Bjørn Alterhaug - Biography

Bjørn Alterhaug Foto: NTNU Info/Rune Petter Ness

Bjørn Alterhaug (1945) was born in Mo i Rana. He studied at the Department of Music, University of Trondheim and works today as a double bassist, composer and teacher. Bjørn Alterhaug has, throughout the years, been considered one of the leading bassists in Norway and has accompanied a number of top international musicians: Ben Webster, Clark Terry, Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, among others. In 1975, he received the highest honour from the Norwegian Jazz Federation: The Buddy Award.

He has released three jazz records under his own name:
Moments (1979), A Ballad (1986) and Constellations (1991).
Moments received the "Spellemannsprisen" (Norwegian Grammy) in 1980.

Alterhaug has participated in a number of other recordings for various projects. Since 1970, he has composed for jazz groups, either his own or those of others. His activities as a composer have increased in breadth, and his compositions today range from pure treatments of Norwegian folk music to big band jazz and include modern chamber music as well. He was the Festival Composer at the 25-Year Jubilee of the Festival of North Norway in 1989. His list of works includes more than 150 pieces representing a variety of genres. Alterhaug is now a Professor at the Department of Music, University of Trondheim, where he teaches Bach harmony and big band arrangements.

Translation: Palmyre Pierroux
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