Håkon Matti Skrede trained as a violinist and singer at The Grieg Academy in Bergen. 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 has participated in master-classes by Peter Schreier, Paul Hillier, Kiri Te Kanawa, Bob Chilcott, Njål Sparbo, and Robert Levine, appeared as a soloist in numerous sacred works, and taken part in several operatic productions. He founded the Edvard Grieg Kor (formerly KorVest) in 2002, Bergen Guttekor in 2008, Bergen Pikekor in 2010, and Edvard Grieg Ungdomskor in 2013. He is currently chorus master for Bergen Nasjonale Opera and Bergen Philharmonic Choir and conductor of Collegiûm Mûsicûm. Håkon Matti Skrede has conducted a number of operas with children and youths, such as Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, Weill’s Der Jasager, and Bock and Harnick’s Fiddler on the Roof, as well as many large-scale sacred works for chorus and orchestra, including Handel’s Messiah, the Requiems of Mozart, Duruflé, Fauré, and Brahms, and Britten’s The Company of Heaven.