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Rolf Løvland

Biography

Rolf Undsæt Løvland (b. 19 April 1955, Kristiansand, Norway) is a composer and lyricist.

He began composing at an early age (he formed a band at the age of nine) and grew up studying at the Kristiansand Music Conservatory, later receiving his master's degree from the Norwegian Institute of Music in Oslo. Løvland was a foreign exchange student in Shawnee, Oklahoma for a year while in high school.

Together with Fionnuala Sherry, he formed the Celtic-Nordic group Secret Garden, in which he was the composer, producer, and keyboardist.

He is maybe most recognised for composing the song You Raise Me Up, which, according to Rolf Løvland in an interview with Radio Norge in February 2010, has been covered more than 500 times thus far.

Løvland has won the Eurovision Song Contest twice, composing the songs La det swinge in 1985 and Nocturne in 1995 alongside Secret Garden, resulting in Norway's first two titles. In 2006 he composed the music for The Mermaid Chair, a television movie.


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