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Bjørn Kruse

February 1, 2013

Born 1946 in London, England, but grew up in England, USA and Norway, with studies at UCLA, California, and The Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, receiving his BA (clarinet major) in 1975 and his Diploma in Composition two years later. Has taught at the academy since 1976, becoming professor of composition in 1997. In Sep 2013 he retired from the Academy as Professor Emeritus. He has written two books on jazz theory and one on composition and drama, “Thinking Art – An Interdisciplinary Approach to Applied Aesthetics”(ISBN 978-82-7853-214-0). “Thinking Art” was released at the symposium Unfolding the Process II at the Norwegian Academy of Music on Nov 15, 2016. To order, please go to Norwegian Academy of Music book order. Or


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Bjørn Kruse lectures extensively throughout Norway on the subject of interdisciplinary aesthetics, addressing students and educators within all expressions of art. The basic topic deals with concepts and models of understanding that all artists employ, and that this type of broad insight enriches the individual artist in his own discipline, as well as develops the aesthetical competence of all those who enjoy experiencing art, regardless of a particular expression. The lectures are offered in either the Norwegian or English language.

Besides composing music, painting, and activity as a freelance academic, he is also supervisor for research fellows within the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme (

From teenage years, Bjørn Kruse was active for about 25 years as jazz musician (saxophone), composer/arranger, producer and studio musician within most areas of music, while teaching and composing preoccupied him more and more. His list of works now numbers more that 150, including compositions for choir, chamber ensembles, several concertos and orchestra works, and four operas, and his compositions are performed ever more often in Norway and abroad. His latest major work for stage was the opera “Den Grøne Riddaren” (“The Green Knight” / libretto by Paal-Helge Haugen), which was premiered in Kristiansand, Agder Teater, on March 10, 2004. Among prizes won may be mentioned the Fernseh Opern Preis der Stadt Salzburg 1983, for the TV opera “A Game of Chess”, and several of his works have won the Work of the Year award in Norway. The concerto for alto sax and orchestra, “Timaios”, was awarded the Jury’s Special Prize by NOPA 2010. His 50 min clarinet concerto “Chronotope” won the music publishers’ Work of the year 2016, in the category for classical / contemporary music. (To order the score, please go to musikkforlagene)

In February 2018 Bjørn won the Norwegian Emmy in the category Composer of the Year 2017 (Spellemannn som Årets komponist) for the recording of the clarinet concerto Chronotope, with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra (cond. Christian Eggen) and soloist Fredrik Fors. (To order the CD, please go to lawo store)

On October 10, 2018, Bjørn was awarded the Lindeman Prize 2018. (About the prize and an interview (in Norwegian))


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Photo: Anine Kruse Skatrud (Oct 2018)

Bjørn is married to Karette Stensæth, music therapy Professor and researcher. Examples of her research topics are her latest book, Responsiveness in Music Therapy. A Perspective Inspired by Mikhail Bakhtin (2017), and  her PhD thesis Musical Answerability. A Theory on the Relationship between Music Therapy Improvisation and the Phenomenon of Action. (2008)

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