The chamber choir Ensemble 96 is a group of 24 highly qualified singers and has won recognition both at home and abroad through its concerts, its performances of contemporary music – many of them premieres – and not least its prize-winning recordings. Both Immortal Nystedt (2L-029, 2005) and Kind (2L-076, 2010) were GRAMMYnominated in the categories Best Choral Performance and Best Surround Sound Album.
Immortal Nystedt was also selected by the newspaper Morgenbladet in 2011 as one of Norway’s 100 best albums through history. Ensemble 96 resolutely aspires to maintain a distinct profile as an ensemble that focuses on contemporary music. New music by Norwegian composers has long been one of the choir’s hallmarks, and the ensemble regularly commissions and performs new compositions. The choir has also given the first performances in Norway of works by foreign composers. In addition, the choir has collaborated with visual artists, performance artists, actors and dancers in exploring and extending the boundaries of the concert experience.
photo: from booklet 2L140