericson. She currently teaches as a professor in conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music.
Grete Pedersen is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions. In 2019, she was appointed Knight 1st Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of Saint Olav for her merit and outstanding achievements in the arts. The same year she was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize and received the prestigious Lindemanprisen, and in 2017 she received the Telenor Culture Prize.