Born: April 14th, 1928, Oslo (Norway)
Died: July 7th, 2017, Oslo (Norway)
Egil Monn-Iversen is a pianist, composer, conductor, and producer who was educated at the Oslo Music Conservatory. He played in several 1940s and 1950s jazz groups, and founded and led ensembles himself. From 1954 until 1963, he was the conductor at the Chat Noir Theatre in Oslo, of which he was the manager from 1959 onwards. In the 1950s, Monn-Iversen started his professional activities as an arranger as well, working with – amongst others – Nora Brockstedt. He founded vocal group The Monn-Keys, which included his wife Sølvi Wang. Monn-Iversen set up a production company which published records for the Norwegian market and produced concerts, films, and theatre shows. From the 1960s onwards, he was Head of Music at NRK (Norwegian broadcaster) and Det Norske Teatret; working at NRK involved arranging music for radio and television as well as conducting the Radio Orchestra in various programmes. In the 1980s, when his activities for NRK became less time-consuming, Monn-Iversen became chairman of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet (1981-1996) and founded a theatre production company. In 1997, he led the Stockholm China Theatre for a short time.
Egil Monn-Iversen arranged the music for at least eight Norwegian entries between 1965 and 1980 and was the musical director of several preselections in the 1970s. However, he never accompanied a Norwegian artist abroad to conduct the Eurovision orchestra. In 1986, when the contest was held in Bergen (Norway), Monn-Iversen was the musical director of the show, conducting all interval music as well as the entries from Norway (Ketil Stokkan’s ‘Romeo’) and Denmark (Lise Haavik’s ‘Du er fuld af løgn’).
In due course, a more extensive biography of Egil Monn-Iversen will be published on this website
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