Eyvind Gulbrandsen (1977) was selected as a composer in residence with the South Iceland Chamber Choir in 2015 as part of the Moving Classics project, funded in part by Creative Europe. Eyvind's composition, Surrounded by Strangers, was premiered at Cycle Music and Art Festival in August 2015.
He has a diploma in composition from the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark, where he studied from 2000-2005 with teachers such as Karl Aage Rasmussen, Bent Sørensen, Rolf Wallin, and Olav Anton Thommessesen. His list of works contains solo/chamber music, music for orchestra and theatre, electronic and electroacoustic music, and installations. His music has been performed in all of the Nordic countries as well as in Germany, France, the UK, USA, and Canada.
Gulbrandsen's pieces are mostly a combination of installation, performance, and concert. He works very closely with his musicians, often from scratch and without a traditional score. With offset in a certain topic, the piece emerges through dialogue, interviews, and workshops, working with both precomposed material and different types of intuitive improvisation. His inspiration comes mostly from human behaviour and the interaction between humans and culture/society. The involvement of the musicians (and sometimes even the audience) throughout the creative process leads to very personal pieces - a quality that is strongly felt by both the participants and the audience.
Gulbrandsen is also a dedicated teacher in music and composition, teaching at Sonic College, Ærø Højskole, and Engelholms Højskole. He is currently the leader of the music department at Brandbjerg Højskole.