Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra a symphony orchestra based in Oslo, Norway. Starting in the 2006/2007 season, Jukka-Pekka Saraste will take over the position as musical director from Andre Previn. The orchestra consists of 69 musicians in the string section, 16 in the woodwinds, 15 in brass, 5 in percussionists, 1 harpist, and 1 pianist. The orchestra's home is in the Oslo Concert Hall.
The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra's roots go to 1879, when Kristiania Musical Association (Kristiania Musikerforening) was founded by Edvard Grieg and others. The orchestra also served the Nationaltheatret). In 1919, the orchestra was reformed as the Orchestra of the Philharmonic Company (Filharmonisk Selskabs Orkester). In 1979 the name was changed to Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, and in 1996 the organization was made an independent foundation by an act the Norwegian parliament.
Although the orchestra has maintained high standards of quality since its inception and under various renowned musical directors, many consider that it saw its largest leap forward during the tenure of Mariss Jansons from 1979 to 2002. During this time the orchestra recorded authoritative renditions of Tchaikovsky's symphonies, and international tours.