Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Photo © Tine Harden
Born 22 June 1961, Oslo, Norway
Asbjørn Schaathun is the youngest of the generation of composers which includes Rolf Wallin, Cecilia Ore and Åse Hedstrøm who injected new energy into Norwegian musical life with a move away from a modernism that alienated audiences towards one that forged connections between musicians, composers and the community. To this end he founded the Oslo Sinfonietta in 1986 to promote the performance and understanding of new music. He studied at the Norwegian Conservatory of Music, London’s Royal College of Music and IRCAM in Paris, with whom he has a continuing collaboration. Characteristic of his redefined modernism are highly organised structures and the use of computer technology.