Frøydis Grorud (born December 5, 1974 Skien) is a Norwegian saxophonist, flute player and composer, now living in Drammen. Grorud is educated at the University of Agder (formerly Rhythmic Music Conservatory) and the Norwegian Academy of Music. In March 2009, her first solo CD, Himmeldryss, was released – an instrumental album where she interprets familiar hymns. She also released the album Melting Sound on Jazzland Recordings with Bugge Wesseltoft as producer. Other releases include the jazz/hymn project Psalmfulness with pianist and organist Ulf Nilsen, Duften av liv with pianist and vocalist Trude Kristin Klæboe, folk/jazz project Blåsang with traditional singer Anne Gravir Klykken (Jazzland Rec.) and Christmas albums Stille som snø and Sanger om glede og fred, the latter in collaboration with vocalist Torun Eriksen (both Jazzland Rec.). Frøydis Grorud was co-composer on the CD Markblomster og potteplanter ; Grorud and co-composer Espen Gjelstad Gundersen composed 15 selected poems by Henrik Ibsen for this album. In the winter of 2019/20, her new jazz album with her own compositions End of a beautiful story (Jazzland rec.) is released. Joining her are Torjus Vierli on piano, Hermund Nygård on drums, and Magne Thormodsæter on double bass.
She has been the regular saxophonist on the national television NRK’s Beat for Beat music show from 1999 to 2019. The band leader is pianist Trond Lien. The band currently also consists of guitarist Per Einar Watle, bassist Erik Højgaard Anti and drummer Ole Petter Hansen Chylie.
In addition, Grorud has collaborated with a number of the country’s artists and musicians, ranging from the jazz musicians Bugge Wesseltoft and Torun Eriksen to Nora Brockstedt, Ingebjørg Bratland, Samuel Ljungblahd, Rita Eriksen, Ole Paus and Erik Bye. Frøydis Grorud has over the last years produced and arranged a number of concerts in the series Frøydis inviterer… at both Drammen Teater and Chat Noir in Oslo. These concerts have been a great success and have been very popular with the audience.
Grorud won a County Culture Prize twice; once in the county of Telemark (2010) and once in the county of Buskerud (2018).