Ola Gjeilo

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Ola Gjeilo
Ola Gjeilo
Background information
Born (1978-05-05) May 5, 1978 (age 40)
Skui, Bærum, Norway
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) composer, pianist
Website olagjeilo.com

Ola Gjeilo (/ˈjl/ YAY-loh;[1] Norwegian pronunciation: [jæilu], born May 5, 1978) is a Norwegian composer and pianist, living in the United States.[2]

He writes choral music, and has written for piano and wind symphony, publishing through Walton Music, Edition Peters, and Boosey and Hawkes.[2][3]

Biography[edit]

Ola Gjeilo was born on May 5, 1978, to Inge and Anne-May Gjeilo, and grew up in Skui, Norway. He began playing piano and composing when he was five years old and learned to read music when he was seven years old.[4] Gjeilo studied classical composition with Wolfgang Plagge.[4] In his undergraduate career, Gjeilo studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music (1999–2001), transferred to the Juilliard School (2001), and studied at the Royal College of Music, London (2002–2004) to receive a bachelor's degree in composition.[5] He continued his education at Juilliard (2004–06) where he received his master's degree in 2006, also in composition. From 2009–10, Gjeilo was composer-in-residence for Phoenix Chorale.[4]

He currently resides in Manhattan, working as a freelance composer. He is currently composer-in-residence with DCINY [6] and Albany Pro Musica.[7]

Major compositions[edit]

Sunrise Mass
Orchestrated for strings and choir.[8]
Dreamweaver
Written for choir, piano, and string orchestra. The text is set from a popular medieval ballad from Norway, Draumkvedet, translated into English by Charles Anthony Silvestri, one of his regular collaborators.[9]

Discography[edit]

Note: Piano performed by Ola Gjeilo on all albums.

Choral:


Piano:

  • Piano Improvisations (2L, 2012)[13]
  • Stone Rose (2L, 2007)[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ola describes it as "YAY-lo" – http://olagjeilo.com/admin/wp-content/uploads/Ola-Gjeilo-Sinfini-Interview.pdf
  2. ^ a b Ola Gjeilo's official biography, from his website Accessed March 26, 2016
  3. ^ Cheo, Patrick, “Wind Symphony,” Ola Gjeilo: Composer, Pianist, 2014, accessed October 2, 2014, http://olagjeilo.com/sheet-music-wind-band/.
  4. ^ a b c "An exclusive interview with Ola Gjeilo - Musicroom Blog - Everything for the Musician". musicroom.com. 5 February 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  5. ^ Singers.com, “Ola Gjeilo,” United Singers International: CGI Copyright, 2014, accessed September 30, 2014, http://www.singers.com/composers/Ola-Gjeilo/.
  6. ^ https://www.dciny.org/ola-gjeilo/
  7. ^ https://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/Albany-Pro-Musica-concert-to-mark-debut-of-12305174.php
  8. ^ Papania, Christine, “Ola Gjeilo: Sunrise Mass and World Premiere of Dreamweaver at Carnegie Hall,” ChoralNet: American Choral Directors Association, 2014, accessed October 3, 2014, http://archive.choralnet.org/view/438986.
  9. ^ "Ola Gjeilo: Sunrise Mass and World Premiere of Dreamweaver at Carnegie Hall - Chorus America". chorusamerica.org. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  10. ^ "Winter Songs - Ola Gjeilo". olagjeilo.com. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
  11. ^ "Ola Gjeilo - Ola Gjeilo". olagjeilo.com. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "Northern Lights - Ola Gjeilo". olagjeilo.com. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  13. ^ "Piano Improvisations - Ola Gjeilo". olagjeilo.com. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  14. ^ "Stone Rose - Ola Gjeilo". olagjeilo.com. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 

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