The famous Norwegian music composer Nils Henrik Asheim (58) has won the Nordic Council Music Prize for 2018. He received the award at an award ceremony at the Opera in Oslo.
Asheim was nominated for the “Muohta” work for choirs and string orchestra, composed as a correspondence to Joseph Haydn’s “Seasons” from 1801.
He also received 350,000 Danish kroner, which is equal to about 450,000 Norwegian kroner.
Asheim has won several awards before as well, including, the Game Man Prize on two occasions, in 2005 and 2010, respectively.
He was born in Oslo in 1960 and currently lives in Stavanger. He received his education at Norway’s Music College. He was also appointed as Knight of 1st grade of St. Olav’s Order for his efforts for Norwegian music earlier this year.
The Norwegian composer Synne Skouen was also nominated, with the opera “Ballerina”, which received great attention after the premiere of the Norwegian Opera and Ballet in the autumn of 2017.