Egil Monn-Iversen

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Egil Monn-Iversen
Birth name Egil Ragnar Monn-Iversen
Born (1928-04-14) 14 April 1928 (age 86)
Origin Oslo, Norway
Genres Pop, Musical, Film score
Occupations Pianist, Composer, Conductor, Producer
Instruments Piano
Years active 1940s–2003
Associated acts The Monn Keys, Egil Monn-Iversens Orkester

Egil Monn-Iversen (born 14 April 1928) is one of the most influential modern composers in Norway. He has had many important roles in Norwegian music, film, opera, television, comedy and theater. For some time he had so much influence in Norwegian culture that he got the nickname The Godfather, even though he has always considered himself a down-to-earth musician.

Egil Monn-Iversen owned a film production company, a record label, and an agency for musical artists, he was the founder of the vocal group The Monn Keys, he was the CEO at the Chat Noir theatre, chairman at The Norwegian Opera and has since the 1960s worked in NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation) and Det norske teatret (The Norwegian Theatre). He has written scores to over 100 Norwegian movies and TV series.

Egil Monn-Iversen was married to the Norwegian actor and singer Sølvi Wang until her death in 2011.

Ownership and positions[edit]

Egil Monn-Iversen established and owned the Norwegian movie studio "EMI Produksjon AS". The studio produced more than 20 Norwegian feature movies, such as: Norske byggeklosser, Den siste Fleksnes, Bør Børson Jr. og Ungen.

He founded the vocal group The Monn Keys, and in cooperation with the groups members he established the company Egil Monn-Iversen A/S. This company focused mainly on being a music record company, publishing records on several different labels. In 1957 the company reached 23% marked share in the Norwegian music industry. In addition "Egil Monn-Iversen A/S" had activity in business areas such as music publishing, running jukeboxes around the country - and as a producer of concerts, movies and stage productions.

In 1983 Egil Monn-Iversen founded Thalia Teater A/S, a company producing musicals, revues and farces in Scandinavia.

Selection of Monn-Iversen's other positions in Scandinavian culture and entertainment:


  • 2002 Axel Waldemars Minnepris (Award in Memory of Axel Waldemar)
  • 1999 The Jury's Award of Honor from Edvard-prisen
  • 1998 Æres-Amanda (Honorary award from The Norwegian Movie Award)
  • 1998 Knight of First Class of Order of St. Olav
  • 1990 Gammleng-prisen in the category veteran
  • 1973 The Jury's Honorary Award at Spellemannprisen 1972 for the musical Bør Børson Jr.
  • 1972 Hulda Garborgs minnepris
  • 1967 Aamodtstauetten
  • 1961 Norsk filmkritikerlags (Norwegian movie critic association) award for the music to the feature film "Line"

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Preceded by
Sweden Curt-Eric Holmquist
Eurovision Song Contest conductor
Succeeded by
Belgium Jo Carlier