Jostein Stalheim: Composer, accordionist, soundpainter and professor at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway.
He has received a Grant from Norwegian Art Council 2014-2015 composing music to the opera La Peur et les Soins with libretto by Astrid Luisa Niebuhr. He also composed the music for Watch with premiere in Dansens Hus, Oslo; Watch
Stalheim is also contributor as a composer to the science opera Rosetta`s Stone; a cooperation between the two librettists Oded Ben-Horin, John F. McGrew and the cocomposer John Bilotta with premiere August 12th 2016 in San Francisco: Rosetta´s Stone.
He was born in Voss, Norway in 1960 and started composing at an early age. When only 17 years old, his first works were broadcast on both radio and television. He has studied composition and accordion at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen and at the Norwegian State Academy of Music.
He has written music for orchestra, chamber-ensembles, solo, multimedia and also site-specific productions. Stage music comprises a considerable part of his production; a.o. the opera ”Pr.Warrants Progress” and the ballets; “Watch”, “Volatile”, “Alrekr” and “Kast”. He has worked in theatres both as composer and musician, a.o. The Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Hordaland Teater, Den Nationale Scene, The Norwegian National Ballet and Danseteatret/Carte Blanche in Norway.
Stalheim is internationally recognized as an accordion soloist and is performing at festivals and with several international orchestras. Stalheim appears regularly in European festivals as soundpainter, performer and composer, and his last recordings got brilliant reviews. He has received commissions from ensembles both in Norway and abroad.