Grieg Now! International Conference and Workshop in Bergen, Norway, 24 – 27 October 2019

The International Edvard Grieg Society, Grieg Academy/Centre for Grieg Research University of Bergen and Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen invite scholars and performers to the event “Grieg Now!” International Conference and Workshop in Bergen, Norway, 24 – 27 October 2019.

With Edvard Grieg as a starting point, the international conference and workshop “Grieg Now!” aims to bring performers and researchers together and provide an opportunity for sharing knowledge, experiences and reflections on his music and influences on music and culture in our times.  The event will include the following areas: Musicology (key note speakers, paper presentations), Artistic Research (lecture demonstrations) and Performance (workshops, Master classes and concerts) and will combine academic lectures, practical demonstrations, master classes, individual teaching sessions, discussion forums, and performances.

Invited guests will include:
Oslo String Quartet
Daniel Grimley, Oxford University
Other key note speakers to be announced on this website.

Participating staff from the Grieg Academy and Centre for Grieg Research:
Ricardo Odriozola (violin), Signe Bakke (piano), Torleif Torgersen (piano), Einar Røttingen (piano), John Ehde (cello), Hilde H. Sveen (voice), Njål Sparbo (voice) and Arnulf Mattes (musicology).

Research seminar
Scholars on all areas of music research are invited to contribute with individual papers or co-presentations on the following topics, exploring the variety of present understandings of Grieg’s musical and cultural significance:

  1. Grieg in current artistic practice, new ways of performing and interpreting Grieg’s works, artistic research projects, re-composition.
  2. Grieg in contemporary concert life, performative aspects of Grieg’s music, new forms of staging and narrating Grieg, music education projects.
  3. Grieg in popular culture, adaptations of Grieg’s music in popular music and film music, social media, streaming.
  4. Grieg in current music theory, analytical reassessments of his works, compositional intertextuality, history of effect
  5. Grieg and historical performance studies, analysis of historical recordings.
  6. Grieg and cultural heritage projects, new editions, digital library.

Performance workshop
The performance workshops will be open to a limited number of active participants. Individuals or groups may apply within these instrumental categories: solo piano, violin & piano, cello & piano, piano trio, string quartet, voice & piano. The workshops will cover the following repertoire:

Repertoire: Any pieces or works by Edvard Grieg. In addition, all pianists must play at least one piano piece or movement of a piano work by one 20th Century or contemporary Norwegian composer. To receive a list of suggested repertoire, contact If you are a pianist who wants to play with a partner (singer or string player(s) in the workshop, ask for this in your application and we will try to fulfill your request.

Repertoire: Any of Edvard Grieg’s songs (available in all transpositions). In addition, all singers must include at least one song by a 20th Century or contemporary Norwegian composer. To receive a list of suggested repertoire, contact If you are a singer who wants to collaborate with a pianist or other instrumentalists in the workshop, ask for this in your application and we will try to fulfill your request.

Repertoire: Any chamber work or movement by Edvard Grieg (violin/cello sonatas, trio, string quartet). In addition, all string players must play at least one piece or movement of a work by a 20th Century or contemporary Norwegian composer. To receive a list of suggested repertoire, contact If you are a string player who wants to play with a partner (duo w/pianist) or be part of an ensemble (trio, quartet) in the workshop, ask for this in your application and we will try to fulfill your request.

The final concerts will include the active participants and will take place at the Edvard Grieg Museum’s concert venues Troldsalen Chamber Music Hall and Grieg’s villa at Troldhaugen.

Application procedures:

  1. Active applicant in workshop: Please send name, instrument, country, e-mail address and background information (studies, professional activity), and repertoire you wish to study. Additionally, include an electronic submission of a digital recording (min. 5 minutes) of a music piece of your choice (MP3, YouTube, etc.). Applications should be sent to and will be processed and answered as they come in until 1 June 2019. After this date, you may still apply and be accepted if there is space.
  2. Submission of individual papers or co-presentations: Please send your abstract by 1 May 2019 to Proposals will be assessed by 1 June 2019.
  3. Observing participants: Please send name, country, e-mail address, and background information (studies, professional activities) to

All applicants must pay for their own travel and accommodation. A financial contribution to students in need of support will be considered if the funding for the conference allows it. More information about this will be sent to the applicants when the financial status is clear. Seminar/workshop and teaching sessions are free for all participants. Most meals (lunch/supper) will be covered. All inquiries should be sent to:

Call for papers 2019

Monumentally Grieg!

The Grieg Society of Scotland has released a short documentary film and an online 3D model – in support of its physical heritage project Monumentally Grieg! to rescue the gravestone of Edvard Grieg’s Scottish ancestors at Rathen Old Kirkyard, Aberdeenshire:
Watch our 10-minute Monumentally Grieg! film:

Explore our interactive Monumentally Grieg! 3D model (with sound):

For your interest, our press release (made to the Scottish press, text below), can also be also found here:

A tale of treachery and murder in mediaeval Norway

a tale of treachery and murder in mediaeval Norway

in Bjørnson’s dramatic monologue
in musical settings by Peter HEISE and Edvard GRIEG
Beryl Foster (mezzo-soprano) and Paul Gobey (piano)
Kara Wilson (narrator ) and Lydia Melleck (piano)

A unique opportunity to hear both versions in the same concert

Norwegian Church, St Olav’s Square, Albion Street, SE16
Saturday 6th April at 3.30pm

Tickets £20 (£15 Society members and concessions) – to include tea –
from; 0208 691 1910; or on the door

Bergliot poster