Johannes Martens

Cello and head program council

Read what concerts Johannes Martens recommends in the upcoming season. 

The role of the symphony orchestra in our time is a musical parallel to the largest art museums we find in all capital cities in our part of the world. We manage the historical music from our cultural circle, and the shared memory and experience that this music carries.

Like a national museum, we also have, figuratively speaking, a space for our national cultural heritage, and not least an exciting space for our own contemporary times. In light of this, here are four concerts I'm looking forward to.


Hear our new, wonderful concertmaster Sarah Christian shine in Vivaldi's four seasons! I am so proud that someone of her caliber will be working with us.

  • Antonio Vivaldi  The Four Seasons
  • Sarah Christian -  Violin

Sarah Christian Antonio Vivaldi

Oslo Concert Hall

I am also looking forward to the concerts in week 3, when Klaus Mäkelä is conducting Shostakovich's symphonies nos 1 and 15. There concerts are also recorded on Decca, so if you like them you can relive them when the release is ready. 

  • Dmitri Shostakovich  Symphony No. 1
  • Dmitri Shostakovich  Symphony No. 15
  • Klaus Mäkelä -  Conductor

I can't wait to get to know Hjalmar Borgstrøm's Violin Concerto from 1914. With Eldbjørg Hemsing as soloist, it is in safe hands.

  • Hjalmar Borgstrøm  Violin Concerto
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky  Symphony No. 1
  • Dmitry Matvienko -  Conductor
  • Eldbjørg Hemsing -  Violin

This season we play a lot of varied music by composers from our time. Look out for the composers Einojuhani Rautavaara, Kaija Saariaho, Andrew Norman, Marcus Paus, Noriko Koide, Thomas Adès, Julia Wolfe, Matthias Pintscher, Caroline Shaw and not least at this concert: Kristine Tjøgersen!

  • Kristine Tjøgersen  Between Trees
  • Sergei Prokofiev  Violin Concerto No. 1
  • Camille Saint-Saëns  Symphony No. 3 «Organ Symphony»
  • Marie Jacquot -  Conductor
  • Veronika Eberle -  Violin

Marie Jacquot
Veronika Eberle
Kristine Tjøgersen
Sergei Prokofiev
Camille Saint-Saëns

Oslo Concert Hall