Bjørn Bolstad Skjelbred (1970) has a varied and broadly spectered musical background. He is currently active as a composer, arranger, improviser and teacher, with experience from several genres of music and musical environments. Skjelbred´s list of works contains around 50 works, where music for other arts and music for young musicians are largely present. Collaborations with other musicians, ensembles and artists are very important to Skjelbred, and many of his works are results from these collaborations. Among these collaborators is Norwegian percussionist Eirik Raude, the swedish ensemble ”The Pearls before Swine Experience”, the danish flutist Marianne Leth and the danish ensemble ”Ensemble 2000”.
Collaborations with Norwegian groups of actors like ”The Chosen Ones” , ”Fakta Morgana” and ”Fabula Rasa” have resulted in several productions for the stage, which have been shown in several of the scandinavian countries.
Skjelbred finished his Diploma (Masters degree) in composition at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in 2006, with Asbjørn Schaathun and Bjørn Howard Kruse as his tutors. He has also taken private lessons with the Italian composer Luca Francesconi.
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