Knut Avenstroup Haugen is a multi award winning Norwegian composer, orchestrator and music producer. In addition to music for film and games, his works include concert music for orchestras and chamber ensembles, pop music and even a musical. Among his best known works are the highly acclaimed orchestral scores for Norwegian game developer Funcom’s massively multiplayer online game “Age of Conan – Hyborian Adventures” and its expansion packs “Rise of the Godslayer”, “The Savage Coast of Turan” and “Secrets of Dragon’s Spine”. Knut is currently scoring the highly anticipated stop-motion animated feature “Christmas in Pinchcliffe”.
Knut has been commissioned to compose music for numerous occasions: The World Ski Championships, the 200th anniversary of the University of Oslo, the bicentennial of Norway’s national poet Henrik Wergeland and the Oslo Opera Festival – for which he was also elected Festival Composer.
Knut has been honored with awards and nominations from the International Film Music Critics Association Awards, the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, the Amandas (Norwegian Film Awards), the Game Audio Network Guild Awards, the Ten Ton Hammer Best of the Decade Awards and the Game Music/Square Enix Music Online Awards.
Knut was educated as a composer, orchestrator, pianist and musicologist at the conservatories of Kristiansand (Norway) and Utrecht (The Netherlands) and at the University of Oslo. In addition to his composing career, Knut is also a popular guest lecturer at universities and colleges in Norway.