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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 The Rose
2 Ecce Novum
3 The First Nowell
4 Days of Beauty
5 Home
6 Across the Vast, Eternal Sky
7 Ave Generosa
8 First Snow
9 The Holly And The Ivy
10 Away In a Manger
11 Dawn
12 Coventry Carol
13 Silent Night
14 Wintertide
15 The Rose II
Ola Gjeilo - Ecce Novum
ArtGentum Vocal Ensemble: Northern Lights - Ola Gjeilo
JW Pepper Interview - Part 2

Winter Songs is a new album of compositions and arrangements for choir and strings by Norwegian composer, Ola Gjeilo. The album features new arrangements of familiar Christmas carols and new, wintry compositions in a beautiful and intimate setting, performed by Gjeilo on the piano, the string group 12 Ensemble, the Choir of Royal Holloway and conductor Rupert Gough. 

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