Rolf LøvlandBorn: April 15th, 1955, Kristiansand (Norway)
Rolf Løvland composed his first entry for the Melodi Grand Prix, the Norwegian preselection, in 1982. In 1985, he won the ‘MGP’ with ‘La det swinge’, performed by Hanne Krogh and Elisabeth Andreasson, known as the Bobbysocks. They went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest for Norway – the first Norwegian victory ever. On stage in Gothenburg, Løvland played the piano, while the arrangement he had written in collaboration with Torgny Söderberg from Sweden, was conducted by Terje Fjærn. One year later, in ’86, Løvland wrote the orchestration to the Norwegian entry, Ketil Stokkan’s ‘Romeo’. In 1987, Løvland composed ‘Mitt live’, with which Kate Gulbrandsen represented Norway and landed a ninth spot. In 1990, Ketil Stokkan represented Norway for a second time – with ‘Brandenburger Tor’ – and again Løvland was asked to arrange the piece. In 1992 and 1993, Rolf Løvland was the musical director of the MGP, and on both occasions he joined the eventual winners on their way to the international final to conduct their entry: ‘Visjoner’ for Merethe Trøan in ’92 and ‘Alle mine tankar’ for Silje Vige in ’93. In 1994, Løvland composed ‘Duett’, aptly sung by two people: Elisabeth Andreasson and Jan Werner Danielsen; conducted by Pete Knutsen, they came sixth. In 1995, Norway won its second victory, for the second time with a Løvland composition: ‘Nocturne’, performed by Secret Garden – i.e. himself and Fionnuala Sherry. Thus, he composed four songs for the Eurovision Song Contest, of which two won the contest, while the two others finished with the first ten.
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