Hollywood Music in Media Award and International Film Music Critics Association Award winning film and video game composer Knut Avenstroup Haugen is known for his talent for melody, his versatility and his ability to create iconic and unforgettable scores. Having studied composition, orchestration, piano and musicology in his native Norway and the Netherlands, his Norwegian heritage, classical training and roots in the European/Russian orchestral repertoire is apparent in his work. As is his talent for assimilating musical styles and traditions. Ranging from the most intimate and delicate to massive orchestra and choir arrangements, Haugens film- and video game scores have received major awards and nominations.
Haugen composed the Hollywood Music in Media Award nominated music for the video game LORDS OF THE FALLEN and his film THE CHRISTMAS OF SOLAN AND LUDVIG has become the third most seen film of all time in Norwegian movie theaters – including foreign releases. Haugen’s score for his debut motion picture Fuck Up was nominated for an Amanda Award (Norwegian Film Awards).
Among his best known works are the acclaimed scores for the AGE OF CONAN series of video games: HYBORIAN ADVENTURES (International Film Music Critics Association Award winner; Hollywood Music in Media Award-, Game Audio Network Guild Award- and Ten Ton Hammer Best of the Decade Award nominee), RISE OF THE GODSLAYER (Hollywood Music in Media Award-, Game Audio Network Guild Award- and Game Music Award nominee), SAVAGE COAST OF TURAN (Hollywood Music in Media Award winner) and SECRETS OF DRAGON’S SPINE (Hollywood Music in Media Award nominee).
Haugen has composed music for many grand occasions and events, like the WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS, the 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF EDVARD MUNCH’s FRESCOS in the University of Oslo Aula, the 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OSLO, the OSLO OPERA FESTIVAL, the 200th ANNIVERSARY OF HENRIK WERGELAND (Norway’s national poet), the HARPA – NORDIC FILM COMPOSER AWARDS and SPELLEMANNSPRISEN (Norwegian Music Awards). His works have been performed at numerous concerts across Norway and Sweden by prominent Scandinavian orchestras and ensembles, including the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, the Dalasinfonietta and choir, the Oslo Philharmonic Choir and the Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces. His scores have been recorded across Europe by orchestras like the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Bratislava Symphony Orchestra, the Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra and with members of the Royal Philharmonia Orchestra, the Norwegian Soloist Choir and the Oslo Opera Choir.