Introduces world class talent programme

Astounding 3 million private Euro makes Crescendo possible – a unique classical music talent programme formed by the Bergen International Festival, The Barratt Due Institute of Music, and the Oslo Philharmonic.

Crescendo is a programme spanning several years, bringing outstanding young talents and world leading classical musicians together.

– In Norway today we find young musicians of exceptionally high standard, and I appreciate the opportunity to be part of this extensive project that will offer them support in their further development. I have, in retrospect, reflected on how I missed such a network myself when I was right at the start of my international career, says Leif Ove Andsnes. Together with Janine Jansen, he is one of the project’s 2016 mentors. Among the top soloists are Eivind Ringstad Holtsmark, Guro Kleven Hagen, and Kian Soltani.

International soloist market

A combination of playing in ensembles, being coached, and performing a series of concerts, will prepare the young musicians for the international soloist market.

– Crescendo is a highly ambitious project providing Norwegian talents with a unique window on the world. Bergen International Festival was the initiator of the project, as we wished to create an artistic platform specifically promoting the development of young Norwegian musicians. In collaboration with the Barratt Due Institute of Music and the Oslo Philharmonic, we enable young Norwegian musicians to attain the highest international standard, says Festival Director Anders Beyer. Bergen International Festival will also serve as concert scene to many of those involved in the programme.

Stephan Barratt-Due, headmaster and artistic director of the Barratt Due Institute of Music, emphasizes that Crescendo is the result of innovative collaboration between three significant institutions in Norway’s musical life and private actors.

– Our ambition is that Crescendo will build a unique bridge between today’s performing, professional top level and the performing musicians of tomorrow and accordingly contribute to ensure the development of a sustainable Norwegian musical life in the international sphere, says Barratt-Due.

Young Philharmonic

Crescendo also covers a programme for young chamber and orchestra musicians. About 80 young talents will form the symphonic orchestra Young Philharmonic, where each musician is appointed their own mentor from the Oslo Philharmonic.

– The orchestra and our chief conductor, Vasily Petrenko, are very excited about the programme and we are looking forward to working with both the Young Philharmonic and the top soloists, says Ingrid Røynesdal, director of the Oslo Philharmonic.

The grand-scale talent development programme has received generous contributions from Bettina Ford Jebsen, Hans Petter Jebsen, Trond Mohn, and the DNB Savings Bank Foundation. The Bergen Research Foundation has played a key part in the preparation of the project.