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Steinar Granmo Nilsen


Brass, Woodwind and Percussion Department


Steinar Granmo Nilsen (born 1970) teaches at the Norwegian Academy of Music, where he is Professor of horn (valve horn and natural horn). He is a member of the Norwegian Wind Ensemble, based in Halden, and, for many years, a member of the Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces.

Granmo Nilsen grew up in Trondheim, and commenced his music studies at Trøndelag Music Conservatory with Stein Villanger. He subsequently studied in Germany at the State Academy of Music in Freiburg with Ifor James (valve horn) and Renée Allen (natural horn). He completed his studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music, mastering in chamber music and solo performance with Frøydis Ree Wekre.

In 1999 Steinar participated in the renowned Festival d'Art Lyrique at Aix-en-Provence in France with L'Académie Européenne de Musique, performing as an orchestral player, chamber musician and soloist – his achievements winning him that year's award as "instrumentalist of the year". In 2000 he won the second Prize in the Princess Astrid Music Award. Steinar Granmo Nilsen's repertoire spans Baroque to contemporary music. Both as chamber musician and soloist, he plays modern and historic horns. He has played with many of the leading Nordic Baroque orchestras and is a permanent member of the Oslo Chamber Academy.


In 2004, accompanied by the Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces, Granmo Nilsen recorded Trygve Madsen's Invitation to a Voyage on the Simax label. In 2012 he recorded Beethoven's Sonata Op 17, in 2015 "Early Romantic Horn Sonatas", and in 2020 "The Horn in Romanticism" accompanied by Kristin Fossheim, all for 2L. Recently Steinar and the Oslo Chamber Academy have released the CDs "Beethoven", "Leipzig", "the first beauty", "Mozart", "Mozart/Danzi/Beethoven for Piano and Winds" and "Chanson et Danses" – all on LAWO Classics.

Photo: Veronica van Groningen.


  • Didaktik for improvisasjon og komposisjon - et tverrfagligt prosjektarbeid Ivar Frounberg ,  Peter Tornquist ,  Steinar Granmo Nilsen ,  Inger Anne Westby 2004
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