Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (BFO)

The collaboration started with an award of NOK 12.1 million for artistic development in the period leading up to the orchestra’s 250th anniversary in 2015. The collaboration was renewed in 2016 for a new five-year period with an award of NOK 11 million for the following three projects:

  • Re-appointment of Chief Conductor Edward Gardner
  • Digital Concert Hall
  • Engagement of outstanding soloists and conductors

Through its involvement, the Foundation wishes to strengthen Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra’s artistic and outreach activities. The orchestra’s CEO Bernt E Bauge has the following comment:

The generous support from the Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Foundation has made a both stimulating and decisive contribution to the orchestra’s activities in connection with events marking its anniversary in recent years. The support has enabled us to establish a streaming service for classical music – Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra’s Digital Concert Hall. The service, which is the first of its kind in Norway, has in a short space of time won a big audience and has an even greater potential. The support has contributed to further raising the quality of the soloists who perform with the orchestra, and it has ensured that our guest pianists have a first-class concert grand to play on. All these things have been decisive contributions to the orchestra’s international focus and reputation.

The projects in brief

Since 2011, the Foundation has supported the orchestra’s artistic and outreach activities in the following ways:

2011 – 2015

12,1 MNOK: A new concert grand piano, Digital Concert Hall, guest conductors and soloists, a new solo cellist, a guest performance at the PROMS in London and an anniversary concert in connection with the 250th anniversary in 2015.


NOK 2.7 million: further development of Digital Concert Hall

2017 – 2021

NOK 11 million: re-appointment of the chief conductor, engagement of outstanding guest conductors and soloists, further development of Digital Concert Hall

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