Egil Storbekken (1911-2002) was born in Nord-Østerdal on a mountain farm. He had no formal education until he reached adulthood, and then he studied briefly at The Music Conservatory in Oslo. However, he was active as both musician and conductor in his municipality, Tolga, where he conducted a string orchestra, wind bands, two choirs and a folk music ensemble.
His activities as a composer started in the 1930's, when he developed an interest in traditional folk music instruments such as: lure, willow flute, goat's horn, jew's harp and tussefløyte, a Norwegian kind of a descant recorder. He toured for the Norwegian Concert Institute (Rikskonsertene) for 15 years with these instruments, and also started his own ensemble, Tolga-Tusseladdene where, in addition to the folk instruments, he performed his compositions for tussefløyte with the orchestra. In addition to performing with TV and radio, the ensemble was presented in larger concerts in the Oslo Concert Hall and at The University Aula in Oslo. He composed and published orchestral music and music for poems, as well as arrangements for choirs and music for tussefløyte. His compositions are often considered as representing something authentically Norwegian in terms of tonality, and mirror his close relationship to Norwegian nature - particularly the mountains. His store in Tolga, Bygdakunst, sold home crafts as well as folk music instruments and music.