The Norwegian conductor Grete Pedersen is one of the most renowned conductors in the international choral scene. Since 1990 Grete Pedersen is Music Director of the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir whose recordings were awarded the ‘Choc de la Musique’ and the ‘Prix d'Or’ from Diapason. In 1984 she founded the Oslo Chamber Choir which she directed until 2004.
Grete Pedersen is a demanded guest conductor and has worked with the Eric Ericson Kammerchor, Schwedischen Rundfunkchor, Netherlands Radio Chor, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Danish National Vocal Ensemble and Choir, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Pro Coro Canada, Tokyo Cantat, World Youth Choir among others. Grede Pedersen participated with the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir in the project “150 psalms” at Early Music Festival Utrecht, New York and Brussels in 2017/18. Future highlights will see engagements with Chamber Choir Ireland, Stavanger Symphony, Slovenian Philharmonic Choir, Latvian Radio Choir, Netherlands Bach Society, Estonian Male Choir etc.
Pedersen's name stands for productions and stagings with wide stylistic variety. Her contrasting concert programmes are known to often be a rather radical mixture. In addition to premiering contemporary musical works, her efforts have increasingly been directed towards larger productions for choir and orchestra.
BIS Records has released numerous recordings by Grete Pedersen and the Norwegian Soloists Choir with works by Per Norgard, Kaija Saariaho, Iannis Xenakis, Helmut Lachenmann, Alfred Janson, J.S. Bach, Knut Nystedt, Alban Berg, Olivier Messiaen, Fartein Valen, Anton Webern, Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert, Edvard Grieg and Norwegian Folk Music. For her latest recording with J.S. Bach Motets with the Norwegian Soloists‘ Choir and Ensemble Allegria Grete Pedersen was awarded a Diapason d’Or.