Christian Lamøy Stahr (Stahrmusic) is a Norwegian composer, orchestrator and pianist based in New York. He received his undergraduate degree in Musicology and Composition from The University of Oslo and the Norwegian Academy of Music, and his Masters of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Writing at the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
He began his formal music career during military service in His Majesty the King’s Guard as a trumpet and piano player, musical arranger and composer. He served as the pianist for the Norwegian Royal family, and also during official government dinners. At the end of his service in the King’s Guard, he received a grant for his work there. He continues to work as an orchestrator and music arranger for smaller and larger ensembles.
His New York debut as a composer came with the short musical "You Can't Sing", written with Maria Alexandria Beech (Book) and Christie Baugher (Lyrics) which premiered at Sticky's Poetry Club in the fall of 2010. In 2011, he wrote music for the short musical "The Call" for Sticky's with the same creative team, and for the short musical "The Champagne Fountain" written with Kate Thomas (Book/Lyrics) at Duplex's "Funny Business" night of works. His full length musical, "Let's Be Frank" written with Zayre Ferrer (Book/Lyrics) received an Equity reading in 2012 featuring the talents of Alex Gemignani, Hannah Elless and Doreen Montalvo among others.
Recent works include composer and sound designer for several web series and short films, most notably the short film, “Sunnyside”, written and directed by Youngki Jin, which was presented at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015, as well as music director for Burning Coal Theatre’s production of “Sunday in the Park with George” in Raleigh, NC. Additionally, Christian is the composer and music director for the annual production of the family show “St. Olaf the Lucky One”, which tells the story of St. Olaf, the founder of his hometown, Sarpsborg, through a lot of humor.
Christian co-founded Stahr & Skappel with Hilde Skappel in 2016, and co-founded Teater4Real with Silje L. Waters & Martine B. Lundberg in 2015, after writing their first musical, '4 Real'. This musical was performed at the first musical theatre festival in Norway, Musikal-i-teten, and had a school tour in fall 2016. He is also the pianist for the Dramatists Guild Fund and music assistant for composer Ron Passaro. Currently, Christian is composing the music for the opening ceremony of Fredrikstad's 450th Anniversary and Winter Classic.