Lene Grenager studied composition and the cello at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo under Aage Kvalbein (cello), Olav Anton Thommessen and Alfred Janson (composition). She has also attended seminars and lectures with the following composers: Louis Andriessen, Gerard Grisey, George Benjamin, Brian Ferneyhough, Magnus Lindberg, Philip Manoury, Iannis Xenakis, Tristan Murail, Klas Torstensson, Alejandro Vinao, Bent Sørensen, James Dillon, Trevor Wishart and Judith Weir.
From the Norwegian State, Grenager received the annual work grant for Young Artists from 2002 till 2004. She has also been awarded grants from Komponistenes vederlagsfond and TONO. In 2002 she was awarded the Lindeman Prize for young composers. From 1999 till 2001 she held a scholarship position in composition at Agder University College. From 1998 she is a member of the Norwegian Society of Composers.
Grenager cooperates with several ensembles and single musicians (see list of works). She finds it important that the musicians own voices and choices are reflected in the performances of her works but simultaneously that the core of the work is clearly defined from her hand. This has resulted in a great variety of notational techniques and richness in detail in the different scores. Grenagers work as performing improvisational musician has also influenced her compositions. She has also cooperated closely with dancers, visual artists and actors.
Lene Grenagers works has been performed in the Nordic countries and in Germany and her music is regularly broadcasted. As a member of the improv ensemble SPUNK she plays concerts all over Europe.
Lene appears on the following SOFA-releases
- Eivind Buene «Asymmetrical Music» (conductor)