David Stephen Grant (b. 1988, Carshalton, England) began his studies in composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH) in 2009 with Peter Tornquist and Bjørn Kruse. Here he also studied with Henrik Hellstenius and Helge Sten, and graduated in 2013 after studies with professor Asbjørn Schaathun.
Grant has had works performed at festivals such as the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival and the SuperCollider Symposium, and besides his primary classical focus he has written music for dance and theatre productions, and worked in other fields of music ranging from heavy metal to pop and electronica. He has worked in close collaboration with a variety of musicians and ensembles, including the string quartet Quartetto Testosterone, percussionist Anders Kregnes Hansen, the Norwegian Wind Ensemble, Munich International Orchestra (DE) and ReDo String Quartet (LV).
Bånsull (Lullaby) is a piece for Viola and Live Electronics, written in 2012 and premiered at NOTAM (Norwegian Centre for Technology in Music and the Arts) October 24 2012 as a part of the Music Technology Days festival. With this piece I wanted to explore the use of fairly simple motives and phrases simultaneously both as foreground musical material and to create the “ensemble” around the solo voice.