Ingar Bergby is currently Music Director of the Värmland Opera in Sweden and of the Orchestra of Värmland Opera as well. In addition to this, he is also Principal Conductor of the Opera Vest, Principal Guest Conductor of the Bit 20 Ensemble, and permanent Guest Conductor with responsibility for Nordic repertoire of the Bergen Philharmonic, all three of them situated in Bergen, Norway.
Ingar Bergby was born in Norway in 1964. He studied clarinet with Prof. Richard Kjelstrup at the Norwegian Academy of Music and later conducting with Prof. Karsten Andersen, and with Jorma Panula in Helsinki. He has been awarded scholarships from the Norwegian Government as well as numerous Norwegian honorary prices.
His conducting career started when he became Chief Conductor of the Bit 20 Ensemble in 1991 and of Opera Vest in 1993. These contemporary music ensembles enjoy internationally a high reputation and are regularly invited by important music festivals and important concert in Europe, among others the Agora Festival at IRCAM Center, Barbican Center, Alternative Lyrique Festival Paris, Musikfest Bremen, Musica Festival Strasbourg, Ultima Festival Oslo, the Bergen International Festival, the Autunnale Festival and Music Factory where they have received exceptionally fine reviews. With these ensembles Ingar Bergby has made numerous CD recordings and world premieres, and they have toured all the Nordic countries, England, Germany and France. Opera Vest has collaborated closely with Music Theatre Wales for many years.
Since 1994 Ingar Bergby has been regularly invited as guest conductor to leading Norwegian and Swedish Orchestras, such as the Oslo Philharmonic, the Bergen Philharmonic, the Trondheim Symphony, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Norwegian Opera, the Gothenburg Symphony, and the Helsingborg Symphony. Many of these concerts have been broadcasted on television and radio.
Since 1999 Ingar Bergby's repertoire was enlarged by classical and romantic opera as he was appointed as Chief Conductor of the Värmland Opera in this year. His performances of "Fidelio", "Tosca", "Un Ballo in Maschera" as well as his interpretations of all symphonies by Beethoven and Brahms received outstanding critical acclaim.
Engagements during the 2003/04 season will include among others "Nabucco" and the world premier of a new Swedish opera at the Värmland Opera, as well as concerts with the Orchestra of the Värmland Opera, the Bergen Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Norwegian Opera, and the Gothenburg Symphony.