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Rolf Løvland (born 19 April 1955, Kristiansand) is a Norwegian composer. Together with Fionnuala Sherry, he formed the celtic group Secret Garden, where he played as the composer/producer/keyboardist. 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 Masters degree from the Norwegian Institute of Music in Oslo. He is maybe most recognised for composing the song You Raise Me Up, which has been covered more than 125 times.

Løvland has previously 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.

Løvland was a foreign exchange student in Shawnee, Oklahoma USA for a year while in high school.

Awards

  • Norwegian Grammy Award (pre-1995)
  • Winner of the National radio chart "Song of the year-award"
  • Grand Prix winner of the Eurovision Song Contest twice (1985 with "La det swinge" and 1995 with "Nocturne")
  • Four times winner of the Norwegian selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, the so-called Melodi Grand Prix.

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