Far north of the Arctic Circle you will find the world's youngest and most northern orchestra - The Arctic Philharmonic. Established in 2009, the orchestra went on to become one of Northern Norway's greatest cultural successes.

With a particular focus on the contemporary music scene, the Arctic Philharmonic has made a name for itself as an artistic, creative and experimental hub for Norway's northern region having had several major world premieres to date - from operas to symphonies.

Despite the breadth of the orchestra's repertoire, it doesn't lose its connection to the local area, neither musically nor visually. The Arctic Philharmonic's musical roots are deeply set in the towns of Bodø and Tromsø, where both the musicians and the music play up to the raw nature that the land of the midnight sun represents.

At NJORD 2020, the Arctic Philharmonic Sinfonietta will perform for the first time on Danish soil. They are this year's ensemble-in-residence and in addition to their concerts, they will be involved in a collaborative workshop and concert with the Royal Danish Academy of Music.

Berit Opheim Versto (NO)

In her home country of Norway, Berit Opheim is something of a national icon. Her voice has been described as both beautiful and characteristic and her repertoire includes jazz, classical and modern music.

Of most importance however, is her central role as an innovator of Norway's rich and traditional folk music. This has led her to work with a large number of Norwegian musicians and composers from Per H. Indrehus, Nils Økland and Karl Seglem to Lasse Thoresen, Ragnhild Berstad and Rolf Lislevand.

Berit Opheim was educated at the Norwegian Academy of Music and has been associated with the Ole Bull Academy in Voss since 1992.

At NJORD 2020, Berit Opheim will sing a selection from composer-in-residence Lasse Thoresen's piece HELLIGKVAD OP. 19th


David M.A.P. Palmquist (DK)

David M.A.P. Palmquist was born in 1979 in Copenhagen.

He has been employed as solo first horn in the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and has had previous engagements with the Odense Symphony Orchestra, the Danish Radio Sinfonietta and played as third horn in the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

He studied at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Odense and the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where he made his debut from the soloist class in 2002. In 2004 he went on to study in the soloist class at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hanover with Professor Jan Schroeder. 

David M.A.P. Palmquist often appears as a soloist and has been an active chamber musician as a member of the wind quintet Carion since 2002 and the brass quintet Art of Brass Copenhagen since 1999, both of which have won several prizes in Danish and international chamber music competitions in the course of the last few years.

David M.A.P. Palmquist will perform the horn solo at the concert PRISON POEMS.


Is an Icelandic trio based in Copenhagen. "Kimi" in Icelandic means a small or narrow corner. This particular corner represents the remarkable musical setting and esoteric repertoire of the KIMI trio.

The trio consists of Jónas Ásgeir Ásgeirsson on accordion, Katerina Anagnostidou on percussion and vocalist Þórgunnur Anna Örnólfsdótti.

The trio met each other during their studies and debuted to a full house in the summer of 2018 with a programme of music by Icelandic composers.

The KIMI trio will perform at the Musical Market Day during NJORD 2020 at Nordatlantens Brygge.


Flautist Maiken Mathisen Schau (b. 1970) was educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in 1995 and debuted from the soloist's class in both Copenhagen and Aalborg. Schau also studied in London with the renowned flautist Jonathan Snowden.

Already during her studies she was a soloist with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and won the award as debutant of the year at the festival games in Northern Norway. She has since been a frequent guest on Norwegian radio and TV and has received fantastic reviews both nationally and internationally.

Since 1999 she has been employed as a flautist in The Royal Norwegian Marine Music Corps and is a highly sought-after chamber musician and soloist. She has performed a number of Norwegian works, contributed to over 40 CD recordings and performed at several major festivals both at home and abroad. Maiken Mathisen Schau also plays in the Norwegian Sinfonietta Ensemble Ernst.

At the NJORD Biennale 2020, Maiken Mathisen Schau will perform the flute solo in Lasse Thoresen's PRISON POEMS.


Michala Petri (DK)

Prodigy and virtuoso recorder soloist. Already at 11 years old, she debuted as a soloist in Tivoli's Concert Hall. Since then she has toured the world and played more than 4000 concerts. It is not too much to say that Danish Michala Petri  (b. 1958) is one of the world's most talented and renowned recorder players.

Some of the top international names Petri has worked with include Heinz Holliger, Gidon Kremer, James Galway, Keith Jarrett and Claudio Abbado. In 1992 Michala Petri formed a duo with guitarist and flute player Lars Hannibal, with whom she has toured extensively.

Petri's repertoire ranges from early Baroque to newly composed music, where a keen interest in exploring and expanding her instrument's capabilities has made her a significant source of inspiration for many contemporary composers both at home and abroad.

At the NJORD Biennale, Michala Petri will host Saturday's programme at Nordatlantens Brygge.


Mogen Dahl (born 1953) is a conductor and the founder of the Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir, a choir that has established itself as one of Scandinavia’s leading vocal ensembles. He has a master’s degree in music from the University of Aarhus, in conducting from the Royal Academy of Music, and has also studied with Eric Ericson and Jorma Panula.

Dahl has conducted numerous TV, radio, and stage productions in Denmark and abroad. As a conductor, he is known for his exceptional understanding of the distinctive qualities in vocal music and has received excellent reviews all over Scandinavia.

In 2005, Mogens Dahl realised his long-time dream and established the Mogens Dahl Concert Hall in Copenhagen, which has become a well-known venue for prestigious chamber music series featuring acclaimed, international artists.

Many of Mogens Dahl’s pioneering projects are based on newly composed works dedicated to the Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir by some of Scandinavia’s leading composers. The choir’s latest CD also attests to this, as it is a recording of Nordic Mass for choir and cello, which was specially written for the choir by Sven-David Sandström and performed for the first time at the Bergen International Festival in 2014. 

Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir opens this year’s NJORD Biennale with a varied Nordic programme where both solo vocalists and the entire ensemble will treat the audience to spectacular vocal performances of the highest quality. 


Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir is a professional choir ensemble of carefully selected vocalists from the Nordic countries. The choir was founded in 2005 by conductor Mogens Dahl and has since then become one of the most prominent classic ensembles in the region.

Artistically, the ensemble is rooted in the Nordic acapella tradition, but because of its mission to continually engage with and affect the contemporary scene and the future of Nordic vocal music, the choir is constantly challenging its members, looking for fresh ideas.  

Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir often performs new compositions by established, Nordic composers, written especially for the ensemble. For instance, the choir premiered Sven-David Sandström’s Nordic Mass at Bergen International Festival in 2014 and The Passion of St. John in Konzerthaus Berlin in 2016.

Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir will open this year’s NJORD Biennale with a varied Nordic programme where both solo vocalists and the entire ensemble will treat the audience to spectacular vocal performances of the highest quality. 

SAUM Musical Theatre (DK/Nordic)

SAUM is a Nordic musical theatre that produces modern operas especially for children, and also adults. SAUM means "seam" in New Norwegian. Seams in the traditional sense join two pieces of fabric or edges together and as SAUM themselves put it: "We want to both connect and give edge!".

At SAUM, it is important to create performances that embrace and combine classical music with good children's theatre, thereby pushing the boundaries of children's culture.

The musical theatre SAUM was founded in 2010 by the classically trained singer Ingeborg Fangel Mo, who has lived in Norway for a number of years. Today, Ingeborg Fangel Mo runs SAUM Musical Theatre together with a group of interchanging musicians, singers and actors.

SAUM will perform the musical theatre VØLVENS JUDGEMENT at Nordatlantens Brygge on Saturday 1st February during the Musical Market Day.




Nordic Voices (NO)

Nordic Voices are an innovative and award winning six-voice a cappella group from Norway.

Formed in 1996, Nordic voices comprises of six graduates from the Norwegian Academy of Music and the Norwegian Academy of Opera. 

Known for their artistic creativity, versatility, technical precision and charismatic stage presence, a concert with Nordic Voices will often explore a wider than usual spectrum of musical expression, from plainchant and sacred religious texts, to newly commissioned works by Norwegian composers and compositions with electronic amplification, sampling and video-art.

In addition to regular concerts in Oslo and around Norway, their recent concert tours have included visits to South-America, Spain, Germany and regular tours of the USA.

Their numerous recordings on the Chandos label have been well received and were nominated for the Norwegian Grammy Awards (Spellemannprisen) in both 2007 and 2008.

Ólavur Jakobsen (FO)

Ólavur Jakobsen was born in 1964 in Tórshavn in The Faroe Islands.

He took up the guitar as a child and was inspired by his father, who also played guitar. He was introduced to Chet Atkins, Hank B. Marvin and Django Reinhardt and his early influences included Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. 

It was only after hearing the old master, Andrés Segovia and later on, Sir Julian Bream, that he felt compelled to play classical guitar.

Ólavur Jakobsen commenced his studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen in Denmark with guitarist Ingolf Olsen, took further studies in Paris with French guitarist Roland Dyens and participated in masterclasses with Sir Julian Bream and David Russell. 

Ólavur Jakobsen is the co-founder of the Faroese chamber ensemble Aldubáran.

He currently lives in The Faroe Islands and divides his time between performing, touring, teaching and promoting Faroese music.

At the NJORD Biennale 2020, Ólavur JakobsenMaiken Mathisen will perform at the Music Market Day.

Peter Herresthal (NO)

På NJORD 2020 optræder Herrestahl med Eivind Buenes VIOLINKONCERT (2013) og Kaija Saariahos VERS TOI QUI ES SI LOIN (2018). 

The award-winning Norwegian violinist Peter Herresthal (b. 1970) has performed with orchestras and ensembles all over the world. From Melbourne to Vienna with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, to London with the BBC Philharmonic and London Sinfonietta.

Herresthal is known for his virtuosic solos and respectful interpretations of some of the greatest contemporary violin pieces. He has worked closely with composers such as Per Nørgård, Thomas Ades, Kaija Saariaho, Henri Dutilleux and Arne Nordheim.

Most recently, he toured Europe and the United States with the aria Vers toi qui es si loin, written specifically for Herrestahl by composer Kaija Saariaho, alongside her violin concerto Graal Theatre.

Herrestahl is also a professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music and guest lecturer at the Royal College of Music in London and New York University. Since the fall of 2019, Herresthal has also taught at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. 

Herrestahl plays on a GB Guadagnini from 1753.

At NJORD 2020, Herrestahl will perform Eivind Buene’s VIOLINKONCERT (2013) and Kaija Saariaho’s VERS TOI QUI ES SI LOIN (2018).


Tanja Zapolski is one of the most talented pianists in the classical music scene.

Since her debut in 2008, she has received praise for her intense and expressive piano playing. No style or context is too narrow, unusual or mainstream for Tanja Zapolski, whose repertoire ranges from baroque or romantic to pop and electronics.

Tanja has performed as a soloist with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, the Royal Danish Orchestra, as well as the Oslo, Helsingborg, Odense, Aarhus and South Jutland Symphony Orchestras.

Her open-minded and inquisitive approach to music has not only led her to travel around the world, but also to play in surprising constellations and win a sea of awards and honors such as "The Name of the Week" at P2, first prize in the Nordic Talents competition, the Gladsaxe Music Prize and the Wihelm Hansens Prize.

At NJORD 2020, Tanja will perform as a soloist for the late night concert concept LIG & LYT.

Tim Weiss (US)

På NJORD 2020 vil Tim Weiss føre dirigentstokken, når Arctic Philharmonic Sinfonietta optræder som årets ensemble-in-residence. 

Conductor Timothy Weiss has received numerous accolades for his performances and daring programmes in his native United States as well as the rest of the world. His repertoire of contemporary art music is large and fearless. It ranges from classical masterpieces to newly written compositions.

For more than two decades, Weiss has been involved with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, which, under his leadership, has proven able to compete with some of the largest orchestras around the world. He received the Adventures Programming Award from The League of American Orchestras for his work. 

Recently, Weiss has been appointed artistic director of the Arctic Philharmonic Sinfonietta in Bodø, Norway, in addition to his duties as a professor at Oberlin Music Conservatory.

At NJORD 2020, Tim Weiss will lead the way with this year's ensemble-in-residence, the Arctic Philharmonic Sinfonietta.

Staka (IS)

Staka is a mixed Icelandic chamber choir based in Copenhagen. The choir was established in the fall of 2004 and has since held many concerts in Denmark and abroad, often with other North Atlantic choirs from Greenland and the Faroe Islands. 

In addition, Staka take part in film recordings, festivals and official state events, as well as arrangements and concerts abroad. 

Staka consists of approx. 20 singers, most of whom have been singing in choir since they were very young, and many have a vocal or musical education to their name.

The choir has a diverse repertoire and focuses primarily on newly written Icelandic choral music. The choir's main goal is to represent Iceland's musical culture in Denmark.

Staka will perform at Music Market Day. 

NJORD | Jan 30 – Feb 02 2020 | Copenhagen

NJORD is Copenhagen's biennale for new Nordic music and art. The biennale brings together composers, visual artists, musicians, poets, and directors in Nordic collaboration on a number of cross-artistic projects.