Formed 1946.

Norwegian Radio Orchestra


The Norwegian Radio Orchestra (Norwegian, Kringkastingsorkestret) is a Norwegian orchestra affiliated with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (Norsk rikskringkasting AS, or NRK). Its principal base is the Store Studio at the NRK headquarters in Oslo.

KORK was founded in 1946 as a twenty-four member orchestra, from ensembles previously led by Øivind Bergh and Gunnar Knudsen. Øivind Bergh served as the KORK's first principal conductor from 1946 to 1976. The KORK initially secured its reputation in performances of entertainment music and light classics. Sverre Bruland, the KORK's second principal conductor from 1976 to 1988, established the orchestra’s commitment to presenting contemporary Norwegian music.

As of 2013, KORK consists of fifty-three musicians. The current principal conductor of KORK is Miguel Harth-Bedoya, as of the 2013-2014 season. The orchestra's current principal guest conductor is Andrew Manze, since 2008. KORK's current administrator is Rolf Lennart Stensø.

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