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Grieg in Bergen
Grieg in Bergen.
Photo: MusicaNord
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Experience classical music all summer in Bergen

The ten-week long festival Grieg in Bergen is held for the 20th successive year in the “capital of Fjord Norway”.


Every year, between June and August, MusicaNord hosts Bergen’s biggest concert arrangement for classical music: Grieg in Bergen. The concerts are held in Korskirken, right by the world famous Bryggen, and the almost as famous fish market, four times a week for ten weeks.

The festival attracts artists and ensembles from all over the world, and this year, Grieg in Bergen boasts visitors from 15 nations.

“Audiences travel from all over the world to hear chamber music here in Bergen. Our festival has become a musical mingle place for classical music fans”, says the artistic director for the festival, Michael Süssmann.

The music performed at the festival is usually inspired by or linked to Edvard Grieg’s romantic music, but the international artists also bring a lot of their local traditional music to the concerts.

Lunch concerts

The fact that the festival celebrates 20 years is not marked in any special way.

“Our responsibility is to have a diverse program of high quality regardless of the occasion”, Süssmann says.

The concerts are held in Korskirken every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until August 20th. In addition you can experience the history of Grieg, richly illustrated with the composer’s music, every day at 1 pm in the tourist information on the opposite side of the fish market.

Grieg in Bergen

Grieg in Bergen.
Photo: MusicaNord

In total, 40 concerts are held in Korskirken during the summer. Süssmann estimates that a total of 1500 concerts have been held during the festival’s 20-year long history.

Earlier, the festival had an unofficial talent programme. This year, the programme has been formalized and is called Young on Stage. The concept involves letting young classical music talents perform to give them experience on a stage.

“The talents are often already full of stage experience before they come to our stage”, Süssmann says.

If you are in Bergen this summer, chances are you could experience the classical music star of tomorrow.

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