(BIT 20 Ensemble - Bergen Ensemble for Contemporary Music)
Edvard Griegs Plass 1
N-5015 BERGEN, Norway
Phone: (+47) 55 21 61 20
BIT20 Ensemble was founded in Bergen, Norway in 1989. Consisting of 15 musicians, BIT20 is regarded as one of the foremost Nordic contemporary music ensembles. Baldur Brönnimann is Artistic Director and the main conductor of the ensemble since January 2011.
The ensemble has performed at many major international venues for contemporary music, including Festival Agora (IRCAM Centre Pompidou, France), Festival Précences (Radio France), Soundstreams (Canada), Transart (Italy), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, at the Barbican Centre (England), and in Moscow and St Petersburg (Russia). BIT20 has also appeared at major Norwegian festivals – Ultima, Borealis, Ilios and the Bergen International Festival.
BIT20 Ensemble is involved in concerts, educational work, radio productions, CD recordings, international tours and modern opera. It has commissioned and premiered nearly 100 works and released 23 albums. On a daily basis the ensemble is located in the Grieghall, Bergen. A Majority of the BIT20 musicians hold positions of Solo and alt. Solo in the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
The ensemble is recognised for its flexibility. Its repertoire ranges from pieces written for single musicians to works for full sinfonietta. The ensemble includes three permanent chamber groups: BIT20 Jugband, BIT20 Duo and BIT20 Percussion.
Bruket, Trude Director, (+47) 97 01 98 93
Brönnimann, Baldur Artistic Director
Rege, Geir Head of Information, (+47) 55 21 61 27