News January 2016

The EDVARD GRIEG SOCIETY OF NEW YORK, will present a Grieg concert on January 16, 2016, at the Liederkrantz Club in New York with cellist and Juilliard faculty member, Darrett Adkins, performing the Grieg Cello Sonata with celebrated pianist, Ann Schein. They will be joined by Earl Carlyss of The Juilliard Quartet, (ret.) in Grieg’s Trio.   For information, please visit:

The launching of a new GRIEG SOCIETY OF THE DAKOTAS will take place at Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota on February 18, 2016. A voice concert of Grieg songs and piano works featuring Marla Fogderud and Darci Bultema and pianist Keith Teepen will serve as a kickstarter event for the new Grieg Society of the Dakotas.

Soprano and noted expert on Scandinavian art song, Anna Hersey, will perform with Matti Hirvonen, Swedish pianist and professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, in programs that include Grieg’s Haugtussa and other Scandinavian composers. Hirvonen will present master classes at the Cleveland Institute of Music on February 11, 2016, and join Anna Hersey in concerts in Portales, New Mexico and Tacoma, Washington. Hersey’s article, “Beyond Grieg: Norwegian Art Songs” was just released in the National Association of Teachers journal, Nov/Dec. issue. Her book, Scandinavian Art Song: A Guide to Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish Diction and Repertoire is forthcoming from Rowman & Littlefield. More information on

THE UKRAINIAN GRIEG SOCIETY is planning its official opening in May 2016. The society will be based at the Music College in Zhytomyr, Ukraine. Liubov Syniak, who is organizing the society and events during the week before the opening, is organizing concerts and competitions between pupils of music schools and students of the Music College. For more information, please contact:

Recent Events of Grieg Societies 2015

Please note that the list of societies and events is not complete. This information was either provided by the society or found on their web site.

On November 15, the Grieg Begegnungsstätte Leipzig e.V. (the German Society of Edvard Grieg) presented a concert with Diana Mos, violin, and Valentina Sandu-Dediu, piano from the National Music University in Bukarest. Works included Grieg, Debussy, and Dediu. On November 7, the society celebrated its 10th anniversary of the opening of their location at Talstrasse 10. The 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Grieg Begegnungsstätte was held in Leipzig on October 27, with performances of Grieg. For more information, visit:

The Russian Grieg Society often organizes concerts in Sweden, Norway and Russia (predominantly Moscow) that include performances of young children and seasoned artists. A recent concert was held at the Moscow Conservatory’s hall and was entitled “Music without Borders – Ties between Generations”. Young gifted musicians performed Grieg and Norwegian pianists, Joachim Kwetzinsky and Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, both performed during the concert. Aleksandr Trishkin, student of Conservatory’s College in Moscow, performed the 1st movement of Grieg’s concerto. The professor of the Gnesin’s Academy of Music in Moscow, Aleksandr Zagorinsky, also played with Mr. Steen-Nøkleberg.  In August, the society presented concerts in Stockholm at Sofia church. In September, the society presented concerts at the Russian Embassy, Russian-Norwegian Culture Center, and Kongsberg’s and Ski’s high schools in Norway.
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On November 13, the Grieg Society of Great Britain presented the British premiere of John Carmichael’s  Serenade for Flute and Piano. The evening also included works of Grieg, Carmichael, Grainger and Saint-Saëns. The performance took place at Schott’s Music Shop in London. For more information, visit:

The Edvard Grieg Society of Minneapolis celebrated its 10th Anniversary from September 18-20.  Programs included lecture-performances and performances at Norway House, Augsburg College, and Mindekirken, The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis. Performers were Rolf Erdahl, Carrie Vecchione, Dan Dressen, Sonja Thompson, Sylvia Eckes with commentary by William Halverson, and students of Norwegian-founded area colleges. On October 9, at Mindekirken in Minneapolis, the Leif Eriksson International Festival and Edvard Grieg Society of Minneapolis presented Norwegian pianist, Rune Alver in works of Grieg and other Norwegian composers. For more information, visit:

In cooperation with the Edvard Grieg Society of America, Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana, invited well-known Norwegian bass-baritone and Grieg specialist, Njål Sparbo, as visiting artist. On November 4, there was a lecture-demonstration of Grieg songs and choral works with Mr. Sparbo assisted by Mary Rose Norell and Luke Norell, piano, and a performance of two of the Four Psalms, Op. 74, with the Goshen College Chamber Choir. On November 5, Njål Sparbo conducted a vocal master class with Goshen voice students.

Visiting artist, Njål Sparbo, gave a vocal master class at Indianapolis University. At Zion Evangelical Church of Christ in Indianapolis, Indiana, on November 8,  there was a lecture-demonstration of Grieg Songs with Njål Sparbo assisted by Gregory Martin, piano. For a review of the events, visit:!news/cidv

The South Bend Area Music Teachers Association in Indiana hosted an all- Grieg presentation and performance on Wednesday, October 14. Mary Rose Norell and Luke Norell, piano performed a program that included piano works from Op. 17, Op. 66, and Op. 72, the Ballade, Op. 24, and the Norwegian Dances, a duet.



The Centre for Grieg Research has a new web site

The Centre for Grieg Research was established by the University of Bergen in collaboration with the Bergen Public Library (representing the Municipality of Bergen) and Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen (representing KODE – Art Museums of Bergen). The purpose of the Centre is to undertake research and contribute to the education of researchers focusing on Edvard Grieg’s works, as well as the music and musical life of Western Norway. The Centre also collaborates with the national Music Heritage Project.
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Welcome to the web site

Dear Grieg friends,
Welcome to the web site for the International Edvard Grieg Society.
In the menu, you will find general information about the society and the Grieg societies worldwide.

You will also find information about the Grieg Conferences held from 2000 until today, with a number of papers published.

You are welcome to post your own comments and to join us on Facebook.

New Grieg Society in USA

The Edvard Grieg Society of America, Inc. was officially formed on April 2, 2015.  It was created as a response to participants’ requests from the Grieg Festival 2015, to continue promoting the knowledge and visibility of Edvard Grieg and his music.  In addition to arranging concerts, symposia, workshops, masterclasses, and competitions, it assists individuals and groups in forming regional Grieg societies.
September 18-20, 2015
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Edvard Grieg Society of Minneapolis 10th Anniversary Celebrations
Concert of Grieg piano works on September 19, Augsburg College
Sylvia Eckes, piano, William Halverson, speaker
Performances with students at Augsburg College
November 2-5, 2015
Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana
Vocal Master Class and Performances of Grieg songs and choral works
Njål Sparbo, guest artist, Mary Rose Norell and Luke Norell, piano
November 7-10, 2015
Indianapolis University, Indiana
Master class and Performance of Grieg songs
Njål Sparbo, guest artist, Gregory Martin, piano
February 18, 2016
Performance of Grieg songs and piano works
Marla Fodgerud and Darci Bultema, sopranos
Fall 2016
Grieg Competition
Rollins College, Gloria Cook, coordinator
Updated information can be found here.
Board members:
Sylvia Eckes, President
William H. Halverson, Vice President
Gloria Cook, Secretary
Cheryl Christensen, Board member
Marla Fogderud, Board member
Gregory Martin, Board member
Mary Rose Norell, Board member
Contact information:
Mailing address: 7026 Langley Place
University Park, Florida 34201 USA
E-mail address:
Web site: