Norwegian Radio Orchestra

Norwegian Radio Orchestra

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Norwegian Radio Orchestra (Norwegian: Kringkastingsorkestret, KORK) is a Norwegian orchestra affiliated with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (Norsk rikskringkasting AS, or NRK). Its principal base is the Store Studio at the NRK headquarters in Oslo.


The KORK was founded in 1946 as a twenty-four member orchestra, from ensembles previously led by Øivind Bergh and Gunnar Knudsen. Øivind Bergh served as the KORK's first principal conductor from 1946 to 1976. The KORK initially secured its reputation in performances of entertainment music and light classics. Sverre Bruland, the KORK's second principal conductor from 1976 to 1988, established the orchestras commitment to presenting contemporary Norwegian music.

As of 2011, the KORK consists of fifty-three musicians. The current principal conductor of the KORK is Thomas Søndergård, as of the 2009-2010 season, with responsibility for a minimum of six concerts each year.[1] Søndergård is scheduled to conclude his tenure with the KORK after the 2011-2012 season.[2] The KORK's current principal guest conductor is Andrew Manze, since 2008. In February 2012, the KORK announced the appointment of Miguel Harth-Bedoya as its 7th principal conductor, effective with the 2013-2014 season.[3]

The KORK's current administrator is Rolf Lennart Stensø.


The KORK has recorded commercially for labels including Pro Musica, Bridge Records, and Finlandia. In addition to concerts and commercial recordings, the orchestra performs every year at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. The KORK has also worked in areas of popular music, such as providing backing to the Eurovision Song Contest in Norway in 1986 and 1996, as well as various activities in rock and jazz.

Principal conductors

  • Øivind Bergh (1946-1976)
  • Sverre Bruland (1976-1988)
  • Avi Ostrowsky (1989-1992)
  • Ari Rasilainen (1994-2002)
  • Rolf Gupta (2003-2006)
  • Thomas Søndergård (2009-2012)


  1. Jan Frederik Heyerdahl, KORK under dansk ledelse, Norwegian Radio, 2008-12-02. URL accessed on 2011-07-30.
  2. Fred Olav Vatne, KORK må finne ny sjefdirigent, Norwegian Radio, 2011-07-12. URL accessed on 2011-11-06.
  3. Fred Olav Vatne, KORK får peruansk stjernedirigent, Norwegian Radio, 2012-02-28. URL accessed on 2012-05-13.

External links

  • NRK English-language on the KORK
  • Classics Today review of Johann Svendsen symphonies (Warner Apex - 0927 40621 2)
This page was last modified 16.01.2013 11:20:10

This article uses material from the article Norwegian Radio Orchestra from the free encyclopedia Wikipedia and it is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.