Bendik Hofseth

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Bendik Hofseth
Bendik Hofseth Jazz på Jølst 2017 (203341).jpg
Background information
Born (1962-10-19) 19 October 1962 (age 55)
Origin Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Saxophone, vocals
Website Official 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, Norway) is a Norwegian jazz musician, who plays the saxophone and sings. He is also a bandleader, and arranges and composes music.[1]


When Bendik Hofseth went to New York in 1987, and replaced the world-famous saxophonist Michael Brecker in the band Steps Ahead, it probably came as a surprise to many. A youngster from Lørenskog, Norway in the jazz capital of New York, lining up for one of the most renowned jazz bands in US. 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]


Solo albums[edit]

  • 1991: IX (Columbia)
  • 1993: Amuse Yourself (Columbia)
  • 1995: Metamorfoser (Sonet / Verve), live at Rockefeller in Oslo, 1994
  • 1996: Planets, Rivers And...Ikea (Sonet / Verve)
  • 1996: Colours (Columbia), with Django Bates, Anders Jormin, Eivind Aarset & Audun Kleive
  • 1997: Ludo (Kirkelig Kulturverksted), with Anne-Lise Berntsen & Helge Iberg
  • 1999: Smilets Historie (Sonet)
  • 2004: Itaka (Grappa)[2]
  • 2016: Children & Cosmopolitans (JazzCode)
  • 2017: Rathkes Gate 12:21:58 (Oslo Session Recordings), with Jacob Young and Paolo Vinaccia

Collaborative works[edit]

Within Steps Ahead
  • 1989: N.Y.C. (Capitol Records, Intuition Records)
  • 1992: Yin-Yang (NYC Records)
With other projects


  1. ^ a b c Stendahl, Bjørn. "Bendik Hofseth Biography". Norsk Biografisk Leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
  2. ^ a b Hammerø, Tor (1 September 2005). "Bendik Hofseth: Itaka Review" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-12-02.
  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 2012-12-02.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Knut Riisnæs
Recipient of the Jazz Gammleng-prisen
Succeeded by
Totti Bergh