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Henrik Hellstenius

Born: 1963

Nationality: Norwegian

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Photo © Eli Berge

Norwegian composer Henrik Hellstenius studied musicology at the University of Oslo and later composition with Lasse Thoresen at the Norwegian State Academy in Oslo. In 1992-3 he studied with Gérard Grisey at the Conservatoire Superieure in Paris, and he also studied computer-supported composition at IRCAM in Paris. Hellstenius´ output encompasses a large range of works: chamber music (Five Imprents of time, 1994) orchestral works (In Memoriam, 2012 and A Quiet Space, 2008/2015), opera (Ophelias: Death by Water Singing, 2005) electroacoustic music (The Law, 2014) and music for theatre, film and ballet. His music is frequently performed in concerts and festivals aorund Europe. Hellstenius´ music is lively and animated and the listener experiences an immediate sense of an underlying melodic, even lyrical, sensitivity, either directly or indirectly present. Hellstenius is also a professor in composition teaching at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo.
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