Nordic Conference: The Orchestral Musician of Tomorrow

What is the relevance of the orchestra in today's society? Is its role changing, and if so, what does this involve? What are the consequences for how musicians are educated and recruited?

  • Torsdag 30. mai 2013
  • 12.00
  • Grieg Hall, Bergen


Thursday 30 May, 12.00–18.00

12.00: Lunch

13.00: Conference start.

Speakers on Thursday:

Kathryn McDowell CBE, Managing Director, London Symphony Orchestra
Keynote speech

Håkon Berge, former managing director, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra
The changing role of the orchestra in society

Ole Tobias Lindeberg, Producer, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Community and Outreach work in BPO – a case presentation

Torbjørn Eide, Norwegian Musicians' Union
Catherine Bullock, Principal viola, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
The orchestral musician's life in a state of change?

Jacob Levinsen, Culture journalist, Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten og TV2 News
Comments (The outside perspective)

Friday 31 May, 9.00-13.00

Speakers on Friday:

Helen Innes and Laurent Quenelle, London Symphony Orchestra
Creating the 21st-century orchestral musician 

Martin Ullrich, Chairman, Rectors' Conference of German Universities of Music
Trends and changes in the education of tomorrow's orchestral musicians in Germany

Johan Nordin, Orchestra Manager, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Orchestral recruitment practices - reflecting the changing role of musicians

Eirik Birkeland, Rector, Norwegian Academy of Music
The orchestral audition - a conserving institution?

Student panel: Emilie Heldal Lidsheim (Norwegian Academy of Music), Einari Likkanen (Sibelius Academy), Jakob Lund Nielsen (The Royal Danish Academy of Music), Lucy Rugman (Academy of Music and Drama, Gothenburg University)


The location of the Grieg Hall and the hotels can be seen on the map at the following link:


Conference fee:

NOK 1950 before 18 March
NOK 2450 from 18 March
Student rate: NOK 950

Deadline for registration: 15 April


A limited number of rooms has been reserved at the following hotels until 12 April:
Hotel Grand Terminus
Augustin Hotel
Rooms are priced at NOK 790 for a single room, NOK 990 for double room.
For more information on how to book, go to the registration page.