Henrik Hellstenius was born in Bærum on the 28th April 1963. He is one of the most active amongst the younger generation of Norwegian composers. He has for many years been engaged as a pianist with several jazz and rock bands. He features on several CD-recordings and has toured both in Norway and abroad. For several years Hellstenius worked closely with a free-lance theatre group gaining valuable experience in the field of music for theatre, ballet, TV and short film.
Hellstenius took a degree in music at the University of Oslo in 1984, and is at present working on his Diploma studies at the Royal Norwegian State Academy of Music, studying composition under prof. Lasse Thoresen. In 1992/93 he studied at the Conservatoire Superieur in Paris under prof. Gerard Grisey. He has also studied computer-aided composition and sound re-generation at IRCAM in Paris.
His productions range from chamber and orchestral works via electroacoustic music to music for theatre, film and ballet. In his later work he has strived towards a musical-poetical form of expression where processes and spectral harmonies are the bearing structures. Here harmonies contribute to both material and form, albeit subordinate to a musical-poetical will.
His work has been performed at music festivals such as the Bourges Festival for electro-acoustical music in France, International Rostrum in Paris, DUT-festival in Copenhagen, Ung Nordisk Musikk, Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, Music Factory in Bergen and Stavanger Speculum. His orchestral works have been performed by Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.