Pete KnutsenBorn: December 9th, 1947, Kirkenes (Norway)
Pete Knutsen was the musical director of several editions of the Melodi Grand Prix, Norway’s preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest, and arranged many songs for it. In 1978, he wrote the string arrangement that was used for the recording of ‘Mil etter mil’, the song with which Jahn Teigen represented Norway in that year’s contest in Paris – however, in a completely different arrangement than for the record version. This live orchestration was penned by conductor Carsten Klouman. Pete Knutsen’s time as a conductor in the contest started more than one decade later. He conducted the Norwegian entries of 1989 (Britt Sinnøve Johansen – ‘Venners nærhet), 1990 (Ketil Stokkan – ‘Brandenburger Tor’), 1991 (Just 4 Fun – ‘Mrs. Thompson’), and 1994 (Elisabeth Andreasson & Jan Werner Danielsen – ‘Duett’). For the 1989 entry, he also wrote the orchestration.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Pete Knutsen will be published on this website