Knut Nystedt


1915 –


Who is Knut Nystedt?

Knut Nystedt is a Norwegian orchestral and choral composer.

Nystedt was born in Kristiania, Norway, and grew up in a Christian home where hymns and classical music were an important part of everyday life. His major compositions for choir and vocal soloists are mainly based on texts from the Bible or sacred themes. Old church music, especially Palestrina and Gregorian chants, have had a major influence on his compositions.

He has studied with Aaron Copland, among others. Nystedt was organist in Torshov kirke in Oslo from 1946 to 1982 and taught choir conducting at the University of Oslo from 1964 to 1985.

Nystedt founded and conducted Det Norske Solistkor from 1950 to 1990. He also founded and conducted Schola Cantorum from 1964 to 1985. The choir Ensemble 96 published «Immortal Nystedt» in 2005. This CD was nominated in two categories in the Grammy Awards 2007. This is the first Norwegian cd nominated in two categories. Also the first cd with a Norwegian composer nominated to Grammy. In 2005 he was honoured by several concerts around the world, celebrating his 90th birthday.

In 1966, the King of Norway made him Knight of the Order of St. Olav in recognition of his contributions to Norwegian music. And in 2002 the King of Norway made him Commander of St. Olav. He received the Spellemann Award in 1978 for his album Contemporary Music From Norway. He received Norsk Kulturråds Musikkpris in 1980. «De Profundis» became the work of the year Norsk Komponistforening. Knut Nystedt became Professor Honorario by Mendoza University Argentina in 1991. In 2002 he received Årets Korpris from Norges Korforbund and Oslo bys Kunstnerpris.

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Sep 3, 1915

on July 23, 2013


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