We proudly present the world’s northernmost music festival for classical music!
Experience beautiful music performed by top notch internationally acclaimed artists. Be surrounded by wild nature and the magical blue light. Let it all be accompanied by local food of the highest quality. Let yourself dive into the stories from the North. Welcome to Svalbard, to the top of the world – and to an unforgettable experience.
The very first Arctic Chamber Music Festival was arranged in February 2018. Musicians from the Arctic Philharmonic formed the basis of the festival, performing in various formats together with the guests soloists Truls Mørk, Henning Kraggerud, Berit Norbakken Solset and Espen Langvik. There were some unforgettable moments, with amazing performances of at small and intimate place like the Gallery in Longyearbyen – and the fabulous concert at the Mine 7.
The second festival, with the theme of “Changes”, took place in Longyearbyen in June 2019. The soloists performing this year was Henning Kraggerud, Eldbjørg Hemsing, Imogen Cooper and Adrian Brendel and of course, musicians from the Arctic Philharmonic. The festival was also an arena for debates and seminars, with a special focus on human-influenced changes – a time to reflect and discuss important issue together with partner of the year, Arctic Frontiers.
The third festival was arranged in February 2020, featuring the artists Håkon Kornstad, Adrian Angelico, Mariann Fjeld-Solberg, Peter Herresthal and Tim Weiss together with the Arctic Philharmonic sinfonietta. Special to this year’s festival was the focus on the sound of the arctic, presenting the orchestral work with the same title, by composer Lasse Thoresen, commissioned by the Arctic Philharmonic and “created” with inspiration from Svalbard.
The Arts Desk (UK) wrote this article about the festival – well worth a read, to really get into the vibe of the festival: “Cultural excellence at the top of the world.”
German TV-channel ZDF, made this interesting documentary discussing the role of culture and climate changes:
ZDF – Kultur und Klimawandel auf Spitzbergen
Arctic Chamber Music Festival 2021 – collaborative partners:
Arctic Chamber Music Festival 2021 is supported by: