Music in Norway

Norwegian musicians are making a big impact on the international music scene. Some of the most familiar names are Röyksopp, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Jan Garbarek, Arne Nordheim, Mari Boine, Leif Ove Andsnes, Nils Petter Molvær, Rolf Wallin, Turbonegro, Truls Mørk, Bugge Wesseltoft, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Serena Maneesh.

You can read about the history of Norwegian music and the community these world-class performers are part of on the following pages, where you will find information on and links to Norwegian musicians, bands, composers, organisations and institutions.

But first we recommend a visit to the digital music shop, where you can download sound files of all genres of Norwegian music. Thirty-second segments of each track are available free of charge, and individual tracks or entire CDs can be downloaded and paid for by credit card.

For information on performances in Norway and abroad, please consult the Music Information Centre Norway’s calendar. The Centre also has an English news service, which provides useful information for those interested in Norwegian music. is also accessible from the Centre’s website, under Listen & buy.

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