The Arctic Philharmonic orchestra forms the core of the festival. You'll meet the skilled musicians in various groups and formats throughout the festival days. The orchestra is based in Bodø and Tromsø - is the world’s northernmost professional orchestra. Since its founding in 2009, the critically acclaimed orchestra has become one of northern Norway’s largest and most active cultural institutions, performing around 150 productions in various formats each year.
The orchestra regularly commissions new works, and aims to present contemporary Norwegian music with particular focus on the High North, while at the same time programming a broad spectrum of the shared musical heritage.
The organisation of the orchestra is unusual and innovative, as it is located in two arctic cities, Bodø and Tromsø, with the whole northern region as its arena. The Arctic Philharmonic has also made its presence felt internationally, with tours to China, Russia and Japan and high profile performances at prestigious concert halls such as the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Großes Festspielhaus in Salzburg, Musikverein in Vienna and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
The Arctic Philharmonic alternates between different ensemble formats, from smaller groups to sinfonietta and chamber orchestra, or – when all the musicians are gathered – as a symphony orchestra.
Photo: Yngve S. Olsen