Bendik Hofseth

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Bendik Hofseth
Background information
Born (1962-10-19) 19 October 1962 (age 60)
Oslo, Norway
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Instrument(s)Saxophone, vocals
WebsiteOfficial website
Bendik Hofseth is a protégé of Mike Mainieri. Here both are at a concert on Cosmopolite Scene in Oslo in 2016.

Bendik Hofseth (born 19 October 1962, in Oslo) is a Norwegian jazz musician, who plays the saxophone and sings. He is also a bandleader, and arranges and composes music.[1]


In 1986, while in his early twenties, Hofseth moved from Lørenskog, Norway to New York City. Soon after, he replaced saxophonist Michael Brecker in the band Steps Ahead. Along with Steps Ahead, he has toured worldwide several times since 1987.[1][2]

Hofseth has released seven albums under his own name, and has through the years received numerous awards and honors for them. He has also worked as a record producer for among others Jan Eggum and Kenneth Sivertsen. In addition, he has composed numerous commissioned works, film music and founded a chamber music festival in Fredrikstad. He is today a major figure in the Norwegian and international music organizations. He is chairman of NOPA and by-Larm, and the World Composers Organisation, CIAM, where he represents 2.6 million composers and lyricists worldwide. He was for many years chairman of Phonofile. He is also a director of TONO and NCB, to mention a few.[1]

In 1994 Hofseth presented the commission Metamorfoser at Vossajazz. The piece was written for the Norwegian "Rikskonsertene" and was performed on concert tours in 1994. The concert at Rockefeller in Oslo was recorded and the music released in 1995, with Mike Mainieri (vibraphone), Eivind Aarset (guitar), Anders Jormin (double bass), Talvin Singh (tablas) and Jon Christensen (percussion). Hofseth also work as musical instructor and teacher, and is employed by the Agder University College, where he is central to the development of a new course in Music Management. Here he is also responsible for the conference "Challenge of the New".[3]


As leader[edit]

  • IX (Columbia, 1991)
  • Amuse Yourself (Columbia, 1993)
  • Metamorphoses (Sonet/Verve, 1995)
  • Planets, Rivers and...Ikea (Verve Forecast, 1996)
  • Colours (Sonet/Verve, 1997)
  • Ludo (Kirkelig Kulturverksted, 1997)
  • Smilets Historie (Sonet, 1999)
  • Itaka (Grappa, 2005)
  • XI (Grappa, 2009)
  • Children & Cosmopolitans (JazzCode, 2015)
  • Atonement (C+C, 2018)
  • Trunks (C+C, 2020)

As sideman[edit]

With Arild Andersen

  • Sagn (Kirkelig Kulturverksted, 1990)
  • Arv (Kirkelig Kulturverksted, 1994)
  • Hyperborean (ECM, 1997)

With Jan Eggum

  • Underveis (Grappa, 1991)
  • Nesten Ikke Tilstede (Grappa, 1993)
  • Kjaerlighet & AErlighet 2 (Grappa, 2011)
  • Kjaerlighet & AErlighet 3 (Grappa, 2011)

With Bjorn Eidsvag

  • Pa Leit (Kirkelig Kulturverksted, 1984)
  • Bjorn's Beste (Kirkelig Kulturverksted, 1985)
  • Dansere I Natten (Kirkelig Kulturverksted, 1986)
  • Allemannsland (Norsk, 1993)

With Helge Iberg

  • Never Ending West Side Story (Kirkelig Kulturverksted, 1997)
  • Halvveis (Curling Legs, 2000)
  • ReHumaniZing (Aurora, 2007)
  • A Musical Offering (Odin, 2017)

With Anne Grete Preus

  • Lav Sol! Hoy Himmel (WEA, 1989)
  • Millimeter (WEA, 1994)
  • Om Igjen for Forste Gang (Warner, 2007)

With Oystein Sevag

  • Close Your Eyes and See (Siddhartha Spiritual, 1989)
  • Link (Siddhartha Spiritual, 1993)
  • Global House (Siddhartha Spiritual, 1994)
  • Caravan (Siddhartha Spiritual, 2005)
  • The Red Album (Siddhartha Spiritual, 2010)

With others


  1. ^ a b c Stendahl, Bjørn. "Bendik Hofseth Biography". Norsk Biografisk Leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  2. ^ Hammerø, Tor (1 September 2005). "Bendik Hofseth: Itaka Review" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  3. ^ Andersson, Adrian Førde (23 February 2012). "Ny teknologi og nye forretningsmodeller" (in Norwegian). Norsk biografisk leksikon. Archived from the original on 23 February 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2012.

External links[edit]

Preceded by Recipient of the Jazz Gammleng-prisen
Succeeded by