Concert Activities

CONCERT ACTIVITIES
 

2013-2014

World Premier of a new work composed for the Bergen Woodwind Quintet: Reicha-fabulations “- like a roller-coaster” by Eilert Tøsse, performed at a concert at Nordgardsløa in Frekhaug, Norway.

Annual residency at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis with Concert in Ted Mann Hall as well as master classes and coachings.

Interview with Alison Young broadcast live on Minnesota Public Radio.

2012-2013

Concerts in Bergen at the Grieg Academy of Music and Fana Culture Center. Annual residency at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis with Concert in Ted Mann Hall as well as master classes and coachings.

2011-2012

Release of the newest Bergen Wind Quintet CD on BIS, a compilation of chamber music for winds by Jean René Désiré Françaix. Performance for the Norwegian Flute Society’s international flute symposium in the beautiful Vang Church. In-studio recording sessions for two programs on Fred Child’s “Performance Today” for national broadcast on American Public Media. Concert and master classes at St. Olaf College in Northfield Minnesota. Annual residency at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis with concert in Ted Mann Hall as well as master classes and  coachings.

2010-2011

Extensive tour of China with concerts in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanping, Tianjin, as well as performing at the Macau International Music Festival.
Invited performers at the Faroe Islands Festival of Classical and Contemporary Music, “Summartónar 2011.” Concerts in Torshavn and Sandòy. Annual residency at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis with Concert in Ted Mann Hall as well as master classes and coachings.

 

2009-2010

Annual visit to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis with Concert in Ted Mann Hall as well as master classes and coachings. Concert and master classes at St. Olaf College in Northfield Minnesota.

 

2008-2009

Featured concert on “Kammertjenerne,” a radio program broadcast nationally in Norway on the classical radio station P2.

Concert in Ted Mann Hall at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and a week of master classes and coachings in conjunction with the Quintet’s annual residency at the University.

In-studio recording session on Fred Child’s program “Performance Today” for national broadcast on American Public Media.

 

2007-2008

Concert in Gamle Logen, Oslo’s oldest and most beautiful venue for artistic and cultural events. First in a series of “Logen Concerts” throughout Norway.

Records our newest CD, a compilation of chamber music for winds by Jean René Désiré Françaix.
CD to be released at a later date.

Looks forward to 20th tour to the US in the Fall 2008, with planned residency at University of Minnesota and run-out concerts to other venues (to be announced soon).

2006-2007

Quintet enjoys residency at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. Taught master class and performed at the Interlochen Arts Festival.

We welcome our new clarinetist, Fredrik Fors, into the
Bergen Woodwind Quintet autumn 2006, and travel together on our 19th
tour to the US.
Week-long residency at the University of Minnesota with master classes and performance in Ted Mann Hall.

 

2005-2006

We mourn the untimely death of our dear clarinetist, Lars Kristian Holm Brynildsen, after 26 years in the quintet.
Clarinetist Ted Oien joins the quintet on its 17th tour to the US; concert and master classes at the University of Minnesota, St. Olaf College, and recital in Duluth, MN.
Performance to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the founding of the Grieg Academy of Music.
18th tour to the US; Recital on the Chamber Music Society of Detroit subscription series, Live broadcast from Washington, DC on National Public Radio, Concerts and master classes at Peabody Conservatory, Wichita State University, Catholic University, and Wayne State.

2004-2005

16th tour to the US; A full week of concerts and master classes at the University of Minnesota.
Performance at the Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen.
Double quintet recital at Edvard Grieg’s home in Bergen in collaboration with the Spring Wind Quintet, visiting from Hawaii.

2003-2004

Tour to Minnesota, USA with concerts and master classes at University of
Minnesota and St. Olaf College.
Performance at the Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen.
Concert and master class at Toneheim Folkehøgskole i Hamar, Norway.
15th tour of the US; NPR concert broadcast live from Chicago, master classes
and concert at Northwestern University, master classes at Wayne State
University, performance on the Chamber Music Society of Detroit series,
concerts and master classes in Hawaii.
Grant recipient from the City of Bergen.

2002-2003

Concert on the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra subscription series in Grieghallen with Stephen Kovacewich, piano, broadcast on Norwegian Public Radio.
A performance for the Bergen Chamber Music Society, in connection with the celebration of the 75-year anniversary of the birth of Edvard Hagerup Bull, from the Logen Theater in Bergen.
Grant recipient from the City of Bergen.
13th tour of the US with concerts and master classes at the University of Minnesota. Premier performance of Judith Lang Zaimont’s wind quintet ”Homeland”.
Minnesota Public Radio 25.08.02

2001-2002

Live concert at Waterfront Hall in Belfast for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Performance at the Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen.
Release of new CD, “Maslanka: Wind Quintets” on BIS 1228.

2000-2001

Invited by cellist Truls Mørk to be featured artists at the Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival.
Tour of the US with concerts and master classes at the University of Minnesota and St. Olaf College.
Recorded the complete works for woodwind quintet by David Maslanka for BIS records.
Chamber music concert for winds and piano at Edvard Grieg’s home, Troldhaugen, with pianist/conductor Andrew Litton.

 

1999-2000

Live concert broadcast on Norwegian Public Radio from the Logen Theater in Bergen.
11th tour of the US with concerts and master classes at University of Minnesota and Concordia College.
Tour to Victoria, Canada to record Murray Adaskin’s Quintet #1 and Quintet #2, and a concert on the Musica Victoria Chamber Music Series.
Grant recipient from the Norwegian Cultural Department.

1998-99

Concert in Germany for the Musikherbst Westmünsterland 1998 concert series.
10th tour of the US with concerts and master classes at University of Minnesota, Duluth, Concordia College, St. Olav College, and Northern Illinois University. Guest artists for the 2nd time on the “St. Paul Sunday Morning” program produced by Minnesota Public Radio.
Concert on the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra subscription series in Grieghallen, broadcast on Norwegian Public Radio.
Appointed cultural ambassador for Bergen during its year as “European Culture City 2000″
Recipient of a grant from the Norwegian Cultural Department for ensembles.

1997-98

Tour of the U.S in the fall with concerts and master classes at Wichita State University, Northwestern University, Concordia College and University of Minnesota. Return to Minneapolis in spring for recording of David Maslankas Wind Quintet nr. 2.

1996-97

Tour of Costa Rica with concerts in San José and masterclasses for Costa Rica Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Tour of the U.S. with concerts and masterclasses at the University of Minnesota, Concordia College, Sheldon Theatre, Red Wing and Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.
New tour to Washington and New York in connection with the celebration of 100-years jubilee of the birth of Harald Sæverud.
Tour of Israel, spring 97 with concerts in Jerusalem, Kfar Saba, Netanya, Tel-Aviv and the Kibbutz EinHa’shofet.

1995-96

Tour of the U.S. in the fall with concerts and master classes at the University of Wisconsin. Eau Claire, Concordia College, St. Olav College and “Pro Musica” Chickasha in Oklahoma.
Guest artists-in-residence at the University of Minnesota.

1994-95

Tour of the U.S. with concerts and master classes at the University of Minnesota, St. Olav College, Concordia College and North Park College. Guest artists on Bill McGlaughlin’s “St. Paul Sunday Morning” program produced by Minnesota Public Radio.
Their performance for the Bergen Chamber Music Society, broadcast over national Norwegian radio.

1993-94

Tour of Germany with concerts for the WDR in Cologne and Rheinberg.
Concerts in Bergen at TROLDHAUGEN (Edvard Grieg’s home) and SILJUSTØL (Harald Sæverud’s home) sponsored by the Bergen International Music Festival.

1991-92

Tour of Germany with broadcast for the WDR and concerts in Helmstedt and Borken (for Musikherbst Westmünsterland).
Separate concert in the subscription series of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Recording for SIMAX records.

 

1989-91

Tours to the Bodensee Festival in Germany and the Helsinki Festival-Summer Events.

 

1988-89

Recordings for BIS records, including the complete wind music of Carl Nielsen. Tour of the U.S. with concerts in New York (at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall), Seattle, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Eau Claire, East Lansing and Chicago. Tour to Italy, performing in the Teatro Manzoni (Milan) “L’Europa in Musica”.
Norwegian government sponsored tour of western Norway.

1987-88

Tour of Germany, performing in the Museum Folkwang (Essen), Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Bürgermeisterhaus in Essen-Werden, and the Musikinstrumentenmuseum in Berlin (this concert under the auspices of the Berlin 750 year celebration).
Broadcast for WDR.

1985-87

Concert tour over a major portion of Norway. Guest faculty at NASOL summer orchestra festival.
Concerts in Oslo and Bergen sponsored by “New Music”.
Separate concert in the subscription series of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

1983-85

Tour to France with concert in Paris.
Recording contract with BIS for major portions of the woodwind quintet literature, which leads to international acclaim and nomination for the “SPELLEMANNS” Prize.
Separate concert in the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra’s chamber music series. Separate concert in the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Subscription series.

1982-83

The first U.S. tour (five weeks) sponsored by Scandinavia Today with over twenty performances throughout the country.

1981-82

Participation in the 15th Chamber music Festival in Colmar, France; winning the Senator Charles Zwickert Prize and medal from the French Senate for the best performance of a French work (the André Jolivet Serenade) resulting in wide national recognition in the Norwegian press, radio and TV.

Oct. 8 1981

First rehearsal of the present-day quintet, with Professor Lutz Köhler of the Music Conservatory in Hannover as inspirator.

 

Oct. 1946

The BERGEN WOODWIND QUINTET is established by the solo winds from the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.