The Norwegian Academy of Music is pleased to host performers and scholars from around the globe for the fifth Performance Studies Network Conference.  As part of this important event, and as the first non-UK venue for PSN, the Academy has also organised a series of keynote presentations that will highlight the work of performer-scholars who are prominent in Norwegian musical life.

Ingfrid Breie Nyhus

Photo: Geir Dokken

Ingfrid Breie Nyhus performs folk, classical and contemporary music at the piano.  She has received several prizes for her performances and recordings, including the Norwegian Soloist Prize for 2005.  Her recording of Grieg’s Peasant Dances op.72 was nominated for the Norwegian Grammy Spellemannprisen and awarded “Record of the Year” by the Great Britain Grieg Society in 2007. The album “Hardanger Fiddle in Art Music” was nominated for the Norwegian Grammy 2016 and the album “Slåttepiano” was nominated for the Norwegian folk music award Folkelarmprisen 2016.

Ingfrid has completed a fellowship in artistic research through the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme.  Her project: “A Play with Traditions, interpreting and performing between folk and pianism” was approved through viva voce examination in 2017. She is artistic director of the Winter Chamber Music Festival in Røros 2016-2017.



asamisimasa was founded in 2001 by musicians sharing a passion and interest in avant-garde music and its history. Since then the ensemble has premiered numerous cross-media works written especially for them, often contextualized with classical repertoire and historical avant-garde work.

asamisimasa has collaborated with composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, Mathias Spahlinger, Nicolaus A. Huber, Aldo Clementi, Alvin Lucier, Brian Ferneyhough, Helmut Oehring, Clemens Gadenstätter, Klaus Lang, Johannes Kreidler, Joanna Bailie, and extensively with cross-media composers such as Simon Steen-Andersen, Øyvind Torvund, Martin Schüttler, Matthew Shlomowitz, and Trond Reinholdtsen.  The group’s first two recordings, with music by Simon Steen-Andersen (DK) and Øyvind Torvund (NO) were awarded the Norwegian Grammy (Spellemann) for best contemporary music record of the year. Their latest release features works by British composer Laurence Crane.

Photo: Katinka Hustad

Ivar Grydeland plays electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, pedal steel guitar and various electronics in bands like Huntsville (Hubro and Rune Grammofon), Dans les arbres (ECM), Hanne Hukkelberg and country-rock outfit Last Heat. Grydeland’s solo debut “Bathymetric Modes” (Hubro) was released in 2012, after 25 or so releases with various bands and projects over the last 13 years.  Long-time collaborators are in particular Ingar Zach, Tonny Kluften, Xavier Charles, Christian Wallumrød and Hanne Hukkelberg.

Grydeland has been a research fellow at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, under the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme, through which he and the pianist Morten Qvenild have secured funding for a three-year project, ‘Goodbye Intuition’.  In this artistic research project, participants investigate the musical dialogue that arises in the meeting between man and machine.  The project participants create improvisational concepts that represent different meetings between man and machine. These concepts will be presented at several public concerts through the project.