Thorolf Thuestad is a sound artist, composer, sound designer, and art and music technician. He studied musicology, music technology and composition at the University of Trondheim, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at the Utrecht School of arts where he graduated with an MA.
Thorolf has worked extensively with stage arts, contemporary music and sound installations, and has among other things toured around the world with the New York Bessie award-winning art collective Verdensteatret. He has, as part of Transiteatret, received multiple Norwegian Hedda prizes, and a Gabler prize.
Thorolf has created sound design for full scale operas performed at the Norwegian Opera and internationally, and for a main stage production at The National Stage in Bergen. He has also scored a number of short and feature films. He is much sought after as a specialist in the realization of electronic and electroacoustic music, and has worked extensively with live electronics in contemporary music, recently co-oporating with composer Knut Vaage for the 250th anniversary of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
In the period 2004-2007 Thorolf held the position of director of sound and music at The Bergen Center for Electronic Arts (BEK). In 2011 he instigated the formation of the art collective An Index of Collisions, a Bergen based constellation that create kinetic sculptures, musical instruments, text, stage art and film, with the aim of creating a fertile interplay between these elements.
Thorolf Thuestad has twice been awarded the Norwegian Arts Council one year artist’s stipend.
As well as developing three projects for Neither Nor (The Art of Violin Playing (full version), Heiner Müller’s Die Hamletmaschine and Kafka Underground, the latter two both with Scènes Théâtre Cinéma, Lyon), Thorolf is currently developing a new electroacoustic opera based on the life of Tyco Brahe in collaboration with Ursus Productions: Roar Sletteland, Sigurd Fischer Olsen and Lena Buchacz.
Thorolf Thuestad is also a member of Bergen’s Bit20 ensemble, with responsibility for sound and performance electronics in their productions.
Photo: Monika Sandnesmo.