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Ola Gjeilo: Bio

Ola Gjeilo (pronounced Yay-lo) was born in Norway in 1978, and moved to the United States in 2001 to begin his composition studies at the Juilliard School in New York City. He is currently composer-in-residence with Voces8.

Ola's albums include Ola Gjeilo on the Decca Classics label, a portrait of his choral and piano works featuring Tenebrae and Voces8. His debut recording as a composer and pianist, the lyrical crossover album Stone Rose, was followed by its 2012 sequel Piano Improvisations, both on the 2L label. Phoenix Chorale's bestselling Northern Lights collection of Ola's choral music on Chandos was named iTunes Best Classical Vocal Album of 2012. All four recordings are available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.

A full-time concert music composer based in New York City, Ola is also very interested in film, and his music often draws inspiration from movies and cinematic music.

 

Ola's choral works are published by Walton Music, wind band works by Boosey & Hawkes, and piano pieces by Edition Peters.

1 Firefly  
2 Sleepless  
3 Still  
4 City Lights  
5 Night Rain  
6 Before Dawn  
7 Aeon  
8 Crystal Sky  
9 Quiet Streets  
10 Sundown  
11 Moonrise  
12 Shadows  
13 Eclipse  
14 Aurora  
15 Dreaming  
16 Polar  
17 Skyline  
18 Nocturnal  
ArtGentum Vocal Ensemble: Northern Lights - Ola Gjeilo
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Norwegian composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo presents a stunning collection of brand-new original works for solo piano, composed and performed by Gjeilo himself. NIGHT is an intimate and meditative collection of peaceful piano music, inspired by the twilight hours in the place he now calls home – New York City. 

Gjeilo's musical style is often described as cinematic and evocative, characterised by warm harmonies, flowing melodies and gently rocking, repeated figures. He is an exclusive Decca Classics recording artist, and the new album follows the highly successful Winter Songs (2017) and Ola Gjeilo (2016), which also feature Tenebrae, Voces8 and the Choir of Royal Holloway. NIGHT is his first solo piano album to be released on Decca.

Gjeilo is one of the most frequently performed composers in the choral world. He grew up outside Oslo, Norway in a musically eclectic home listening to classical, jazz, pop and folk, a broad background he later incorporated into his classical composition studies at The Juilliard School and the Royal College of Music in London.