What is the BIT20 Ensemble?

BIT20 Ensemble is a foundation whose activities cover more than just concerts. We are a team of some 30 people. The members are passionate about contemporary music and convey their enthusiasm through a range of concerts, performances, school projects, composition and instrument-making workshops, seminars and discussions.

Our goal is to present the most adventurous ideas in modern music, and to document its rich history. We are continually striving to rethink the way we present the music we love.

Here are a few facts about us:

  • BIT20 Ensemble has been in existence since 1989 and is one of the leading contemporary music ensembles in the Nordic countries.
  • The performing ensemble is made up of 16 regular members, most of whom are solo musicians with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. 
  • BIT20 Ensemble performs a broad repertoire of contemporary music in a great variety of arenas; the ensemble is a conveyor of the musical traditions of recent decades. They continually instigate of new works and new projects.
  • BIT20 aims to bring contemporary music to audiences of all ages from any background. The ensemble is open to a great diversity of artistic trends and collaborates regularly with other art institutions, organizations and festivals, as well as with individual artists both home and abroad.
  • The ensemble has commissioned more than hundred works and contributed on twenty-five recordings. In addition the ensemble has an extensive programme aimed at children.