Oslo Philharmonic Names New Managing Director

By Francisco Salazar

The Oslo Philharmonic has named Knut Skansen as the new Managing Director.

Skansen was previously the director of the Deichman Library in Oslo and will begin in his new position on Jan. 1, 2024. He will succeed Ingrid Røynesdal, who started in her new role as director of the National Museum on Oct. 1. Head of Organization at the Oslo Philharmonic, Camilla Klaven, is Acting Managing Director until Skansen takes over.

The new Managing director has a degree in literature from the University of Oslo and has spent the last 14 years working with the development of the Deichman Library in the Oslo municipality and the previous five years as director.

Following the news of his new position Skansen said, “The combination of the orchestra’s unique position, the ambitions in realizing a new concert hall, and with it the opportunity for organizational development and development of the orchestra’s role in society constitutes a rare momentum where a lot can be achieved. I am very much looking forward to starting this work.”

Oslo Philharmonic’s chairman, Kristin Skogen Lund added, “Knut Skansen is a strategic, wise and empathic leader who thinks visionary about the institutions he leads. What he has achieved with Deichman, Norway’s largest cultural institution, shows his ability to carry out significant change and create something new. His experience with making the physical and organizational frameworks for a new culture house will be ultimately decisive in succeeding with a new concert hall.”