ROLF-ERIK NYSTRØM - Norwegian saxophonist. Born 1975. Released his first soloalbum "Concepts of Sorrows & Dangers" at the Aurora label in May 2006 w/ works by Rolf Wallin, Francesconi, Xenakis, Nystrøm, Maja Ratkje, Trond Reinholdtsen, Øyvind Torvund & Lars P.Hagen. The CD has received great critical acclaim in the major Norwegian newspapers.
Nystrøm received the Young Peoples Lindemanprice 2005 (the highest acclaim for young musicians in Norway), Artist grant from the state 2005-06 & the Rikskonsertene Debut Price 2001.
He has been soloist with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonieorkester Basel, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Kaput Ensemble (Iceland), Norwegian State Academy Orchestra, and sinfoniettas in Norway and Finland, and has given recitals in more than 20 countries on 4 continents.
Nystrøm has written music for different music theatre plays, a TV documentary, chamber music etc. He has world premiered more than 80 works for saxophone, most of them dedicated to him. He has a Masters Degree in saxophone from the Norwegian State Academy of Music, and exame with the highest grade. In addition he has studies with John Edward Kelly. He gives lectures in contemporary music at the Norwegian Academy of Music.
He has participated on more than 50 albums, and also works as a producer on other artists' recordings. In addition to performing contemporary music, he regularly performs west-African, improvised, jazz, funk and early baroque music.