Kåre Nordstoga (b.1954) was appointed part-time assistant
organist at Oslo Cathedral in 1984. The position was later extended
to a full-time post and he is now the
Cathedral's principal organist, specialising in organ recitals.
Nordstoga grew up at Notodden. It was here he first learned to
play the organ, studying under Harald Aune and Odd Jacob Unhammer.
At the Norwegian State Academy of Music
his tutors included Kaare Ørnung, Søren Gangfløt,
Magne Elvestrand and Bjørn F. Boysen. Following his debut
at Oslo Cathedral in 1978, he studied with David
Sanger in London.
He has also been associated with the Norwegian Academy of Music, where he was appointed professor in 1994. In addition to his work as accompanist for the Cathedral choir,
his repertoire includes a wide range of organ works, the emphasis
being on such Classical masters as Bach, Mozart, Franck, Widor and
Messiaen. Between 1990 and 1992 he gave
a series of 30 Saturday recitals where large audiences heard him
perform all of Bach's organ works, a feat that he repeated within
the Bach-year 2000. His concert appearances have also brought
him to the majority of European countries.
His recordings include the organ music of Bach, Brahms, Franck, Widor, and Liszt, all of Bach’s violin sonatas recorded on the cathedral’s chancel organ in collaboration with violinist Geir Inge Lotsberg, as well as several recordings of Norwegian organ music.
Nordstoga is an active concert organist. In recent years he has been soloist with the symphony orchestras of Oslo, Bergen, and Trondheim, and he has been invited to organ festivals abroad, including Aarhus, Notre Dame in Paris, and Musashino Cultural Center in Tokyo.
In 2006 he was awarded the Lindeman Prize for his active contribution to musical life.