Born 22 June 1961, Oslo, Norway
Asbjørn Schaathun was educated at the Norwegian Academy of Music and
the Royal College of Music in London. Further studies led him to IRCAM,
the Institute for musical/acoustical research and coordination in Paris.
His stay at IRCAM culminated, in 1992, in the commission 'Double
Portrait' for violin, ensemble and electronics.
Schaathun has been a pioneer in computer-aided composition in his
native country of Norway. Besides his work as a composer, he has also
written several articles on other composers and their music.
Furthermore, he is the founder of the Norwegian Academy of Music's
Contemporary Ensemble and its professional successor the Oslo
Asbjørn Schaathun has received several prizes for his work. Among
others, he received the the Gaudeamus Foundation's Louis Vuitton Prize
for the bass-clarinet concerto, 'Actions, Interpolations and Analyses'
in 1991. In 1992 he was awarded the Norwegian assosiation of Critic's
Prize and the same year he also received Bang & Olufsen's Music
Prize. In 2008 he was awarded the Lindeman Prize, Norway's largest music
prize, for "his tremendous work within Norwegian music."
Schaathun has also been heavily involved in music politics in Norway
and Scandinavia. Apart from numerous smaller positions, he held the
chair of the Norwegian Composer’s Society in the period 2006-12 as well
as the chair of The Nordic Composer’s Council from 2010-12.
From 2013 he is professor in composition at the Norwegian State Academy of Music.