Norway, 1949

Lasse Thoresen studied composition under Finn Mortensen, Oslo Music Conservatory, electrophony and composition at the Institute of Sonology in the Netherlands. He has been teaching sonology and electro acoustic music at the Norwegian Academy of Music since 1975, from 1988 as professor of composition. Mr. Thoresen has received a number of important awards such as the Lindeman Award for his integral work as a composer (1987), the Foundation Samii-Housseinpour Price (Belgium 2000), and Prix Jacques DURAND from Institut de France, Academie des Beaux Arts. In 2003 he receives the Edvard Prize for Løp, lokk og linjar, a work which earned him a three years residency at Festival Présence, Paris. His music has absorbed influences from archaic Norwegian folk music and “ethnomusic” in general, from French spectral music and “Musique Concrete”, and from Harry Partch’s tonal system “Just Intonation”. He has also developed a theory of emergent musical forms, motivated by the desire to increase the accessibility and comprehensibility of contemporary music to the open minded listener.