Espen Wensaas

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Espen Wensaas
BornNovember 14, 1986 (1986-11-14) (age 36)
Ringerike, Norway
GenresFolk music, jazz, musical improvisation
Instrument(s)Mandolin, cittern, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, tin whistle, bukkehorn, piano
Years active2008–present

Espen Wensaas (born November 14, 1986) is a Norwegian musician and multi-instrumentalist (most notably mandolin, cittern and guitar) residing in Oslo, Norway. He is mostly known for performing Norwegian and Scandinavian folk music on guitar and modern cittern.


Wensaas started his musical education at Toneheim Folk High School in 2004, where he was studying classical guitar and other music related subjects. Later on he continued his classical training in Ringerike High School in Hønefoss. After high school Wensaas moved to Stavanger in 2009 to study jazz guitar[1] at the University of Stavanger. He moved to Oslo in 2010 and was admitted to a bachelor's degree in musical performance at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.[2] He graduated from the academy in 2015, also receiving the highest grade possible on his final exam concert. In 2018 he became the first student admitted to the masters program in the folk department at the same academy with guitar and cittern as the main instruments. He finished his master's degree in 2020.

Professional career[edit]

Wensaas has worked as a freelance[3] musician since 2008. He has gone on tours and played many concerts and performances with several different groups and projects. Amongst his collaborations are Åse Kleveland, Stian Carstensen, Steinar Ofsdal, Unni Løvlid, Aslak Brimi, Bjørn Kåre Odde, Jelena Tomasevic, Silje Nergaard, Elin Kåven, Carl Morten Iversen, FRIKAR, KORK,[4] Tore Bruvoll, Emil Solli Tangen and Ståle Ytterli.


  1. ^ "All About Jazz Biography". All About Jazz.
  2. ^ "Unge Nordiske jazz – og improvisasjonsmusikere". NMH.
  3. ^ Wensaas, Espen. "Nøkkelopplysninger fra Enhetsregisteret". Brønnøysundregistrene.
  4. ^ Espen Wensaas with KORK