Okko Kamu - Conductor from 1975 to 1979
Mariss Jansons - Conductor from 1979 to 2002
André Previn - Conductor from 2002 to 2006
Jukka-Pekka Saraste - Conductor from 2006 to 2013
Vasily Petrenko - Conductor from 2013 to 2020
Johan Halvorsen - Conductor from 1919 to 1920
Ignaz Neumark - Conductor from 1919 to 1921
Georg Schnéevoigt - Conductor from 1919 to 1921
José Eibenschütz - Conductor from 1921 to 1927
Issay Dobrowen (Itschok Zorachovitch Barabeitchik) - Conductor from 1927 to 1931
Odd Grüner-Hegge - Conductor from 1931 to 1933
Olav Kielland - Conductor from 1931 to 1945
Odd Grüner-Hegge - Conductor from 1945 to 1962
Øivin Fjeldstad - Conductor from 1962 to 1969
Miltiades Caridis - Conductor from 1969 to 1975
Klaus Mäkelä - Conductor from 2020
The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra's roots go back to 1879, when Edvard Grieg and Johan Svendsen founded the Christiania Musikerforening.
Later, the orchestra was merged with the Christiania Theatre Orchestra, which was on the verge of reductions. Iver Holter suggested the founding of a city orchestra which could play at municipal festivities, concerts and in the theatre, and as a result, the orchestra gained municipal support from 1889.
In 1899 the Nationaltheatret was opened. The orchestra served the Nationaltheatret in two roles: providing music for the new theatre, and symphony concerts for the Music Society. During the First World War, the desire for symphonic music grew, along with inflation, leading to a dispute between the orchestra and the Nationaltheatret and a temporary collapse of concerts. Thus, in 1919, the orchestra was reformed as the Filharmonisk Selskaps Orkester (Orchestra of the Philharmonic Company) by private shareholders and initiative.
Filharmonisk Selskaps Orkester's first concert took place in Logen on 27 September 1919, with 59 musicians on stage and with Georg Schnéevoigt as conductor.
The next decades featured various economic problems, which led to the resignation of 15 musicians in one season. In spite of this, the orchestra continued to attract notable musicians and conductors, such as Richard Burgin, Max Rostal, Ernst Glaser, Robert Soetens, and others who were driven out of Germany by the Nazi regime - Igor Stravinsky, Fritz Busch, Erich Kleiber, and Bruno Walter.
The first Norwegian radio broadcast started in April 1923, and shortly after, the first radio concert with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. From 1925, there was a contract between the orchestra and the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), ensuring weekly live broadcast concerts. This contract with NRK saved the orchestra from bankruptcy in the 1930s.
The first performance of the Oslo Philharmonic outside Scandinavia took place in 1962. Since then, the orchestra has much international acclaim.
In 1979, the orchestra formally changed its name to Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1996, an act of the Norwegian parliament made the orchestra an independent foundation.
Although the orchestra has maintained high standards of quality since its inception and under various renowned musical directors, many consider that it saw its largest leap forward during the tenure of Mariss Jansons from 1979 to 2002. The Oslo Philharmonic won international acclaim with its Tchaikovsky cycle and a very successful series of recordings for EMI. Wikipedia