February 2020 and the waiting is over. A group of classical musicians from Norway is at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, sharing the red carpet with the greatest names in musical entertainment.
They’re not from a powerhouse orchestra in Oslo or Bergen, but from a picturesque town hemmed in by mountains and a fjord. They are Trondheimsolistene who, together with their long-term recording partner 2L, have received more Grammy nominations than any other Norwegian ensemble. They fittingly made history twice that night: the first and well-deserved win for a Norwegian recording company and the first win for a Norwegian orchestra.
It is the culmination of a close, sustained and fruitful relationship of over a decade for 2L and Trondheimsolistene.
Starting with Artistic Director Øyvind Gimse in 2006, the partnership has contributed to push recording boundaries both musically and technically for over a decade. By expanding the sound possibilities through new technology and the placing of musicians in innovative formations, the listener is transported directly into the centre of the orchestra. Their 6 solo releases together with their 2 collaboration projects have yielded one GRAMMY Award, 12 GRAMMY nominations, 3 Norwegian “Spellemannpris” and numerous international awards.
Lux, with Trondheimsolistene and the Nidaros Cathedral Girls’ Choir, won the Grammy Award in 2020 for Best Immersive Audio Album to producer Morten Lindberg and 2L. You can read more about this groundbreaking recording here:
The Trondheim Soloists recordings for 2L are recorded in some of Norway’s most iconic venues. From 12th century churches close to beautiful lakes and mountain ranges, to Trondheim’s Nidaros Cathedral, an important spiritual center for more than 1000 years. It is these perfect acoustics, proximity to nature and direct connections to history that can be heard on the recordings.