instrumentalist, music scholar, composer

Bjørn Sverre Kristensen

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I was born in 1954 in Moss, Norway, and grew up in Oslo.

I studied at Oslo University (music, theatre, history, pedagogy).

Additional studies in musical composition, private and at Norges Musikkhøgskole.

I worked as a freelance composer, instrumentalist, film critic, film archivist, and in broadcasting until August 1994 when I got a job as assistant professor of music at Hedmark University College, Hamar, Norway. 

I worked as an associate professor at the same institution, teaching MIDI technology, composition, global music, Norwegian folk music, and film- and computer game composition until August 2021, when i retired.

I play the military drum, specializing in Norwegian trommeslåtter, in addition to tuned percussion, the Hardanger fiddle, viola d'amore, bagpipes, sallow flute, jaw's harp, and instruments of the guitar family. 

Until January 2016 I played fiddle and viola in the Hamar based folk music ensemble LEIK. Now I play Arabian percussion for Surprise Dance group situated in Brumunddal, and sing bass in Hamar Cathedral Choir (Hamar Domkor).

I work as a composer, doing commissions for soloists, ensembles and choirs.