- Hallgjerd Aksnes
(b Moss, April 17, 1950). Norwegian composer. She received a degree in music pedagogy and a graduate degree in composition from the Norwegian State Academy of Music (1980), where she studied composition with Finn Mortensen. She also studied at the Institute of Sonology in Utrecht (1975–6) and with Sven-David Sandstrøm (1989–90). During the 1980s Hedstrøm became one of the most prominent composers of her generation in Norway, receiving the Norwegian Society of Composers' ‘Composition of the Year’ award in 1985 and again in 1989. Among the compositions which have received international recognition are the orchestral works Anima (1984) and Nenia (1986). Hedstrøm has also contributed to Norway's musical life as a member of varied musical and political committees and councils, not least as artistic and managing director of Ultima-Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. Her music draws from the neo-Expressionist tradition and often plays upon fundamental physical experiences such as breathing, friction and movement....