Studied composition with Bjarne Brustad and Aaron Copland, organ with Arild Sandvold and Ernest White, and conducting with Řivin Fjeldstad.
Best Known For:
Being one of the few Norwegian composers whose works are performed world-wide.
"De Profundis" was named "Best Work of the Year" by the Society of Norwegian Composers
Organist in Torshov kirke (Torshov Church) in Oslo from 1946 to 1982; Taught choral conducting at the University of Oslo from 1964 to 1985; Founded and conducted Det Norske Solistkor from 1950 to 1990 and Schola Cantorum from 1964 to 1985.
Â “So I entered a new world of choral sound, one could speak of a kind of kaleidoscope through which to discover entirely new tone colours. Nevertheless, my roots are in Gregorian chant. Even when I write in a modern, experimental style, I combine it with elements of very ancient music.”
"Immortal Nystedt" by Ensemble 96, which was nominated in two categories for the 2007 Grammy Awards.