The Oslo Chamber Music Foundation

Board of directors
Anne Enger (head), Svein Aaser and Guri Tellefsen Nikolaisen.

Administrative Staff
Kristin Slørdahl (director), Mari Nøren Stenersen (communications and logistics ) og Gunnar Strand (production manager).

Kunstnerisk råd
Håvard Gimse has the artistic responsibility for the programme together with Vilde Frang and Marianne Beate Kjelland.


History of the Festival

In 1989 Arve Tellefsen opened the doors to Norway’s first chamber music festival. His vision was to show the diversity of chamber music and bring it to a larger audience than it had traditionally had in Norway up till then. Over the years the festival has established itself as important and popular for both musicians and audiences. During the 30th anniversary celebration of the 2109 festival, Arve Tellefsen passed the baton to Håvard Gimse. Håvard has been a member of the artistic board since 1997 and has collaborated with Arve Tellefsen both as a fellow musician on stage and in the work of organising the artistic content of the festival for the past twenty years.

Arve Tellefsen said on his final concert in charge on Thursday 15th August 2019. “ The Festival is in safe hands with these people at the helm”

The Music

Oslo Chamber Music Festival presents music ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day, with performers of supreme quality from both Norway and abroad. Recruiting to the world of chamber music is also a central part of the work, and there is great emphasis on presenting young, promising talent in addition to established star performers.

Concert venues

Oslo Chamber Music Festival provides opportunities to see some of Oslo’s finest concert venues ,incuding places not normally open to the public. Historical gems like Akershus Chapel Royal, Olav V’s Hall,, the University Aula, The Freemason’s Lodge, Oscarshall and the chapel in the Royal Palace have all been used during the 30 years of the festival. Each year, new venues, often rather surprising ones are added to this list.

Royal patron

Her Majesty Queen Sonja has for many years been the Festival’s royal patron and we owe our deep gratitude to their Majesties for opening both Oscarshall and the chapel in the Royal Palace for our concerts. This makes these concerts extra meaningful for both performers and audiences.