In 2009, Arianna Savall and Petter Udland Johansen founded the group Hirundo Maris, specialising in early music from the Middle Ages to the Baroque, as well as their own compositions and early fusion. Their creative core is Mediterranean and Nordic music, the fruit of their extensive musical partnership. Like a migratory bird, they retrace the routes across seas and music that have linked Scandinavia with the Iberian Peninsula since time immemorial.
Petter Udland Johansen was born in Oslo Norway, where he received his first musical lessons in singing, violin and piano. He studied music at the Music academy of Norway where he got his diploma In 1996. From 1997 until 2000 he studied early music at Schola cantorum Baseliensis with Richard Levitt as his teacher. Later he studied privately with the German Tenor Hans Peter Blochwitz in Basel. Petter is a singer, conductor, composer and instrumentalist with a wide musical specter. He feels at home as well in the classical music as he does it popular and folk music.