Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
One of the world’s oldest orchestras, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra dates back to 1765, and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2015. Edvard Grieg had a close relationship with the orchestra, serving as Artistic Director from 1880–82.
Recognised as one of the most talented conductors of his generation, Edward Gardner assumed his new position as Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in October 2015. He became the Orchestra's Principal Guest Conductor in August 2013 and has many interesting projects planned including recordings with Chandos Records and International touring. His first season included a symphonic marathon in conjunction with the Bergen Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, several new commissions and Schoenberg’s masterful Gurrelieder.
Edward was for eight years Music Director of English National Opera and under his direction the ENO has presented a series of stellar productions, most recently Meistersinger and Otello. He will return in spring 2016 to conduct a new production of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde. 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.
Andrew Litton was the Bergen Philharmonic's Music Director from 2003 to 2015. In recognition of Litton’s achievements with the Orchestra, Norway’s King Harald knighted Litton with the Royal Order of Merit.
Under Litton the Bergen Philharmonic took numerous tours, including debuts at the London BBC Proms and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, as well as appearances at Vienna’s Musikverein, Berlin’s Philharmonie, and New York’s Carnegie Hall - the capstone of its first American tour in 40 years. Litton and the Bergen Philharmonic recorded for the BIS and Hyperion labels, winning extraordinary critical acclaim for their Mendelssohn, Stravinsky, and Prokofiev series.
Lars-Thomas Holm (b. 1981 in Sarpsborg, Norway), holds a Masters degree in Orchestra Conducting from the Norwegian Academy of Music, where he gained his diploma conducting the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in June 2011. As assistant conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Holm assists Principal Conductor Edward Gardner throughout the 2015-2016 season.
Holm has also been appointed Principal Conductor and Artistic Leader of the Ålesund Symphony Orchestra. He started his three-year tenure in January 2016, succeeding highly acclaimed Norwegian conductor Bjarte Engeset.
In 2010 he won the Norwegian Conducting Competition, and later the same year he became assistant conductor for Kristjan Järvi and the Baltic Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in Berlin. In 2011 Holm was awarded with a conducting fellowship through the Music Conservatory in Trondheim, which led to concerts with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and the Trondheim Sinfonietta.