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Meet one of Norway’s most innovative orchestras

The BIT20 Ensemble was formed in 1989, born out of a necessity to boost the contemporary music scene in Bergen and Norway. With the quality of its instrumentalists and their passion for new music, The BIT20 Ensemble has taken its repertoire on the road, from renowned festivals and venues in Europe to more exotic destinations such as Russia, Vietnam, Egypt and Canada. The orchestra has also premiered hundreds of works as well as contributed to 26 CD recordings.The BIT20 Ensemble consists of 16 regular musicians, several of whom hold principal or assistant principal positions in the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. An additional goal for BIT20 has been to expand on the traditional idea of the concert form, by taking in and cultivating its audience and helping them find their way into this complex art form, regardless of age and background.At this year's festival, The BIT20 Ensemble will portray one of the Nordic region's most promising young composers: Rebecka Sofia Ahvenniemi. 


“Our goal is to present the most adventurous ideas in modern music”

- The BIT20 Ensemble


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