Rolf Erik Nystrøm



Rolf-Erik Nystrøm (b.1975) is a saxophonist & composer. He was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2011.


About Nystrøm the jury wrote:
Nystrøm is one of Norway’s most award-winning and internationally active musicians. His unique technical ability gives him a control of timbre that obliterates most people’s notions of what is possible on a saxophone, to a degree that makes the saxophone an instrument almost subordinate to his personal expression.


Nystrøm has 4 times been soloist with the Oslo Philharmonic, and a number of other leading orchestras and ensembles around the world. He has composed for orchestra, dance, film, theatre etc. He regularly collaborates with leading performers of international folk music (Senegal, South-Africa, Tadjikistan, Egypt, Brazil, Ivory Coast, China, Norway, Sri Lanka) and tours all over the world with them. Far from being a superficial cross-over artist, he makes his mark by an unusual ability to orient himself to new musical situations, and to be 'in the style' and contribute with a personal, pioneering expression. He has played concerts in 50 countries on 4 continents, contributed on more than 100 albums, and premiered more than 150 works for saxophone written by some of the world’s leading contemporary composers, among others Christian Wolff, Luca Francesconi, Rolf Wallin, Bent Sørensen & Richard Barrett. He is associate professor at The Norwegian Academy of Music.