Telenor Culture Prize 2017

This year, Telenor Group is awarding the annual Telenor Culture Prize “Boundless Communication” to choral conductor Grete Pedersen.

Written: Sep 2017

The Telenor Culture Prize ceremony and gala concert will take place on Monday 18th September 2017 at Oslo Concert Hall where Sigve Brekke, CEO Telenor Group will hand the award to the winner. The concert lineup includes performances by Jacob Collier (GB), Bea Palya (Hu) and various other Norwegian artists.

Grete Pedersen: Life and Career

Grete Pedersen is professor of choral conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music and is in demand as guest conductor for various professional choirs worldwide. She is also a sought-after leader of International Masterclasses for conductors.

Pedersen founded the Oslo Chamber Choir in 1984, and led the ensemble until 2004. With this choir she did a pioneering and board breaking work bringing the singing of Norwegian traditional folk music integrated in a classic choir tradition – work that has made a strong impact of Norwegian choir singing.

Since 1990, renowned choir Det Norske Solistkor has sung under the leadership of Grete Pedersen, internationally acclaimed for her stylistically assured and musically convincing performances of baroque music classical repertoire and contemporary music.

Through a great number of concerts in Norway and abroad, recordings for radio and television, and CD recordings, she has become one of the most noted and sought-after conductors in the Nordic countries.

She studied orchestra conducting with Kenneth Kiesler, and choral conducting with Terje Kvam and Eric Ericson.

Awards and recognitions

The Norwegian Critics prize 2010

The Prize from The Norwegian Composers Soziety 2012

Norwegian Choir Assosiation Prize of Honour 2004

Several times winner of The Choc de la Musique and the Prix d’Or from Diapason for CD recordings

Pedersen is awarded the Telenor Culture Prize for her unique effort in developing and raising awareness about choral singing in Norway as well as internationally.

About Telenor Culture Prize

Telenor’s Culture Prize, titled ‘Boundless Communication’, is given annually to performing artists or organizations that have made an extraordinary contribution within culture in Scandinavia, but who also are established internationally.

The prize was awarded for the first time in 1995 and since then has recognized artists and artistic organizations every year representing multiple disciplines.

The prize recognizes individuals, groups or institutions that have made a significant contribution to culture, across geographical, social and cultural borders. The prize is awarded for innovative performance or communication-related activities at the highest level, within or across artistic forms of expression.

Telenor Culture Prize Committee

Ingrid Kindem, Musician and composer, Leader of the Jury

Lars Saabye Christensen, Author

Martin Eia-Revheim, House Manager, Sparebankstiftelsen

Asta Busingye Lydersen, Singer and actor

Henrik Mestad, Actor

Jo Strømgren, Choreographer, dancer and director

Kai Rosenberg, Telenor Group

Telenor Culture Prize previous winners

2016      Deeyah Khan, Documentary film director, musician, composer and producer

2015      Jo Strømgren, Choreographer, Dancer and Director

2014      Stian Carstensen, Musician

2013      Hisham Zaman, Film Director

2012      Timbuktu, Hip-hop artist

2011      The Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK)

2010      Olafur Eliasson, Artist

2009      Liv Ullmann, Stage and Film Director, Actress

2008      Jonas Bendiksen, Photographer

2007      Marilyn Mazur, Percussion

2006      The International Museum of Children’s Art

2016      Deeyah Khan, Documentary film director, musician, composer and producer

2015      Jo Strømgren, Choreographer, Dancer and Director

2014      Stian Carstensen, Musician

2013      Hisham Zaman, Film Director

2012      Timbuktu, Hip-hop artist

2011      The Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK)

2010      Olafur Eliasson, Artist

2009      Liv Ullmann, Stage and Film Director, Actress

2008      Jonas Bendiksen, Photographer

2007      Marilyn Mazur, Percussion

2006      The International Museum of Children’s Art

2005      Anne Marit Jacobsen, Actress

2004      Ingrid Lorentzen, Dancer

2003      The World Theatre (Performance group)

2001      Ingvar Ambjørnsen, Author

2000      Juni Dahr, Actress

1999      Torun Lian, Film Director and Author

1998      Kari Bremnes, Singer, Composer and Author

1997      Kjersti Alveberg, Choreographer

1996      Wenche Øyen, Pictorial Artist

1995      Svein Tindberg, Actor