Kåre Nordstoga is educated at the Norwegian Academy of Music, with teachers such as Søren Gangfløt, Bjørn Boysen and Kaare Ørnung. After his debut concert in 1978, he continued his studies with David Sanger in London, and was the organist at Ullern church before he was hired at Oslo Cathedral in 1984.
From 1981 to 1994, he was connected with the Norwegian Academy of Music, the final year as a professor. As the Cathedral organist in Oslo Cathedral, Nordstoga performs regularly with a great organ repertoire. He has performed popular concert series of Bach’s collective works, amongst others, twice. He has also recorded several CDs with organ music from Bach, Brahms, Franck, Widor and Liszt, one recording of all of Bach’s violin sonatas alongside Geir Inge Lotsberg, on the Cathedral’s choir organ, as well as several recordings of Norwegian organ music. Nordstoga has been nominated twice for Spellemannprisen (the Norwegian Grammy’s), and he is currently finishing his recording of Bach’s collected organ works on historical organs across Europe. One of his recordings, from the Cathedral in Caen, was recently named the best recording of Widor’s Symphony No. 5, by BBC Radio 3. Last year he opened Stavanger Chamber Music Festival with Poulenc’s organ concert, and he was a soloist in Guilmant’s Organ concert with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. Last fall, he was the organist for Teater Ibsen, at a church staging of Ibsen’s Brand, where he performed his own works. Nordstoga received the Lindeman award for 2006, and Oslo city’s own artist award for 2015.