Members of the former Philharmonic Chamber Choir of Oslo founded the Norwegian Chamber Choir Ensemble96 in 1996. Today this vocal group belongs to the elite among Norwegian choral ensembles.

The choir possesses a wide-ranging repertory with particular emphasis on contemporary music and has premiered a number of significant works. In 2001 Ensemble 96 was awarded a record NoK 300.000 grant by the Nordic Cultural Fund in order to sponsor a tour featuring new Nordic choral works in all Nordic capital cities. The choir is steadily on concert tours in Norway and abroad and has received raving reviews.

Ensemble 96 has participated in several national and international contests and won major prizes in them all. The choir has recorded CD’s with the Naxos and Universal Records labels and has worked with international star artists like Palle Mikkelborg, Helen Davies and Jai Shankar.

Øystein Fevang has been the choirs’ choirmaster since it’s beginnings in 1996. In 1995 he graduated with a master degree in choral conducting from the Norwegian State Academy of Music, at which he has been himself teaching since. He has also been studying singing with prof. Oren Brown, New York, and conducting with Alexei Malij, Moscow. He is widely known as a choir conductor as well as a baritone singer, and does a lot of courses and master-classes in Norway and abroad.

In addition to the chamber choir Ensemble 96 Øystein Fevang also is the conductor of another elite ensemble – the young female choir Bærum Vokalensemble.