Guttorm Guttormsen

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Guttorm Guttormsen
Guttormsen in a break during production of Peer Gynt with Mo Hornmusikk,
October 2007
Background information
Born (1950-06-28) 28 June 1950 (age 70)
Mo i Rana, Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Composer, conductor, musician
Instruments Flute, saxophone
Years active1971-present

Guttorm Guttormsen (born 28 June 1950) is a Norwegian Jazz musician (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone), arranger and composer. [1]



Guttormsen was born in Mo i Rana. After moving to Oslo (1969), he appeared with Ivar Antonsen's Band at «Festspillene i Nord-Norge» (1971). Later, at Skien, he led a big band, and led his own quintet with, among others, Bjørn Kjellemyr with a series of recordings. He attended Kongsberg Jazzfestival several times, also with his own quartet (1975, 1979), and «Guttorm Guttormsen/Per Kristian Ekholt Big Band» (1976). He led his own Quintet, including with Lars Klevstrand, Jon Balke, Carl Morten Iversen, Espen Rud, releasing the album Høysang (1978).

Musical Director of «Teater Ibsen» and within Jon Eberson Quartet, Per Husby dedication orchestra (1984–1988) and contributed on albums by «Trio de Janeiro», and the release Distant Reports (2001) by «Nordnorsk Jazzforum».

He is best known for his compositions for theater, including a variety of performances [2] at Nationaltheatret, «Det Norske Teater» and «Teater Ibsen» where he is music director.

He was also the director of "Ibsens Gåte" in 1997 which was a musical interpretation of Ibsen.

Guttormsen has composed music for a number of Norwegian artists like Anne Grimstad Fjeld, Agnes Buen Garnås, Knut Buen, Lars Vik (Fritjof Fomlesen), Kine Hellebust to mention some. He has been a studio musician for a number of Norwegian music productions and artists like Lars Klevstrand.

He lives in Langesund since 1993.




Solo albums

As band leader

Collaborative works




According to aintervju på Riksteaterets sider Guttormsen has composed music for more than 200 plays.






Jazz ved Havet, 2006

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  1. "Guttormsen, Guttorm Biography" (in Norwegian). Norsk Musikkinformasjon 2009-01-31. Retrieved 2012-11-02.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. Forestillingsliste for Guttorm Guttormsen Nationaltheaterets Forestillingsdatabase
  3. Guttormsen fikk prisen, Avisa Telemarksavisas artikkel 14. juni 2004
Preceded by
Kristian Bergheim
Recipient of the Buddyprisen
Succeeded by
Bjarne Nerem