Risto Holopainen (b. 1970 in Sweden) studied composition in Härnösand, Sweden (1990-93) and at the Norwegian State Academy of Music with Lasse Thoresen and Yngve Slettholm (1994-98), and musicology at the university in Oslo (1999-2001). During 2008-2012 he was a PhD research fellow at the Department of Musicology, University of Oslo, with a project on self-organised sound with autonomous instruments.

The list of compositions include instrumental works commissioned by several Norwegian ensembles, electroacoustic music, text-sound composition and videos. He was a co-editor of the Norwegian contemporary music journal Parergon since its start in 1997 and until 2007. On rare occasions, he has performed improvised music on keyboards and hawaii guitar, amongst others with the electronic trio (x,y,z) and the trio Hunger. In 1992-1996 he contributed to the degeneration of Swedish folk music as a pianist in the ensemble Sälta. Other activities include computer animation and composing music for dance in collaboration with choreographer Vivild Bergersen. He has collaborated with Matvik Crew (Hans Georg Kohler and Hilde E. Brunstad) in the performance Haben Sie Seid in 2013.

In 2008 his Garbage Collection was released on MERE records, which was awarded the Spellemann prise in 2009. Since then, a few other albums have been released.

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