Knut Nystedt

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Knut Nystedt
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Background information
Birth name Knut Nystedt
Born (1915-09-03) September 3, 1915 (age 99)
Oslo, Norway
Occupations Composer

Knut Nystedt (born 3 September 1915) is a Norwegian orchestral and choral composer.

Nystedt was born in Kristiania (now Oslo), Norway, and grew up in a Christian home where hymns and classical music were an important part of everyday life. His major compositions for choir and vocal soloists are mainly based on texts from the Bible or sacred themes. Old church music, especially Palestrina and Gregorian chants, have had a major influence on his compositions.

He studied with Aaron Copland among others. Nystedt was organist in Torshov kirke (Torshov Church) in Oslo from 1946 to 1982 and taught choir conducting at the University of Oslo from 1964 to 1985.

Nystedt founded and conducted Det Norske Solistkor from 1950 to 1990. He also founded and conducted Schola Cantorum from 1964 to 1985. The choir Ensemble 96 published «Immortal Nystedt» in 2005. This CD was nominated in two categories in the 2007 Grammy Awards. This was the first Norwegian CD nominated in two categories. It was also the first CD with a Norwegian composer nominated for a Grammy. On the occasion of his 90th birthday in 2005, there were several concerts around the world held in his honour.

In 1966, the King of Norway made Nystedt a Knight of the Order of St. Olav in recognition of his contributions to Norwegian music, and in 2002 the King of Norway made him Commander of St. Olav. He received the Spellemann Award in 1978 for his album Contemporary Music From Norway and received Norsk Kulturråds Musikkpris in 1980. «De Profundis» was the work of the year Norsk Komponistforening. Nystedt was awarded an honorary professorship ('Professor Honorario') by Mendoza University Argentina in 1991. In 2002 he received Årets Korpris from Norges Korforbund and Oslo bys Kunstnerpris (The Artists prize by the City of Oslo) (2005).

Most of his compositions (the score) are published by Norsk Musikforlag. His compositions also appear on several CDs in Norway and several other countries.

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