Helge Sunde

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Helge Sunde
Helge Sunde at Reykjavik Jazz Festival, 2015
Helge Sunde at Reykjavik Jazz Festival, 2015
Background information
Born (1965-06-09) 9 June 1965 (age 57)
Stryn, Sogn og Fjordane
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Instrument(s)Trombone, multi instrumentalist

Helge Sunde (born 9 June 1965 in Stryn, Norway) is a Norwegian composer and musician (trombone and multi-instrumentalist),[1] known for his compositions in contemporary music and jazz for large ensembles and for his works as music arranger for symphony orchestras in collaboration with artists.


Sunde has a diploma in composition from the Norwegian Academy of Music (1995) in Oslo, where he studied under guidance of Olav Anton Thommessen, Bjørn Kruse, Lasse Thoresen and Alfred Janson. His diploma work Festina lente is available on the album Absolute Pling-Plong: Eight ways of making music, performed by the BIT20 Ensemble.[2] During his studies he was awarded "Work of the Year" by NOPA (now Edvardprisen), together with Anneli Drecker and Nils Johansen from the band Bel Canto, for the work "Tierre Obletz" (1993).[3] Sunde was awarded the Spellemannprisen 1990 within the band Oslo Groove Company, and was also nominated within Sharp9 (2004), as well as within Norske Store Orkester (2006) as Sunde also is musical director for (2005–).

His compositions has been written for and performed by ensembles like Kringkastingsorkesteret, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester, Oslo Sinfonietta He has also contributed to the show "Barnas Supershow" on Norwegian television NRK. Sunde collaborates in the Ophelia Orchestra and has contributed to releases by Ole Paus (Biggle's testamente, 1992), Motorpsycho (Let'em eat cake, 2000) and Trygve Seim (Sangam, 2004).[4]


  • 1990: Spellemannprisen in the class "Jazz" for the album Anno 1990, within the band Oslo Groove Company
  • 1993: NOPA's award (now Edvardprisen) in the class "Work of the Year" for the work "Tierre Obletz", together with the Bel Canto musicians Anneli Drecker and Nils Johansen
  • 2010 Echo Jazz Award (German Grammy) for The album Finding Nymo
  • 2011 Spellemansprisen i folkemusikk for "Never on a Sunday" with Ragnhild Furebotn as producer, arranger and musician.
  • 2013: Edvardprisen in the "Open class" for the album Windfall


With Kringkastingsorkesteret
  • 2006: Rotations (Aurora)[5]
With Ensemble Denada
  • 2007: Denada (ACT).[6]
  • 2009: Finding Nymo (ACT).[7]
  • 2013: Windfall (Ocella)

With Eberhard Weber


  1. ^ "Helge Havsgård Sunde Biography". Norsk Musikkinformasjon. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Absolute Pling-plong". Musikkonline.no. Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  3. ^ "NOPA.no om prisutdelinger". Edvardprisen. 30 April 2004. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 2013-09-22.
  4. ^ "Helge Sunde Discography". Groove.no. 30 April 2004. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  5. ^ "REDLIGHTmusic: Båndet går". Norsk Musikkinformasjon. 30 April 2004. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Helge Sunde Denada". ACT Music. 30 April 2004. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Helge Sunde Finding Nymo". ACT Musiv. 30 April 2004. Retrieved 22 September 2013.

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Preceded by Recipient of the open class Edvardprisen
Succeeded by