Espen Wensaas

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Espen Wensaas
Espen Wensaas with mandolin. Photo by Stine Østby.
Espen Wensaas with mandolin. Photo by Stine Østby.
Background information
BornNovember 14, 1986 (1986-11-14) (age 34)
Ringerike, Norway
GenresFolk music, classical music, bluegrass music, jazz, musical improvisation
InstrumentsMandolin, 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, mandolin-family instruments and guitar) residing in Oslo, Norway. He is widely used in the Norwegian music scene for his abilities to play different musical genres in addition to being able to improvise. This has led him to work with television,[1] theater[2] and miscellaneous collaborations with musicians from folk,[3] pop, classical,[4] jazz, and other genres.[5]


Wensaas started his musical education at Toneheim Folk High School in 2004. There 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[6] 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.[7] He graduated from the academy in 2015, also receiving the highest grade possible on his final exam concert.

Professional career[edit]

Wensaas has worked as a freelance[8] musician since 2008. He has gone on tours and played many concerts and performances with several different groups and projects. Amongst his collaborations are Steinar Ofsdal, Unni Løvlid, Aslak Brimi, Bjørn Kåre Odde, Jelena Tomasevic, Silje Nergaard, Elin Kåven, Carl Morten Iversen, FRIKAR, Tore Bruvoll, Emil Solli Tangen and Ståle Ytterli.


  1. ^ "NRK – Stjernekamp 2013". YouTube.
  2. ^ "Svanhild" by Henrik Ibsen at the Theatre of Cruelty
  3. ^ "Nordafjells". YouTube.
  4. ^ "A. Piazzolla – Oblivion". YouTube.
  5. ^ "Intimt i middelalderkirken". Østlandets Blad.
  6. ^ "All About Jazz Biography". All About Jazz.
  7. ^ "Unge Nordiske jazz – og improvisasjonsmusikere". NMH.
  8. ^ Wensaas, Espen. "Nøkkelopplysninger fra Enhetsregisteret". Brønnøysundregistrene.