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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 Ubi Caritas  
2 The Spheres  
3 The Ground  
4 Sanctus: London  
5 The Crossing  
6 Northern Lights  
7 The Lake Isle  
8 Serenity (O Magnum Mysterium)  
9 Tundra  
10 Reflections  
11 Sacred Heart  
Ola Gjeilo - The Lake Isle ft. Tenebrae
ArtGentum Vocal Ensemble: Northern Lights - Ola Gjeilo
JW Pepper Interview - Part 2

Norwegian born Ola Gjeilo (Yay-Lo) is one of the most frequently performed composers in the choral world; his debut album on a major record label is slated for release in April 2016 on Decca Classics. An accomplished composer and pianist, improvisations over his own choral works have become a trademark of his collaborations, and feature within the eleven tracks on this self-titled album – "Ola Gjeilo". Norwegian by birth, Ola's soundworld has evolved a style that is both contemporary and familiar, cinematic and evocative.

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