The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra dates back to 1765 and has the status of a Norwegian National Orchestra. From 2003 to 2015 Andrew Litton was the orchestra’s music director. Edward Gardner took over as chief conductor in 2015, and has further strengthened the orchestra’s international profile.
Touring regularly, it performs at prestigious venues including the Concertgebouw, Royal Albert Hall, the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus and Carnegie Hall in New York. Bergenphilive, a free streaming service was established in 2015 and is available as an app. The orchestra has released a number of acclaimed discs which have received distinctions including Spellemannprisen, BBC Music Magazine Award, Diapason d’Or de l’année and Empfehlung des Monats (Fono Forum), as well as two Gramophone Awards. In 2007 it received a special award for its recording of all Grieg’s orchestral music from the Grieg Society of Great Britain.