Trond Reinholdtsen graduated as a composer from the Norwegian Academy of Music where he subsequently completed his diploma degree. Reinholdtsen’s first pieces were modernistic, complex works in the German style, of which the best known is perhaps Psalm (Narrative Studies) for sinfonietta recorded on the CD Faces (ALBEDO, 2000) alongside other works by composers of the complexity generation. Reinholdtsen was one of the initiators of the contemporary music periodical Parergon, and is still on the editing board. He has also made a name for himself as a singer in the group Nordic Voices, and is frequently encountered in the form of a critic and commentator in a variety of media.
Trond Reinholdtsen’s music has developed in an extreme, performative direction; pure music is laced with various extra-musical forms of expression such as essayistic interpretations, live-camera filming and elements including statistical facts, face-making etc. It has also become his trademark to round off his compositions with the “composer’s speech to the audience”; the speech may be performed live on screen, via a recording, perhaps communicated by midi-drums, preferably in Norwegian but sometimes in German or English if the work is being performed abroad. Reinholdtsen is considered to be one of the most important and innovative composers of contemporary music of his generation.