Nidarosdomens Jentekor was founded in 1992 and is based at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway. The choir consists of the Girls’ Group (ages 10-13) and the Youth Group (ages 14-19), with about 85 singers under the
leadership of conductor and artistic director Anita Brevik. The choir has come to be recognized as one of the finest youth choral ensembles in Norway and is noted for its sublime artistry and innovative programming.
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The choir is characterized by its high artistic standards as well as its considerable musical versatility, and has commissioned and premiered many works. Nidaros Cathedral Girls’ Choir has always maintained the highest artistic ambitions with a particular commitment to commissioning new music for upper voices.
The choir collaborates regularly with professional musicians and artists, and enjoys a close relationship with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and TrondheimSolistene. The choir has collaborated with internationally renowned conductors and composers including Andrew Parrott, Bob Chilcott, Anne Dudley, Stephen Layton, Edward Higginbottom, Grete Pedersen and Anton Armstrong.
In 2002 they sang at the wedding of HRH Princess Märtha Louise and Ari Behn and have performed for the King and Queen of Norway on several occasions. The choir has twice appeared in Christmas productions for American television in collaboration with St. Olaf Choir, USA. The 2013 production “Christmas in Norway”received two Emmy Awards.
In 2011 the choir held two concerts at the World Symposium on Choral Music at Puerto
Madryn, Argentina, as one of 20 leading ensembles selected from all around the world. The choir performs regularly outside Trondheim, both in Norway and abroad. In 2010 the choir received the Trondheim kommunes kulturpris, an award for their contribution to the cultural life of the city, and in January 2018 they were recipients of the Liv Ullmann Award. Their album MAGNIFICAT was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Album. Their last album LUX won the Grammy Award in the same category. In 2022 the choir released their new album TUVAYHUN.
Anita Brevik is artistic director and conductor of Nidaros Cathedral Girls’ Choir and has been involved in the choir’s work since the start in 1992. Her careful and systematic training with the girls’ voices has yielded outstanding results, and the choir’s warm and homogenous sound has become its trademark. Anita believes that the choir should provide a basis for both musical and personal growth; during a crucial period of their lives, the girls learn order, discipline, patience and the importance of being well prepared. And that each voice, each individual personality, is a unique part of the whole that constitutes the choir. In 2018 Anita Brevik received the King’s Medal of Merit for her work with Nidaros Cathedral Girls’ Choir.
Maria Næss holds her piano degree from the Music Conservatory in Trondheim, Norway, and has extensive experience as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. Maria works as a pianist and accompanist for the Nidaros Cathedral Girls’ Choir. She also teaches at the music department at Heimdal High School, and plays in the tango band Quinteto Nidaros.