The world’s most northerly orchestral institution performs contemporary music of the highest order.
The Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra performs in a variety of ensembles ranging from chamber groups to full symphony orchestra. The Bergen International Festival welcomes them as a sinfonietta to perform music by Festival Composer Unsuk Chin and the acclaimed Norwegian composer-author Eivind Buene. In Unsuk Chin's Double Bind?, performed by Peter Herresthal (violin), the composer focuses on the 'playful jumble' that she finds in the limits between the 'real' and the 'artificial', between acoustic instruments and electronics. Her third work in the concert, based on the books The Neverending Story by Michael Ende and Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass, expresses the emotions described in the stories, ranging from bright to grotesque. The soprano soloist is American Sara Herschkowitz, a daring, charming artist with a flexible, beautiful voice and huge presence. The Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra was nominated for the Spellemann award (the Norwegian Grammy) in 2018 for its recording of Eivind Buene's Violin Concerto. In Bergen the work will be performed in a new version for violin solo and full sinfonietta, with Peter Herresthal as the soloist. Conducting the Arctic Philharmonic is its American artistic director, Tim Weiss.