Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival
5. – 11. July 2021
Welcome to another festival in Lofoten. This year’s festival celebrates classical music with as many as 25 concerts. The program is ambitiously put together by our artistic director Arvid Engegård. Here is a good mix of the beautiful, the virtuoso, the light-hearted and the complex that can be found in the world of classical music. This year’s artists perform music in several of Lofoten’s churches, culture houses, restaurants and art galleries. The magical landscape in Lofoten is therefore a natural part of the festival experience.
This year’s festival also consists of artists at an internationally high level. Restrictions mean that this time only artists from Norway have been invited. Here you can read more about them. There may be changes before the festival.
This year’s program consists of a total of 25 events from Svolvær in the east to Flakstad in the west. Because of restrictions there will be shorter concerts than usual. There will also be no breaks during the concerts.
Infection control will also affect this year’s festival. For your own and others’ safety, you are asked to show extra consideration. The festival has planned a number of measures to limit the risk of infection at all events.
Classical Music in Lofoten
Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival and Lofoten Piano Festival are held every other year in Lofoten’s beautiful surroundings. The purpose of the festivals is to bring a varied classical music program – performed by international artists at a high level – to the whole of Lofoten.
Arvid Engegård | artistic director
Arvid Engegård is the artistic director of the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival. He comes from Bodø, but lives in Oslo today. He was educated in Trondheim, New York and Salzburg, where he had the legendary Sandor Vegh as a teacher.
He has all his life had a special interest in chamber music, and was for 10 years primarius for the Orlando Quartet in Holland.
During the festival’s first edition in 2004, he met musicians that he immediately established in a new quartet, the Engegård Quartet. This ensemble today enjoys international recognition and is in great demand throughout the Nordic region.
Since its establishment, the quartet has been the closest one can call a “house quartet” to the festival, and is always central to the program. Through the establishment of the Oslo Quartet Series, the Engegård Quartet has contributed to the string quartet as an ensemble gaining a fresh lease of life.
Today, Engegård is also a widely used conductor, where he often gets assignments within the Viennese classical repertoire, a repertoire he masters better than anyone else in Norway.