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Hearsays Follow Composer Geir Johnson’s Cause of Death

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Composer, writer, and initiator of culture projects Geir Johnson’s cause of death has been followed by rumors after he passed away last night (September 16, 20121) at the age of 68. May he rest in peace.

Some unofficial sources confirmed the tragic death news; one of his friends wrote on Twitter to announce his passing, “Just appalled to learn that Norwegian composer and festival director Geir Johnson has left us – such a huge and adventurous force in Norway and far beyond. Such sadness.”

Born in Fredrikstad on June 13, 1953, Geir received his first musical training as a soprano soloist in boys’ choirs in Oslo, accompanied by music training in piano and singing and choral conducting studies with Knut Nystedt.

Composer, writer, and initiator of culture projects

His own show career spanned many years of choral conducting, from a short career as a singer and keyboard player in a rock band to a performance artist in a multi-artist collective named The TRASH Ensemble.

He studied musicology, philosophy, and social sciences at the University of Oslo and the University of Bergen, getting his Ph.D. in 1983. He was visiting scholar at the CCRMA, Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University in 1988-89 and was invited as visiting composer to the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy, in 2010. Johnson was mainly an autodidact as a composer, having written over 60 works for different ensembles, soloists, and occasions.

Geir Johnson was active in concert planning and management, first from the early 1980s at the Henie-Onstad Arts Centre in Oslo, later by establishing the BIT 20 Ensemble and the Music Factory Festival in Bergen.


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What’s Geir Johnson’s Cause of Death?

Although there is no official report about Geir Johnson’s cause of death at this time, some claim he was suffering from COVID-19 in recent years, and it finally led to his passing.

US day News does not confirm any rumors, but our team is trying to find related information about the tragedy and provide the latest updates as soon as possible. Nevertheless, family privacy should be respected at this difficult time.

In the early 1990s, he was one of the founders of the contemporary music theatre company Opera Vest in Bergen; today named The Bergen National Opera, financed over the budget of the Ministry of Culture (Norway).

Composer, writer, and initiator of culture projects


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From 1989 to 1995, he was President of Ny Musikk, the Norwegian section of ISCM, throughout which period the organization also hosted the ISCM World Music Days in 1990. From 1998-2009 he was in charge as Artistic and Managing Director of the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, of which he was also one of the founders.

As part of this work, he also planned and co-developed music projects in many European countries as one of the founding members of the festival network Réseau Varèse in 1999.

Since 2003 he developed Parkteatret, a multi-purpose concert hall with about 250 events a year, without public support, in downtown Oslo.


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Reactions to Death of Geir Johnson

Celebrities’ death news always breaks many hearts; however, fans kindly remember memories, and their idols are alive in their hearts even after death.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Geir Johnson’s family, friends, fans, and all of her loved ones on these tough days. You can also leave a condolence message below the comment box to honor him; Fans widely ask, “what happened to Drake?” So if you have any related information about his death, please share it with us.

Composer, writer, and initiator of culture projects
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Immediately after the tragic news was released, many beloved composer’s friends and fans expressed their sadness on social media by posting their tributes:

A fan wrote, “Very sad news that our friend Geir Johnson passed away last night. We met 20 yrs ago, performing at Ultima Festival, which he was the Director of then and then subsequent visits. A warm and generous man, passionate about art, education, and music.”


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