The chamber choir Ensemble 96 is among the elite of Norwegian vocal ensembles. As part of its artistic profile, Ensemble 96 has always emphasised working with contemporary composers, and the ensemble is partly funded by grants for semi-professional choirs from Arts Council Norway. Their concerts and recordings have attracted the attention of national and international music critics. The group have released two solo albums on the 2L label: Immortal Nystedt – which was nominated for two Grammy awards – and Liknarbraut, as well as Det lyser i stille grender for Naxos.
From its founding in 1996 and for the next 10 years, Øystein Fevang was conductor of the chamber choir Ensemble 96. With CD releases, numerous premiere performances, and emphasis on contemporary music, the choir soon became amongst Norway’s most respected ensembles.
For the CD Immortal Nystedt, Fevang was nominated for the Grammy Awards in the category “Best choral performance”. This record was also nominated for “Best surround sound album”. In 2006 Fevang became chorus master for the Oslo Philharmonic Choir, which has, by critical consensus, made remarkable progress in recent years.