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composer - percussionist

bio: Bilde

Ever since my early teenage years I dreamt of playing in a large symphony orchestra. In 1991 I became principal percussionist in the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and this started my journey as a musician. The great classics - Beethoven, Shostakovich, Mahler - among other composers of great substance, are still just as amazing and important to me today in my current job as co-principal percussionist of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, where I have been for the last 25 years.
I enjoy playing chamber music, have performed as soloist with multiple orchestras and participated in a number of festivals. Every year I teach at summer courses with The Norwegian National Youth Orchestra.
As a teenager and later as a student at the Norwegian Academy of Music, I discovered contemporary music. Several composers made a huge impression on me, inspiring my own compositional creativity. My activities as a composer have flourished in recent years with new pieces of mine performed by great musicians and published by Norsk Musikkforlag and NB noter. 
I still get goosebumps almost every week at work. Being involved in music on a daily basis - playing, composing and listening – makes my life rich and colourful.

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October 23the


for solo euphonium 

world premiere by Bente Illevold

November 2023


 for solo clarinet and ensemble

      Concert at Dokkhuset/Trondheim 25/11and recording - with Lars Hilde, Trondheim Sinfonietta/cond. Rolf Gupta



for solo tenor recorder

recording with Caroline Eidsten Dahl

Shadow to Shadow III

new version for solo timpani and percussion trio ( concert and recording)

New album:  Passage(s) - release august 13the -21

RE-echoes - concert and tour in Norway  - october 2021

with Bente Illevold and Anders Kregnes Hansen 


Works (in progress) :

    - "Midrè-fragmenter" based on poems by Markus Midrè

       ,for soprano/bass/perc/audio files

    - new piece for Sisu percussion trio and winds

    - new piece for Caroline Eidsten Dahl

Release August 13th, -21


solo percussion and audio files

Transformations, and how different materials interact are the basic idea of this piece – like a journey in and out of soundscapes.

To expand the instrumentation, the performer's voice is used to give some extra timbre to the textures. Letters, mostly consonants are transformed into syllables, words and expressions, which resonates

with the various passages and moods in the piece.

Earth IIb  - reverberation-

percussion trio

This piece is inspired by a series of memories. The piece modulates between sections with strict rhythms, pulses and gestures, and dreamy abstract landscapes.

Shadow to Shadow

timpani, tuned gongs,bells, crotales and electronics

This piece is written for five timpani, and the idea was to create something melodic and poetic for solo timpani. To expand  the instrumentation I added some gongs, bells and electronic sounds.

 I have long been fascinated by the works of  writer Paul Auster, and his poems "Shadow to Shadow" became the starting point of writing this piece. 

Shadow to Shadow is written for my good friend Tom Vissgren - solo timpanist

in The Oslo philharmonic Orchestra

 with suppsort from

 Norwegian Society of Composers

Geir Strande Syrrist  

solo percussion / timpani


Simen Brenden/Geir Strande Syrrist/Håkon Drevland

Christian Obermayer

recording - edit/mix/master

Coverdesign : Trym Valebjørg

Painting : Bjørnulf Dyrud

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 solo clarinet and ensemble


 euphonium, percussion and audio files

Fragments from Cold

solo flute(s) and electronic sounds

Mirror of Air

solo alto flute

Triplex I

solo clarinet


solo double bass

5 Pieces

solo double bass


for solo percussion and audio files

Earth IIb -reverberation -

percussion trio

Shadow to Shadow

solo timpani/percussion and electronics

Shadow to Shadow II

solo timpani/percussion

Light Extracts

percussion quartett


percussion trio



scores available at : NB noter / Norsk Musikkforlag

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