Ragnhild Berstad (b. 1956 in Oslo) was relatively late in starting her career as a composer. In return, her dedication to creating a unique sonic space has been total, and the production from early –90s and up until today easily places her among the most interesting younger Norwegian composers today. On Respiro Berstad proves capable of maintaining unity in the diverse settings of the music.
The fact that Berstad’s music finds its way to many different types of ensembles and performers is very encouraging. Both the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Affinis and Oslo Chamber Choir participates on this recording. The Arditti Quartett also contributes with a sparkling performance of Toreuma from the world premiere at the Ultima-festival 2001.
Berstad is not likely to be out of work in the future either. Commissions from Oslo Sinfonietta, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Presence festival in Paris 2005 are just some of the new things she is working on right now.