Rolf Erik Nystrøm (NO)

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Rolf Erik Nystrøm (1975) is a Norwegian saxophonist and composer. Nominated to the Nordic Council Music Prize 2011 (previous nominees are a.o.Bjørk, Kaija Saariaho, Esa Pekka Salonen,Jan Garbarek & Christian Lindberg). About Nystrøm the jury writes: Rolf-Erik Nystrøm, saxophonist; born 1975, despite his young age, is one of Norway’s most award-winning and internationally active musicians. His unique technical talent gives him a timbre control that blows most people’s notions of what is possible on a saxophone, to a degree that makes the saxophone as an instrument almost subordinate to his personal expression. Nystrøm’s range spans from being a soloist with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and a number of other Nordic and international ensembles, to receiving specially written music from composers such as Luca Francesconi and Richard Barrett, to name a few. In addition, he co-operates with leading performers in various folk music (Senegal, South-Africa, Tadjikistan, Egypt, Brazil, Ivory Coast, China, Norway, Sri Lanka) and tours with world with them.Not to be forgotten: He also signs his own improvisation-based compositions. Far from being a superficial cross-over artist, on the contrary, he makes his mark by an unusual ability to orient himself in new musical situations; to be 'in the style' and contribute with a personal, pioneering expression.