Ensemble Allegria is a group of young, enthusiastic string players who share a passion for work and a joy of playing. The ensemble was founded in 2007 by students at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Following an extraordinarily rapid development, Ensemble Allegria is today a frequent guest at prestigious music festivals, including the Bergen International Festival, the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, the Northern Lights Festival in Tromsø, and Gezeitenkonzerte in Germany. The ensemble has collaborated with artists such as Lawrence Power, Martin Fröst, and Tine Thing Helseth. In 2012 it was the only ensemble to be awarded the Statoil Talent Award for classical music.