Grete Pedersen Conductor Generalmanagement

Artistic Director and Chief Conductor The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir & Carmel Bach Festival

The Norwegian conductor Grete Pedersen is one of the most renowned conductors in the international choral scene. Since 1990 Grete Pedersen is Artistic Director of the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir whose recordings were awarded the ‘Choc de la Musique’, ‘Prix d'Or’ from Diapason and a 'Record of the year’ by Gramophone. In September 2022 she has been appointed as Artistic Director of the Carmel Bach Festival, USA, for five years.

Grete Pedersen is a demanded guest conductor and has worked with choirs and orchestras such as Eric Ericson Kammerchor, Swedish Radio Choir, Danish National Vocal Ensemble & Choir, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, MDR Rundfunkchor, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Netherlands Radio Choir, Chamber Choir Ireland, Dunedin Consort, Pro Coro Canada, Tokyo Cantat, World Youth Choir, Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra & Chorale among others.

She has led oratorios and choral symphonic works by J.S. Bach, Haydn, Bruckner, Bernstein and Berio with leading Norwegian orchestras, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic, Yale Camerata, Oslo Sinfonietta, Ensemble Allegria and Gulbenkian Orchestra & Choir. Forthcoming projects include engagements with Slovenian Philharmonic & Choir, NDR Vokalensemble Hamburg, Chorwerk Ruhr, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Cappella Amsterdam, Netherlands Bachvereniging, Tokyo Cantat among others.

At the start of her musical studies, Grete Pedersen founded the Oslo Chamber Choir in 1984 and worked with them for 20 years particularly with oratorio repertoire and contemporary music. She studied Norwegian folk music and has learnt from folk musicians and their traditions. Today she is considered a pioneer for her work bringing folk music to new settings and for the arrangements based on these roots. This is notwithstanding always challenging the tradition. As a church musician educated at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Grete Pedersen was a part of the movement of historical informed performances from the beginning of the 1980s and has worked amongst others with the Freiburger Barockorchester, Oslo Bach Ensemble, Norwegian Barokkanerne, Barokksolistene, Drottningholm Barokkensemble as well as with Stavanger Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic and Ensemble Alegria.

On the contemporary scene Grete Pedersen is known as an unafraid advocate for new music and has commissioned and performed numerous pieces by leading composers. One example is Bach in our time– a project over three years where composers James MacMillan, Lasse Thoresen, and Stefan Schleiermacher composed new music in dialogue with Bach’s B minor Mass.

Pedersen's name stands for productions and stagings with wide stylistic variety. Her contrasting concert programmes are known to often be a rather radical mixture. In addition to premiering contemporary musical works, her efforts have increasingly been directed towards larger productions for choir and orchestra.

BIS Records has released numerous award-winning recordings by Grete Pedersen and the Norwegian Soloists Choir with works by Per Norgard, Kaija Saariaho, Fartein Valen, Alfred Janson, Knut Nystedt, Nils Henrik Asheim, Lars Petter Hagen, Edvard Grieg, Iannis Xenakis, Helmut Lachenmann, Alban Berg, Olivier Messiaen, Anton Webern, Brahms, Schubert, J.S. Bach and Norwegian Folk Music. Her albums of Luciano Berio: Coro and J.S. Bach: Motets were awarded the Diapason d’Or in the years 2020 and 2018. Grete Pedersen and The Norwegian Soloists' Choir lately received the renowned Spellermann Prize for their album Lament (compositions by Lars Petter Hagen, Nils Henrik Asheim and Arne Nordheim) on BIS Records.

Grete Pedersen completed her postgraduate studies in conducting at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo and has also studied chorus conducting with Eric Ericson and orchestra conducting with Kenneth Kiesler.

In 2019, Grete Pedersen was appointed Knight 1st Class of the Royal Norwegian St. Olavs Order for her merit and outstanding achievements in the arts and was awarded the distinguished Lindeman Prize to honour her significant contribution to the musical life of Norway.

She teaches as a professor in conducting at the Norwegian State Academy of Music since 1996 and is a sought-after teacher for masterclasses.

Season 2022/23

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Grete Pedersen is appointed as Artistic Director Carmel Bach Festival USA

Grete Pedersen has been apppointed as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the renowned Carmel Bach Festival, California for five years. Following two stunning concert projects with the Orchestra and Chorus of the festival in July, she will curate and conduct the annually two-week festival with a wide variety of projects.


Grete Pedersen at Davos Festival

Grete Pedersen conducts the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir Academy at Davos Festival in two concerts on 13 and 14 August 2022. The programmes feature music by Poulenc, Janson, Xenakis, Messiaen, J.S. Bach, Holten and Norwegian Folksongs.

Grete Pedersen at Carmel Bach Festival in California

Grete Pedersen conducts two concerts with Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra and vocal soloists in Carmel-by-the-Sea on 21 July with music by Ives, Berio/Schubert, Beethoven  and on 23 July an A capella programme with music by J.S. Bach, Nystedt and Norwegian Folk music.

Grete Pedersen conducts Dunedin Consort

Grete Pedersen conducts the Dunedin Consort in four concerts: 14.10. Aberdeen, 15.20. Greyfriar, 16.10. Glasgow, 17.10. St Andrews with a programme of Sven-David Sandström/Purcell, Robert Johnson, Edvard Grieg, Drew Hammond, Bo Holten, James MacMillan, J.S. Bach, Norwegian and Scottish traditionals.

Grete Pedersen & The Norwegian Solists' Choir at Hannover

Grete Pedersen and the Norwegian Soloists' Choir guest at Hannover on 25 September in two concerts performing music by Orjan Matre, Eivin Buene, Knut Nystedt and Norwegian folksongs.

Spellermann Prize for Grete Pedersen & The Norwegian Soloists' Choir

Grete Pedersen and The Norwegian Soloists' Choir lately received the renowned Spellermann Prize for their album Lament (compositions by Lars Petter Hagen, Nils Henrik Asheim and Arne Nordheim) on BIS Records.

Grete Pedersen conducts world premiere of Bent Sorensen: Matthew Passion

Grete Pedersen conducted the world premiere of Bent Sorensen's Matthew Passion with the Norwegian Soloists' Choir and Ensemble Allegria at Oslo Church Music Festival on 12 March. NRK Klassiek broadcasts the recording on 1 April, 19:30-21:00. <link https: serie paa-konsert-radio sesong mkkl16001321>

Grete Pedersen: Mozart video

View a video of Grete Pedersen, The Norwegian Soloists' Choir and Ensemble Allegria with Mozart: Requiem: Kyrie & Dies irae: <link https: _blank>

Grete Pedersen at rostrum of Stavanger Symphony

Grete Pedersen conducts the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra on 5 and 6 November with music by Charles Ives, Henry Purcell, Haydn, Nils Henrik Asheim as well as

Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms together with The Norwegian Soloists' Choir.

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Grete Pedersen: Diapason d'or for Berio album

Grete Pedersen's new album by Luciano Berio: Coro with the Norwegian Soloists' Choir and Norwegian Radio Orchestra with BIS Records has received the Diapason d'or of the year 2020 in the category choral music.

Grete Pedersen & The Norwegian Soloists' Choir: video Bergen International Festival

See Grete Pedersen and the Norwegian Soloists' Choir in a livestream video for Bergen International Festival 2020

from Trefoldighetskirken Oslo with the programme Hymn to freedom (J.S. Bach, Francis Poulenc and Edvard Grieg): <link https: solistkoret videos>

(available until 30 November 2020)
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Grete Pedersen conducts Brahms: A German Requiem

Grete Pedersen conducts on 11 April, 19:00 (CET) Brahms: A German Requiem with The Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Ensemble Allegria, The Norwegian Wind Ensemble,

Camilla Tilling and Markus Eiche online (concert November 2019): <link https: channel uc96oprjjbxweqnb2k2mup6a _blank>

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New Album of Grete Pedersen: Luciano Berio

BIS Records has released a further album with Grete Pedersen, The Norwegian Soloists' Choir and Norwegian Radio Orchestra: Luciano Berio Coro and Cries of London

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Grete Pedersen directs DR Vocal Ensemble

Grete Pedersen directs the Danish Radio Vocal Ensemble in three concerts in Copenhagen, Billund and Randers on 24, 25 and 26 January with music by Daniel Lesur, Claudio Monteverdi, Alfred Jansen, Edvard Grieg and Torbjorn Dyrud.




Lars Petter Hagen, Nils Henrik Asheim and Arne Nordheim

The Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Ensemble Allegria
BIS Records (2020)

Luciano Berio: Coro

The Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Norwegian Radio Orchestra

BIS Records (2020)

Alfred Janson: the wind blows The Norwegian Soloists' Choir

BIS Records (2018)
J.S. Bach The Motets The Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Ensemble Allegria

BIS Records (2017)

As dreams

Alfred Janson
Helmut Lachenmann
Per Nörgård (Nørgård)
Kaija Saariaho

The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir
Oslo Sinfonietta

BIS Records (2016)

Nystedt / J.S. Bach - Meins Lebens Licht

Johann Sebastian Bach
Knut Nystedt

The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir
Ensemble Allegria

BIS Records (2015)

Songs of Christmas

Ola O. Fagerheim
Hildegard of Bingen
Gustaf Nordquist
Per Nörgård (Nørgård)
Michael Praeto

The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir

BIS Records (2013)

Refractions: Choral works by Berg, Webern, Valen & Messiaen Alban Berg, Olivier Messiaen,
Fartein Valen, Anton Webern

Berit Norbakken Solset
The Norwegian Soloists' Choir

BIS Records (2013)
White Night: Impressions of Norwegian Folk Music Eivind Buene
Eivind Groven
Gjermund Larsen

Gjermund Larsen
The Norwegian Soloists' Choir

BIS Records (2011)
Im Herbst: Choral works by Brahms and Schubert Johannes Brahms
Franz Schubert
Ingrid Andsnes, Madelene Berg,
Öystein Birkeland, Catherine Bullock,
Kåre Nordstoga, The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir,
Ole Eirik
BIS Records (2011)
Edvard Grieg: Choir music

Edvard Grieg

The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir

BIS Records (2007)

Telling what is told

Alfred Janson
Nils Lindberg
Sven-Eric Johanson
Frank Martin
Sören Barfoed
Jaakko Mäntyjärvi
Hakon Berge

The Norwegian Soloists' Choir

Simax (2006)


Folk music

Oslo Kammerkor

Musikk (1999)