Norwegian composer and curator, important figure in Norway’s musical life as artistic director of contemporary music festivals: Ultima in Oslo, The Nordic Music Days, and Happy Days Sound Festival. Currently he is head of development at the Oslo Philharmonic and chairs the Norwegian Arts Council.
His works have been performed at festivals including Donaueschinger Musiktage, Maerzmusik, Gaudeamus Music Week, Huddersfield, and Ultima. His commissions include pieces for SWR Symphony orchestra, Ensemble Modern, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a regular lecturer at the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt.
Selected works: Nudes 1.1 for mezzo-soprano (1996), Diksjon 9 for soprano and guitar (1996), Nudes 2.0, electronic work (1997), Nudes 3.1b for oboe, guitar, celesta, piano and two percussion (1997), Langsam for flute, viola and percussion (1999), Lumières, éspace et vertes for saxophone, accordion and contrabass (2000), Voices to Voices, Lip to Lip for chamber ensemble (2000), In memory of: (Subjects) for violin and guitar (2001), Concept of Sorrow and Dangers for saxophone and ensemble (2001), Passage – Silence and Light Triptych for chamber ensemble (2002), Six Portraits for six singers and video (2002), Lullaby for the Last Ninja for recorder quartet, CD player and percussion (2003), Requiem for Ante for recorder quartet, CD player and percussion (2003), Norwegian Archives for chamber orchestra and electronics (2005), Syv studies i sevpålagt tristesse for electronics (2005), Nr. 610 for sinfonietta and electronics (2006), Tveitt Fragments for strings (2006), Funeral March over Edvard Grieg for small orchestra (2007), Hymn for double bass (2007), Lyric Structure for chamber orchestra and electronics (2008), Johannesburg Hymns for ensemble (2009), The Artist’s Despair Before the Grandeur of Ancient Ruins for symphony orchestra (2010), The Neue Vocalsolisten Notebook for Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart (2011), To Zeitblom for Hardanger fiddle and orchestra (2012), Diabelli Cadenza for piano (2015), Harmonium Repertoire for ensemble (2016), 3 Transfigurationsfor string quartet (2017), Lament for choir, percussion and electronics (2017), Strauss Fragments for orchestra (2020), Gestern for orchestra (2021), stage music and electronics.