Morten Eide Pedersen was a teacher of composition, composer, musicologist, and writer. After a Magister degree in musicology at the University of Oslo, with added studies in philosophy, sociology, mathematics, and informatics, he also followed composition courses at the Norwegian Academy of Music. In 1989 he joined the faculty of the Bergen Music Conservatory – which in 1995 became part of the University of Bergen as the Grieg Academy, Institute of Music. From 1996, he built up and led the second, full-length higher education within composition in Norway. He was also involved in the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme as supervisor.


As a teacher and supervisor, Morten Eide Pedersen had the ability to both support and challenge students in developing their own individual artistic voices. Both as a pedagogue and in his own artistic work, he was concerned with the relationship of tradition towards the present - of how the past can be a methodological resource for today’s creative artists. He was especially concerned with the relationship between text, sound, and language, and composed both score- and computer-based compositions, live electronics, and more open forms.


As a composer, Morten Eide Pedersen wrote music for or received commissions from - among others - Rikskonsertene/Musikk i Nordland, Den Nationale Scene, BIT20 Ensemble, Music Factory, Tromsø Kammerorkester and Avgarde concert series.


Pedersen was also active as a writer on musical topics, mediator, and musicologist. He was the editor of the music journal Ballade for five years and also editor of the volume on new music in the book/research project “Norges musikkhistorie” Volume 5, 1999-2001: “Modernisme og mangfold” (Aschehoug 2001). He was also a central contributor to starting the artistic research project “Wheels within Wheels” (2015-2018), in which the Grieg Academy’s research groups in early music and composition collaborated in developing new forms of expression.

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