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Arctic Philharmonic in brief​

Christian Kluxen is new Chief Conductor for the Arctic Philharmonic from January 1.st 2019

Well north of the Arctic Circle, you will discover the world’s northernmost professional orchestral institution – the Arctic Philharmonic. Since our founding in 2009, the Arctic Philharmonic has become one of Northern Norway’s largest and most active cultural institutions.

The structure of the orchestra is unique and innovative – both in Norway and in the rest of the world. Located in two arctic cites, Bodø and Tromsø – and still with the whole northern region as its arena.

The High North with its nature and history is a strategic fundament for the Arctic Philharmonic. This is reflected in our programming work, the marketing and communications – and all the way to the concert experience. The arctic is the core in both the visual and the artistic profile.

The orchestra strives to be as raw and real as the surrounding nature, and each musician tries to reach the outer limits of their performance and communication with the audience. Together, they search for the perfect unison.

The orchestra presents somwhere around 150 performances and concerts each year, with the orchestra’s musicians alternating between different ensemble formats on a regular basis.

Read more about our different format and ensembles here:

Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra

Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra

Arctic Philharmonic Sinfonietta

Arctic Opera

Foto:  Yngve Olsen Sæbbe
Yngve Olsen Sæbbe


The Arctic Philharmonic produces full-scale opera performances and alternates between different ensemble formats on a regular basis. In the course of a year, you can meet the musicians of the orchestra in variations from small chamber groups, as the sinfonietta ensemble or as the chamber orchestra. When we join forces, you can experience the full Arctic Philharmonic orchestra.

The Arctic Philharmonic seeks to consolidate the position of arts in the High North, and the orchestra’s programme reflects its focus on audience development.

The orchestra aims to present contemporary Norwegian music with particular focus on the High North, while at the same time managing a broad spectrum of the shared musical heritage.

The Arctic Philharmonic commissions new works and focuses on multiple performances and recordings. We collaborate with North Norwegian bands and artists from other musical genres, including jazz, pop and folk music, in an effort to raise the profile of the regional music scene, nationally as well as internationally.