Rolf Wallin

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Rolf Wallin (born 7 September 1957) is a Norwegian composer,[1] trumpeter and avant-garde performance artist.


Wallin was born in Oslo, where he studied with Finn Mortensen and Olav Anton Thommessen. He later studied at the University of California where his teachers included Roger Reynolds and Vinko Globokar. Wallin’s music combines an intuitive freedom with a rigorous mathematical approach, such as use of fractal algorithms to construct melody and harmony, resulting in a music that often hints at the influence of Ligeti, Xenakis and Berio.[citation needed]

In 1998 he was awarded the Nordic Council Music Prize.

Career highlights[edit]

Key works[edit]

  • …though what made it has gone (1987; mezzo-soprano, piano)
  • Stonewave (1990; percussion)
  • Boyl (1995; chamber ensemble)
  • Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (1996)
  • Ground (1996; cello, strings)
  • Act (2004; orchestra)
  • Strange News (2007; actor; orchestra; video-projection; electronics)

Selected recordings[edit]


  1. ^ Eddins, Stephen. "Rolf Wallin: Act: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 May 2011.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Nils Henrik Asheim and Susanne Sundfør
Recipient of the Spellemannprisen composer award
Succeeded by
Eivind Buene