Bjørn Alterhaug - Composer and Musician
Bjørn Alterhaug was born and raised in Mo i Rana and moved to Trondheim in 1966. He has most of the time led own groups, has had many festival commissions and is a sought after big band instructor. From 1974 he has been affiliated with the University of Trondheim (NTNU), as professor at the Department of Music. Of his numerous compositions include ‘Blåsekvintett' (1980), 'Music for people and other wild animals' (1981), 'Bassquerade' (1982) and 'Fantasier for et miljø' (Fantasies for an environment) (1985). He was festival composer Arctic Arts Festival in 1989 where he met Festival Artist Solveig Leinan-Hermo. He has been awarded Trondheim municipality's cultural scholarship, Jazz Association's Buddy award, and his first LP, 'Moments' received a Grammy Award. Bjørn is considered one of Norway's most accomplished jazz musicians. His music has been used in several of Stellaris DansTeater's productions, for example 'Dær Fastlandet Flyt' (Where the Mainland Floats), ‘Bassquerade’ and ‘Hudløs’.