Artistic leadership

Chief conductor and Musical director

Grete Pedersen

Since 1990 the choir has sung under the leadership of Grete Pedersen, one of the most renowned conductors in the international choral scene.

Grete Pedersen's name stands for productions and stagings with wide stylistic variety. Her contrasting concert programs are known to often be a rather radical mixture. In addition to premiering contemporary musical works, her efforts have increasingly been directed towards larger productions for choir and orchestra.

Pedersen is a highly demanded guest conductor and has worked with prestigious choirs such as Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Swedish Radio Choir, Rundfunkchor Berlin, MDR Leipzig Radio Choir, Bavarian Radio Choir, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Chamber Choir Ireland, Pro Coro Canada, Tokyo Cantat and World Youth Choir.

Photo: Bård Gundersen

Her album with J.S. Bach Motets with the Norwegian Soloists‘ Choir and Ensemble Allegria was awarded the Diapason d’Or in 2018. The album The wind blows with music by Alfred Janson together with The Norwegian Soloists' Choir Records has been chosen as 'Record of the year 2018' by Gramophone.

Grete Pedersen completed her postgraduate studies in conducting at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo and has also studied chorus conducting with Eric Ericson and orchestra conducting with Kenneth Kiesler. She currently teaches as a professor in conducting at the Norwegian State Academy of Music and is a sought-after teacher for masterclasses.

Principal Guest Conductor

Yuval Weinberg

Yuval Weinberg is chief conductor for SWR Vokalensemble and guest conductor for the Norwegian Soloists' Choir. Yuval holds a master's degree from the Norwegian Academy of Music where he had Grete Pedersen as a professor. Weinberg's bachelor's degree in choral conducting is from Hanns Eisler in Berlin, where he was taught by professor Jörg-Peter Weigle. He also studied orchestral conducting at the University of Tel Aviv. Here he received scholarships for his outstanding achievements. Weinberg has received several awards as a conductor. Since 2014 he has been part of the German Dirigentforum. Here he has worked with several professional choirs such as Berlin's radio choir, the Swedish radio choir, NDR radio choir and the German Opera Choir. Yuval is regularly invited to conduct professional choirs in Europe.

Photo: SWR/Klaus Mellenthin
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