Eivind Buene
Oslo 07.09.1973

Eivind Buene studied pedagogics and composition at the Norwegian State Academy of Music from 1992 to 1998, and in 1999 and 2000 he was composer in residence with the Oslo Sinfonietta. Since 2000 he has been a freelance composer living and working in Oslo, writing for a wide array of ensembles and orchestras. He has recieved commissions from among others Ensemble Intercontemporain, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Fondation Royaumont and a variety of Scandinavian orchestras and ensembles.

Apart from writing music for soloists, ensembles and orchestras, Buene also frequently engages in collaborations with improvising musicians, developing music in the cross-section between classical notation and improvisation.

Buene's music has been performed at prestigous venues like Carnegie Hall, Berlin Philharmonie and Centre Pompidou. His debut as a stage composer came in august 2006 with the one act chamber opera September, based on Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler. Buene is currently working on an opera for the new opera in Oslo, together with writers Jon Øystein Flink and Rasmus Munch.

In addition to music, Buene has written music critique and essays, and he made his literary debut with the novel Enmannsorkester in 2010. His second novel was released in October 2012, and a collection of essays was published in March 2014. His third novel, Oppstandelse, is released in Spetember 2016.

From 2015 to 2019 Buene is assistant professor in composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music


Formal studies:
1992-1998: Music Pedagogics and composition at the Norwegian State Academy of Music

2009-2012: Again and Again and Again: Music as site, situation and repetition. Research project in the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship

Participation in masterclasses and seminars:
2004: Fondation Royaumont (Asnieres sur Oise)
2004: Gaudeamus Music week (Amsterdam, jury selection)
2002: Stage d'ete, IRCAM (Paris)
2001: Helmut Lachenmann (Grieg academy, Bergen, Norway)
1999: Salvatore Sciarrino (Grieg academy, Bergen, Norway)
1997: Brian Ferneyhough (Grieg academy, Bergen, Norway)

Participation at festivals (excerpt):
Gaudeamus (Amsterdam 2004), Nordic Music Days (Reykjavik, 2006 Copenhagen/Malmö 2004), International Chamber Music festival (Stavanger 2004-2006) Magma Festival (Berlin 2002), Music Biennale Zagreb (2002), Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (2002) Ultima (Oslo 1998 - 2005), Young Nordic Music festivals (Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm, Oslo, Reykjavik 1996 - 2000)

Performed by numerous ensembles and orchestras such as the Oslo Philharmonic Orchetra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, The Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Athelas ensemble Copenhagen, Nordic Voices, Oslo Sinfonietta, The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Cikada.

Commissions (excerpt):

Ultima and Danish Radio Underholdningsorkesteret: Blue Mountain

The Norwegian Opera & Ballet: New Opera

Murakami/Sørlien Holen: Approximation Studies

Peter Herresthal: Violin Concerto

Currentes: Miniatures for Medieval Instruments
Vikdal/Kristiansen: Surrounded

Thomas Kjekstad: Guitar Concerto
The Norwegian Soloists Choir: Piece for folk singer, fiddler and choir

Shanghai International Spring Festival: Orchestral Piece
The Norwegian Wind Ensemble: Into the Void
Cikada: Nature Morte

Ensemble Intercontemporain: Molto Fluido
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group: Garland for Matthew locke
Stavanger Sympohony Orchestra: Psalm
The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra: Stilleben
Trondheim International Chamber Music Festival: Landscape with ruins

The Norwegian Broadcasting Corp.: Three Improvisations for Wolfgang
Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival: Grid
Fondation Royaumont, Grand Atelier: Ultrabucolic Studies

Ensemble Intercontemporain: Possible Cities
Opera West: September

Ultima Festival: Asymmetrical Music

The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra: Langsam und Schmacthend

Affinis Ensemble: Anatomic Notebook
The Norwegian Concert Institute: Conversation with J.S.
Bergen Philharmonic Orhestra: Scherzophrenia