Jan Erik Kongshaug

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Jan Erik Kongshaug
Born (1944-07-04) 4 July 1944 (age 74)
Trondheim, Norway
Occupation(s)Sound engineering, musician, composer, Band leader
Associated actsRainbow Studio

Jan Erik Kongshaug (born 4 July 1944) is a Norwegian jazz musician (guitar), sound engineer and composer, the son of guitarist John Kongshaug.[1]


Kongshaug was born in Trondheim. During his childhood and adolescence, he began to play the accordion (1950), guitar (1958) and bass (1964). Kongshaug got his examen artium in 1963, and took education in the electronics by the Trondheim Technical School in 1967. Then he worked for Arne Bendiksen Studio (1967–1974) and Talent Studio (1974–79) in Oslo, and undertook some jobs in New York. In 1984, he founded his own recording studio, Rainbow Studio in Oslo and has evolved to be one of the grand masters of Sound engineering.[2] Altogether, he has produced over 4,000 records, and is particularly known for his recordings of some 700 recordings for ECM Records since 1970.[1]

Kongshaug played with Åse Kleveland winning the Norsk Melodi Grand Prix in 1966, and was third in the Eurovision Song Contest (1966). He has also played on dozens of recordings, including with Asmund Bjørken, Frode Thingnæs, Sven Nyhus, Arild Andersen and Frode Alnæs.[1]



  • The Other World (ACT, 1999)
  • All These Years (Ponca Jazz, 2003)


  1. ^ a b c "Jan Erik Kongshaug Biography – SNL.no". Store Norske Leksikon (in Norwegian)
  2. ^ "Rainbow Studios - Jan Erik Kongshaug - Inner-Magazines.com". The Inner World Audio Magazin

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Preceded by
Terje Rypdal
Recipient of the Spellemannprisen Special award
Succeeded by
No Special award
Preceded by
Yngve Sætre & Frank Brodahl
Recipient of the Gammleng-prisen Studio award
Succeeded by