The Risør Chamber Music Festival was established in 1991 with the following mission statement:
"The Risør Chamber Music Festival is a non-profit foundation, the purpose of which is to arrange an annual chamber music festival at which both important classical music and more contemporary repertoires will be presented. Efforts will be made to find musicians - both Norwegian and foreign - of recognised high artistic standard or with proven, indisputable talent. The Chamber Music
Festival will be a national and international forum for chamber music and will also stimulate musical and cultural life in Risør and the region."
Henning Kraggerud and Lars Anders Tomter are the Artistic Directors of the festival. They are widely recognised in Norway and abroad for the quality and variety of their programmes. Thanks to their networks and international careers, they have brought top international artists to Risør throughout the history of the festival. The festival programme covers a broad range of music from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The Artistic Directors play a leading role in the festival and also focus on including Norwegian and contemporary music.
The musicians stay in Risør throughout the festival week. This creates a special atmosphere, not only among the musicians but also between the musicians and their audiences. It also enables works for different types of ensembles to be heard at the same concert.
Augestad will perfom:
- Mad Songs by Purcell & Eccles with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
- Weill & Dowland with Stian Carstensen
- "Pierrot Lunaire" by Schönberg with a star ensemble
- "Night of the four Moons" by George Crumb
- Songs by Berg, Schumann & Schubert with Christian Eggen