27th August 1858
7th September 1935
Per Winge was a Norwegian conductor, pianist and composer, known primarily for his vocal works. Born in Christiania, he studied with Edmund Neupert, Johan Svendsen and Otto Winter-Hjelm. He was music director of Musikselskabet Harmonien (nowBergen Philharmonic Orchestra) from 1886 until 1893, and was also conductor of the Norwegian Studentersangforeningen from 1916 to 1919. His parents were Axel Winge and Elisabeth Marie (Betzy) Lasson. His mother's side of the family produced many vocalists, including Christian Lasson (1830-1893), composer Nils Lasson, and Bredo Lasson. His sister, Lizzie Winge, was also a pianist, and they would both appear in concert with violinist Johan Halvorsen(1864-1935). Among Winge's compositions are the children's songs Kjære lille gutten min (Dear Little Boy of Mine) and Jeg synger for min lille venn (I’m Singing for My Little Friend).