Guttorm Guttormsen

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Guttorm Guttormsen
Guttormsen in a break during production of Peer Gynt with Mo Hornmusikk,
October 2007
Background information
Born (1950-06-28) 28 June 1950 (age 68)
Mo i Rana, Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Composer, conductor, musician
Instruments Flute, saxophone
Years active 1971-present

Guttorm Guttormsen (born 28 June 1950 in Mo i Rana, Norway) is a Norwegian Jazz musician (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone), arranger and composer.[1]


After moving to Oslo (1969), he debuted with «Ivar Antonsen|Ivar Antonsen Band» at «Festspillene i Nord-Norge» (1971). Located at Skien, where he led a big band, and led his own quintet with among others Bjørn Kjellemyr with a series of recordings. He attended Kongsberg Jazzfestival several times, also with his own quartet (1975, 1979), and «Guttorm Guttormsen/Per Kristian Ekholt Big Band» (1976). He led his own Quintet, including with Lars Klevstrand, Jon Balke, Carl Morten Iversen, Espen Rud, releasing the album Høysang (1978).

Musical Director of «Teater Ibsen» and within Jon Eberson Quartet, Per Husby dedication orchestra (1984–1988) and contributed on albums by «Trio de Janeiro», and the release Distant Reports (2001) by «Nordnorsk Jazzforum».

He is best known for his compositions for theater, including a variety of performances[2] at Nationaltheatret, «Det Norske Teater» and «Teater Ibsen» where he is music director.

He was also the director of "Ibsens Gåte" in 1997 which was a musical interpretation of Ibsen.

Guttormsen has composed music for a number of Norwegian artists like Anne Grimstad Fjeld, Agnes Buen Garnås, Knut Buen, Lars Vik (Fritjof Fomlesen), Kine Hellebust to mention some. He has been a studio musician for a number of Norwegian music productions and artists like Lars Klevstrand.

He lives in Langesund since 1993.


  • Buddyprisen 1979
  • «Rana kommunes kulturpris» 1987
  • «Telemark fylkes kulturpris» 1989
  • «Hydroprisen» 1990
  • «Skien bys medal» 1991
  • «Bamble kommunes kulturpris» 2001
  • «GS Bankens tiltakspris» 2001


  • «Bamble kommunes restaureringspris » 2004[3] with his wife Elisabeth Guttormsen


Solo albums[edit]

As band leader[edit]

Collaborative works[edit]

  • Høysang, Guttorm Guttormsen and Lars Klevstrand, 1977
  • Riv ned gjerdene),Guttorm Guttormsen and Lars Klevstrand,1976




According to aintervju på Riksteaterets sider Guttormsen has composed music for more than 200 plays.






Jazz ved Havet, 2006


  1. ^ "Guttormsen, Guttorm Biography" (in Norwegian). Norsk Musikkinformasjon 2009-01-31. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  2. ^ Forestillingsliste for Guttorm Guttormsen Nationaltheaterets Forestillingsdatabase
  3. ^ Guttormsen fikk prisen, Avisa Telemarksavisas artikkel 14. juni 2004

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Kristian Bergheim
Recipient of the Buddyprisen
Succeeded by
Bjarne Nerem