It is clear that classical chamber music in Norway enjoys special popularity. Ensembles consisting of several musicians, working on permanent basis in philharmonic orchestras and theatres, provide cultural services to inhabitants of those regions, where there is no developed artistic infrastructure. Chamber music has its own tradition in Poland as well. One can see this especially clearly in Łódź, where The Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music has its seat. Nonetheless, Norwegian and Polish musicians have different experience, despite the fact that both artistic milieus have major achievements. On the basis of these observations a group of chamber artists from Norway and Poland decided to build a cooperation project, which would open up the way to share experience.
The main aim of the project is to build a new, strong and permanent partnership between chamber musicians from Norway (especially those from Telemark Chamber Orchestra) and artists liaised with The Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź. The applicant and partner plan to fulfill the project during which musicians from Poland and Norway will play concerts and conduct courses and discussion sessions in partner country. As the author of the project and partner from Norway are willing to establish permanent partnership, the most important aspect of the project is the exchange of experience and contacts. The authors of application intend to expand the newly established cooperation by way of transforming it into
a forum, where artists from Poland and Norway (and other countries as well) will share experience and popularize diverse chamber music. An important element of the scheduled project is an international conference concerning chamber music its perspectives and challenges. The activities scheduled in the project will take place both in Poland (Łódź) and in Norway (Telemark / Oslo) in the time between 2014 and 2016. The partner of the applicant is the Telemark Chamber Orchestra, one of the finest chamber ensembles, led by Lars-Erik ter Jung.