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Martin Romberg (born 03 January 1978) is a Norwegian composer. He is one of the most active orchestral composers in his generation in Scandinavia.[1] He is mostly known for his J.R.R Tolkien and fantasy literature inspired orchestral and choral works.[2] [3]

Martin Romberg
Martin Romberg
Photo: Delphine Margau
Background information
Born (1978-03-01) March 1, 1978 (age 40)
Oslo, Norway
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) Composer
Years active 2006-present
Labels Lawo Classics, Audio Network, Klarthe Records



Being born to a working class family in Oslo, Romberg early moved out of Norway to study classical music at the university of Vienna, Austria. Breaking the bond with modernist tradition and his composition teacher Michael Jarrell, he embraced neo-romanticism from 2006. His works has since been published by Éditions Billaudot in Paris and interpreted by numerous orchestras in the world including The Astana Symphony Orchestra, The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, The Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg, Orchestre national Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, Akademische Orchestervereinigung Göttingen, Mittelsächsische Philharmonie, Orchestre régional de Normandie, Orchestre régional Avignon-Provence, Orchestre de Pau pays de Béarn, Telemark Kammerorkester, Nizhni Novgorod Philharmonic orchestra, Archangel State Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, The Saint-Petersburg Northern Synfonia Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice and Russian Camerata. [4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16] He now lives in southern France.

Style and MusicEdit

Romberg has been associated with the neo-romantic current of composers in his generation in Scandinavia and has on several occasions collaborated with the Norwegian painter Odd Nerdrum.[17] [18] He believes that J.R.R. Tolkien's concept of mythopoeia can be transferred to western classical music to infuse it with new energy, and has used the term Fantasy Music to describe his own music.[19] [20]


He has on several occasions collaborated with other artists, notably the Norwegian electronica band Ulver conducting their live orchestral shows on stage, among others the MG_INC Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.[21] In 2015 his one and a half hour long oratorio "Homériade" based on the mythic texts by the contemporary Greek poet Dimitris Dimitriadis, featuring Robin Renucci and the Orchestre régional Avignon-Provence, closed the 69th Avignon Festival. As a conductor he has worked with London Session Orchestra recording his own album "Norse Mysteries" at Abbey Road Studios.[22]



  • "Fëanor" (after the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien) symphonic poem (2017)
  • "Homériade" (after the text by Dimitris Dimitriadis) oratorio for speaker and orchestra (2015)
  • "Telperion and Laurelin" (after the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien) symphonic poem (2013)
  • "Quendi" (after the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien) symphonic poem (2008)
  • "Véttir" symphonic ouverture (2006)
  • "The Wonderbird" (after a tale from Kazakhstan) symphonic ballet in 13 movements (2006/2008)
  • "Persian Nights" symphonic poem (2005)


  • "Poemata Minora" (after the poems by H.P.Lovecraft) concerto for violin and string orchestra (2015)
  • "Ramayan 3392" concerto for accordion and orchestra (2012/2013)
  • "The Moon" concerto for two violins and orchestra (2009/2010)
  • "The Tale of Taliesin" concerto for alto saxophone and orchestra (2007)

Choral worksEdit

  • "Streghe" (after anicent Etruscan hymns) for girls choir (2012)
  • "Rúnatal" (after stanza 138-146 from Hávamál ) for mixed choir (2012)
  • "Aradia" or the Gospel of the Witches (after Charles Godfrey Leland's collection of writings on pagan witchcraft from Tuscany) for mixed choir (2011/2012)
  • "Eldarinwë Líri" (after elven poems by J.R.R. Tolkien) for girls choir (2009/2010)


Chamber musicEdit

  • "Tableaux Féeriques, les Charmeurs", 13 small pieces for cello and piano (2014)
  • "The Tale of Slaine", for saxophone quartet (2010)
  • "Tableaux Féeriques, les Chuchoteurs", 17 small pieces for alto saxophone and piano (2011)


  • Homériade - Klarthe Records (KLA033), with Orchestre Régional Avignon-Provence, Robin Renucci, 2016
  • Witch Mass - Lawo Music (LWM009) with Grex Vocalis, Det Norske Jentekor and Kammerkoret NOVA, 2015
  • Valaquenta, Tableaux Fantastiques - Lawo Classics (LWC1022) with Aimo Pagin, 2011
  • Sound Waves - Avie Records (AV2266) with Alexandra Silocea, 2013

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