Sven Lyder Kahrs (1959, Bergen, Norway) studied privately with Finn Mortensen parallel to his studies at Conservatory in Oslo under Kolbjørn Ofstad. From 1984-1989 he studied privately with Brian Ferneyhough and Emmanuel Nunes and attended advanced courses at IRCAM and Royaumont. His music has been performed at the Ultima, Donaueschingen, Tremplin, (EIC/Ircam) Music Factory, Autunnale, Borealis, Magma and Ilios festivals, at Tage für neue Music Zurich, (festival composer) Radio France, Cutting Edge; London, the World New Music Days, the Nordic Music Days; the New Music Concerts; Toronto, de Ijsbreker; Amsterdam, Delmenhorst Neue Musik Tage, Roaring Hooves; Ulan Bator, You and New Chicago, Unseco; Paris, Tou Scene; Stavanger and Troldhaugen; Grieg’s home. Performers of Kahrs’ music have includes ensemble recherche, Ensemble Contrechamps, The Arditti Quartet, asamisimasa, Polygon, Nordic Voices, Ensemble Ernst, The Ametri Quartet, the Helge Slaatto/Frank Reinecke and the Annar Follesø/Helge Kjekshus duos, Pierre Strauch, Anton Lukoszevieze, David Alberman, Rohan de Saram, Sigyn Fossnes, Ole-Henrik Moe, Rolf Borch, Anders Førisdal, Haakon Thelin, Marco Rogliano, Dimitri Vassilakis, Gaute Vikdal, Kari Rønnekleiv, Harry Spaarnay, Ami Flammer, Anne-Lise Berntsen, Sarah Leonard, Ellen Aagaard, Kaja Aadne Thoresen and more. Kahrs has been involved in a number of fine arts collaboration. His string quartet ‘Ein Hauch um nichts’, premiered at the Ultima Festival 2000 by the Arditti Quartet was awarded the Edvard price 2001. (Aurora ACD5035) He also received the prestigious Arne Nordheim composer’s prize 2005. His solo CD “Dew sparrows breath” ACD5017, was nominated to “Spellemannsprisen 2010”.