In 1991, Risør chamber music festival was established with the following objective:
“Risør chamber music festival is a non-profit foundation whose purpose is to organize an annual chamber music festival, where central classical music as well as newer repertoire will be presented. Efforts must be made to find musicians – both Norwegian and foreign – who maintain a recognized high artistic level, or who have documented an indisputable talent. The chamber music festival will be a national and international forum for chamber music and will also stimulate music and cultural life in Risør and the region.”
Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit is the high patron of the festival.