The composer, musician and conductor Geir Lysne was born in 1965 in Norway. He's educated from the Norwegian Academy of Music, with jazz saxophone and composition as main subjects. In 2006 his CD Boahjenásti won the “German Critics’ Award”, and was nominated to “Danish Music Award Jazz” as well. With the “Oslo Groove Company” he won the "Norwegian Grammy" already back in 1992.
Geir Lysne is a major figure in Norwegian classical orchestra scene. He has worked with European radio jazz orchestras such as “NDR Bigband” (Hamburg), “HR Bigband” (Frankfurt), “Klüvers Big Band” (Aarhus), and “UMO Big Band” (Helsinki). He has also worked with classical orchestras such as “The Norwegian Wind Ensemble”, “Kristiansand Wind Ensemble”, and all five of the Norwegian military orchestras.
Lysne regularly works with other artists: In 2008 he has conducted tours with international well known artists like Bobby McFerrin, Mory Kanté, Arto Tuncboyaciyan and Nils Landgren. In addition to his “Geir Lysne Ensemble”, which is increasingly gaining international recognition, Geir works as a composer and lecturer in jazz.
"For all Lysne's classical leanings, he's accessible enough to be fascinating to jazz audiences and beyond."