"This is how music should be performed and experienced today."
- Clemens Hagen

1B1 is a progressive string ensemble founded in 2008. It unites musicians teaching at the University of Stavanger, their most accomplished students, and members of the distinguished Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. 1B1's founder and artistic leader is violinist Jan Bjøranger. In its short existence, the ensemble has already collaborated with such outstanding performers and composers as Arvo Pärt, Clemens Hagen, Benjamin Schmid, Steve Reich, Tonu Kaljuste and Lars Anders Tomter. 1B1 received a Norwegian Grammy for the «Holberg Variations» album, and was chosen as the first recipient of a major grant from Talent Norge AS (Talent Norway). In November, 1B1 makes its debut at the National Sawdust venue in New York. The residency includes concerts, recording sessions and a reception attended by the Norwegian Minister of Culture, Thorhild Widvey. Read more about this in the News section.




1B1 Academy
1B1 offers a variety of high quality artistic projects, ranging from innovative interpretations of classical masterpieces to multi-genre performances, and programs for children. Here you will find an overview of our currently available projects.

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One of the pillars of 1B1 is the ensemble’s activities within education and talent development. 1B1 is a unique driving force in the education of young string musicians in the southwestern region of Norway.
1B1 has received a lot of praise from key figures of the music field. We have gathered some of their testimonials here.



  • Holberg Variations The Holberg Suite occupies a unique position in Grieg's output and an unusual place in Norwegian music history. Holberg Variations are three very different approaches ...
  • Bach and Telemann concertos for viola and bassoon Martin Kuuskmann, bassoon Lars Anders Tomter, viola 1B1 Chamber Orchestra • Jan Bjøranger, leader   Kuuskmann, Tomter and 1B1 bring you Bach you've never heard ...

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