Monday, April 27, 2015


The progressive string ensemble 1B1 receives three-year support from Talent Norge (Talent Norway), Kavlifondet (the Kavli Trust), Sparebankstiftelsen SR-bank (Savings bank foundation SR-Bank), and the Cultiva Foundation.


1B1, who received a Norwegian "Grammy” award earlier this year, and next year will perform a specially composed work for NASA in New York, signed the agreement today, Monday April 27th, at a business and culture conference at the Kilden Performing Arts Centre in Kristiansand. The collaboration was announced by Norwegian Minister of Culture, Thorhild Widvey, and chairman of Talent Norway, John G. Bernander. The Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry, Monica Mæland, was also present during the event.


The purpose of the Talent Norway organization, recently formed by the Norwegian Government, is to develop the finest artistic talent in Norway in a cooperative effort between state and private actors, and thus contribute to cultural projects of high international standards and to develop more world class Norwegian artists.


Talent Norway has decided to invest 1.5 million Norwegian kroner in 1B1’s young musicians for three years. In addition to this, the orchestra will receive donations from the Kavli Trust, the Savings bank foundation SR-Bank and the Cultiva Foundation amounting to 500.000 NOK from each private partner in 2015. The intention is to support 1B1 with similar contributions in 2016 and 2017. These combined state and private donations provide 9 million Norwegian kroner to 1B1 over the next 3 years. This is one of the greatest investments ever benefitting young classical music in the region.


Since its formation in 2008, 1B1 has already collaborated with, among others, two of the greatest modern composers, Arvo Pärt and Steve Reich. 1B1 has also gained a strong reputation in Germany through cooperation projects in Berlin, Leipzig and Dresden. The orchestra consists of talented students at universities and culture schools in Stavanger, Bergen and Kristiansand, interacting with teachers and experienced musicians from the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra cooperates with a number of secondary schools, upper secondary schools and culture schools in the region. Through the 1B1 projects, graduates and alumni get the opportunity to collaborate with leading composers, soloists and orchestras around the world, offering the young musicians a unique possibility to prepare for their careers as professional performers.


- Ever since the beginning, we have had an ambition of changing the way classical music is performed and listened to. The grant agreement signed today will enable us to increase our activity both locally and internationally, to highlight young talents and create a unique environment for interaction and development of high level artistic expression, says Jan Bjøranger, the artistic director of 1B1.


Watch a video clip of 1B1 releasing their Norwegian Grammy-winning «Holberg Variations» album here.


For more information, please contact:


Jan Bjøranger, Artistic Director


Phone: +47 91 67 07 93


Erling Johansen, General Manager


Phone: + 47 47 17 22 16