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Arnt Håkon Ånesen

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Arnt Håkon Ånesen (born 20 January 1977 in Fauske) is a Norwegian contemporary composer.


Ånesen studied composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music with Lasse Thoresen, Bjørn Kruse and Olav Anton Thommesen.[1]

Ånesen’s works have seen performances in Australia, Japan Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Italy, Greece, Spain, England, France, Austria and Canada as well in the Nordic countries. Ånesen’s compositions have been featured at festivals such as the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, UNM, the Northern Light Festival, the Peer Gynt Festival and Nordland Musikkfestuke. December 2009 saw the Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra premiering Ånesen’s commissioned work NOR. Other performers and orchestral institutions that have commissioned works by Ånesen includes Kroumata Percussion Ensemble, Ketil Hugaas, Arctic Sinfonietta, Sergej Tchirkov, NorthArc Percussion, NoXaS, AJO Ensemble, Concerts Norway, the Norwegian Academy of Music, Ensemble Fanfaronner, Bodø Sinfonietta, BIT20 Ensemble, Kristine Tjøgersen and Pål Rullestad.[2]

Ånesen is also a recipient of grants from Domaine Forget (Canada), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Norway), TONO, Norwegian Society of Composers, Vestfold County and Fauske municipality. Ånesen is also active in other styles and genres, and has released a number of electro-pop outings. He is also active as a teacher in composition at the Edvard Munch High School and Barratt Due Institute of Music and is the author of a digital teaching tool featured by NRK.[3]


Selected works[edit]


  • «Quetzalcoatl: To the years of 2012/2013» (2010)
  • «Nor» (for orkester), (2009
  • «Paix» (2006/2007)
  • «Gjenspeil – 8 avbildninger for orkester» ( 2003)


  • «Historicism» (for sinfonietta) (2009)
  • «(noname)» (for sinfonietta) (2008)
  • «Frames» (for solo piano and sinfonietta) (2005-2007)

Medium-sized ensembles[edit]

  • «Tilbakeblikk» (2006)
  • «Å gå inn» (2005)
  • «Janus» (2005)


  • «Røde, rusende Blader – og Steinhus som Står» (2010)
  • «Vannmannens tidsalder» (2009/2010)
  • «Filosofisk Zenetrækning» (2009
  • «The Soup is Cold! The Chicken is Running!» (2008
  • «Askesol» (2008)
  • «Love's Requiem» (2003)

Smaller ensembles/Solo works[edit]

  • «Hexahedron» (2008
  • «In progress» (2006/2007)
  • «Variations for String Quartet» (2006)
  • «Point» (for solofiolin) (2005)

Electro-acoustic works[edit]

  • Hall in three movements: 1. «Indonesian Pie Room», 2. «Circular Sleeping Room», 3. «Lollipop Room», 4. «Invisible Living Room» ) (2010)
  • Origins of Musicality (2009)
  • Sonar (2009)
  • Format Transform (2007)
  • Aorta (2007)


  • Farewell to you (and reason) (2016)
  • Sweets (2015)
  • Aorta (2009)


  1. "Bio from MIC Music Information Centre Norway". listento.no. Retrieved 2017-03-07.
  2. "Bio from the Norwegian Society of Composers". listento.no. Retrieved 2017-03-07.
  3. "Bio from the composer's own website". listento.no. Retrieved 2017-03-07.

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