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CEO Ingrid Røynesdal to Step Down from Oslo Philharmonic

Røynesdal has accepted a position as Director of Norway's new National Museum


After ten years at the helm, Ingrid Røynesdal has made the decision to step down as the CEO of Norway's Oslo Philharmonic. The decision came after she was offered a job running the city's new National Museum.

During Røynesdal's time in the position, the Oslo Philharmonic has won several Spellemann Prizes — which are the Norwegian equivalent of GRAMMY awards — and also received the City of Oslo's Cultural Prize.

The orchestra has also conducted many international tours, for which it has received high levels of praise.

After studying political science and classical piano, Ingrid Røynesdal was the director of the KODE composers' museum in Bergen, which is partially comprised of the homes of Edvard Grieg, Ole Bull, and Harald Sæverud. She has also sat on the board of Aschehoug publishing house, Talent Norway, VGTV, and the employers' association Spekter.

"The Oslo Philharmonic is a workplace you become very fond of, so it is undoubtedly sad to leave it," Røynesdal said. "We have one of the most sought-after chief conductors in the world, a fantastic international position, brilliant tours ahead of us and strong audience support at home. In other words, the organization is well equipped for the future and, after ten years as leader, it is natural to pass on the baton."

"Ingrid has made an absolutely formidable contribution as leader of the Oslo Philharmonic over many years, which the results clearly show," said Kristin Skogen Lund, the chairwoman of the board. "She will be deeply missed, but we wish her all the best in the future. It is gratifying that another cultural institution can now benefit from her unique leadership qualities."

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