Famous Norwegian Composers

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Edvard Grieg
(One of the Main Composers of the Romantic Era)
Edvard Grieg
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Birthdate: June 15, 1843
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bergen, Norway
Died: September 4, 1907
Regarded as Norway’s Shakespeare, musical legend Edvard Grieg learned the piano from his mother. The Scottish claim he was their own, as Grieg’s Scottish grandfather had migrated to Norway. Grieg was known for his compositions such as the Piano Concerto and for infusing Norwegian folk elements into his music.
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Thomas Bergersen
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Birthdate: July 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Trondheim, Norway

Thomas Bergersen is a Norwegian composer and multi-instrumentalist best known as the co-founder of an American production music company called Two Steps From Hell. A self-taught composer, Bergersen's compositions have featured in several motion picture campaigns including Pirates of the Caribbean, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Twilight Saga, Harry Potter, and Avatar

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Per Fredrik Åsly
(Singer-songwriter)
Per Fredrik Åsly
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Birthdate: December 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sandefjord, Vestfold, Norway

Norwegian singer Per Fredrik Åsly, better known by his stage name, PelleK, has been associated with groups such as Damnation Angels and Qantice. He also has his own band, PelleK. He is extremely popular on YouTube, too, and has appeared in the film Creators: The Past and the popular series Vikings.

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Ola Gjeilo
(Composer)
Ola Gjeilo
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Birthdate: May 5, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Skui, Norway

Norwegian-born American composer Ola Gjeilo was educated at the prestigious Juilliard School and the Royal College of Music. Starting his piano training at age 5, he later soared to fame with his piano albums such as Night and Ola Gjeilo. The Decca Classics artist is now associated with Albany Pro Musica and DCINY.

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Ole Bull
(Norwegian Virtuoso Violinist and Composer)
Ole Bull
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Birthdate: February 5, 1810
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bergen, Norway
Died: August 17, 1880

Legendary Norwegian violinist Ole Bull had started training in the violin at age 5. He had his own style of playing multiple tones at once. He later developed a colony of his own in Pennsylvania and named it New Norway, also known as the Ole Bull Colony.

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Johan Halvorsen
(Composer)
Johan Halvorsen
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Birthdate: March 15, 1864
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Drammen, Norway
Died: December 4, 1935

Legendary Norwegian violinist, composer, and conductor Johan Halvorsen had been a music professor, initially. He was also associated with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and later served as the director of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. He had also conducted operas, while Bojarenes Inntogsmarsj and Bergensiana remain two of his best orchestral works.

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Terje Rypdal
(Guitarist, Composer)
Terje Rypdal
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Birthdate: August 23, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

Award-winning Norwegian jazz musician, guitarist, and composer Terje Rypdal had already learned the piano, the guitar, and the trumpet by age 12. Named the tone poet of the Fender Stratocaster, he launched the psychedelic rock band Dream. His album Odyssey was a hallmark of jazz-rock fusion.

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Georg Kajanus
(Composer)
Georg Kajanus
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Birthdate: February 9, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Trondheim

Best known for writing tracks such as Girls Girls Girls and A Glass of Champagne as part of the British band Sailor, Norwegian composer and musician Georg Kajanus is a descendant of Finnish composer Robert Kajanus. He has previously been part of the folk-rock band Eclection.

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Arne Nordheim
(Norwegian Composer)
Arne Nordheim
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Birthdate: June 20, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Larvik, Norway
Died: June 5, 2010

A legendary figure of Norwegian music, Arne Nordheim was one of the first composers from his country to step into post-war modernism. He composed for the opening ceremony of the 1994 Winter Olympic Games and was also awarded with the Nordic Council Music Prize, among other awards.

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Rikard Nordraak
(Norwegian Composer, Who Has Composed the Norwegian National Anthem)
Rikard Nordraak
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Birthdate: June 12, 1842
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Died: March 20, 1866

Legendary Norwegian composer Rikard Nordraak was a child when he began composing music. Best known for composing his country’s national anthem, Ja, vi elsker dette landet, he was also part of the New Norwegian Society and the nationalistic art movement in Norway. Folk music inspired many of his compositions.

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Marcus Paus
(Composer)
Marcus Paus
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Birthdate: October 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

Marcus Paus is one of the most performed composers from Scandinavia. The son of legendary singer Ole Paus and pop star Anne-Karine Strøm, he was destined to make a career in music. Known for his chamber music, concertos, operas, and orchestral works, he has also composed for film, TV, and theater.