b. 1957, Norway

Wallin, born in Oslo, studied composition at the Norwegian State Academy of Music, with Finn Mortensen and Olav Anton Thommessen. In the mid-80's he spent one year at University of California, San Diego, where he studied with Joji Yuasa, Roger Reynolds and Vinko Globokar.

He started his career as a composer while performing in experimental jazz and rock groups. One may find many traces of these early years in later works, especially works for some of the most important performance art and contemporary dance theatre groups in Norway, such as Passage Nord, Dans Design and Scirocco. "To play with music" - with a series of diverse connotations - might seem an appropriate description of these parts of Wallin's work, where musical intuition and artistic interchange with other media are dominant.

He has produced works for a wide range of instrumental combinations, from commissions for the Oslo Philharmonic and Trondheim Symphony orchestras, to large-scale music theatre events for the Molde International Jazz Festival and the World Music Days in Oslo (1990). Besides this, he has taken part in Norwegian musical life as a music critic and essayist in Dagbladet and Ballade, and as a teacher at the Norwegian State Academy of Music.

Artist Compositions


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06/04/2006 Fanfare Listen Close

The Toronto Fanfare Project, a series of eclectic concerts presented as part of the 2006 soundaXis festival of music and architecture, offered an elaborate five-day welcome to this rich literature for brass ensemble, animating some of the great architectural and acoustical masterpieces in the core of Toronto with a celebration of the music of Canada and its northern neighbours.