Edvard Grieg Kor was founded in 2002 as KorVest, a project-based professional ensemble in Bergen. Since its creation, the choir has been a valued partner for numerous Bergen National Opera and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra productions, as well as being a regular performer in the annual Bergen Festival.
In 2012 the choir became the first vocal ensemble in Norway to employ singers on permanent contracts, and in 2013 it was re-launched as Edvard Grieg Kor, at the same time announcing a new collaboration with Troldhaugen, home of the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Uniquely, all of the members have successful solo careers and university education in singing, with many performing internationally at the highest level.
As an a-cappella ensemble, Edvard Grieg Kor has worked with many leading guest conductors including Simon Halsey and most recently Jeffrey Douma from Yale University, performing repertoire ranging from Monteverdi and Victoria to Frank Martin and Charles Ives. Several pieces of music have been written or arranged for the choir, including an 8-part arrangement of Grieg’s Holberg Suite. Equally comfortable behind an orchestra, the choir has performed and recorded under the direction of some of the world’s most celebrated conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Masaaki Suzuki, Edward Gardner OBE and Sir Andrew Davis. Recently, the singers stood alongside Leif Ove Andsnes as the soloists in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy.
While Edvard Grieg Kor has an extremely busy schedule in Bergen and the surrounding area, recent tours have taken the choir to Oslo, Berlin, Edinburgh and Northern Norway. In May 2014, Edvard Grieg Kor and Edvard Grieg Ungdomskor supported the Rolling Stones in their “On Fire” tour, singing to over 26,000 people at the Oslo Telenor Arena. The choir also represented Hordaland Fylkeskommune in December 2014, performing to 30,000 onlookers at the annual Christmas-tree ceremony.
Edvard Grieg Kor has made outreach and educational projects a priority. The “Magic Songs” tour will expose thousands of school children to a-cappella singing over several years, and the “Møt Koret” (Meet the choir) project gives many amateur choirs around Hordaland County a chance to learn from and improve under the guidance of professional musicians. This new priority makes Edvard Grieg Kor unique among professional ensembles not only in Norway but worldwide.