Carl Høgset

Carl - B&WCarl Høgset 3.11.1941 – 2.6.2021

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our dear conductor Carl on June 2nd.

Carl led Grex Vocalis from the very start in 1971 until the choir’s magnificent final concert in 2019.

During Carl’s leadership he built up an ensemble with a unique sound and musical understanding.

He formed strong friendships and a close sense of community, leading the choir to experiences and adventures that have enriched all of our lives.

We, the members of the Grex family, will miss him deeply, yet we are proud and grateful to have had him as our musical mentor and close friend.

The conductor Carl Høgset holds degrees in languages and musicology from the University of Oslo, as well as in voice and choral conducting from the Norwegian State Academy of Music. He founded Grex Vocalis – (The Singing Flock) – in 1971.

In addition to all prizes won with Grex Vocalis Carl Høgset has also won 1st prizes in international contests with the Norwegian Youth Choir: Arezzo, Spittal, and Cantonigros. This choir won “Il Gran Premio Città di Arezzo” in 2002.
Mr. Høgset made his debut as a countertenor in a solo recital in Oslo in 1977. His solo-CD recording with songs by Purcell, Handel, Grieg and Nordheim was released in 1995. He is a member of the vocal quartet Quattro Stagioni.

Carl Høgset teaches choir conducting and singing technique both home and abroad, and he is often invited as a jury member in national and international choir contests.
He is Knight of the St. Olav Order, appointed in 2007 by the King of Norway for his achievements in the choral field both home and abroad.

Since 1992 he has been involved in voice research with professor Johan Sundberg of the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Carl Høgset has created the Singing Technique program presented in a booklet including exercises recorded on CD and video. This booklet has already been translated into English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.