Håkon Matti Skrede

Håkon Matti Skrede trained as a violinist and singer at Griegakademiet in Bergen, Norway. As a singer, he has appeared as a soloist in numerous sacred works and taken part in several operatic productions. As a chorister and student choirmaster of the Drakensberg Boys Choir in South Africa, he decided to develop his skills as a choral conductor. He founded the Edvard Grieg Kor in 2002, the Edvard Grieg Boys’ Choir in 2008, the Edvard Grieg Girls’ Choir in 2010, and the Edvard Grieg Youth Choir in 2013. He is currently chorus master for Bergen National Opera and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and conductor of Collegium Musicum.

Håkon Matti Skrede has conducted a number of operas with children and young performers, as well as many large-scale sacred works for chorus and orchestra. In 2017 he received a Grammy nomination for Best Choral Performance for the recording of Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass, with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and choirs. The same year Bergen Council awarded him its cultural prize, and in 2018 he received the “Alle kan synge” prize for his work with children.