Jan Erik Kongshaug

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Jan Erik Kongshaug
Born(1944-07-04)4 July 1944
Trondheim, Norway
Died5 November 2019(2019-11-05) (aged 75)
Occupation(s)Sound engineering, musician, composer, Band leader

Jan Erik Kongshaug (4 July 1944 – 5 November 2019) was a Norwegian sound engineer, jazz guitarist, and composer.


Kongshaug was born in Trondheim, the son of guitarist John Kongshaug.[1] During his childhood and adolescence, he began to play the accordion (1950), guitar (1958) and bass (1964). Kongshaug gained his examen artium in 1963, and trained in electronics at the Trondheim Technical School in 1967. Then he worked for the 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 evolved into being one of the grand masters of Sound engineering.[2] Altogether, he produced over 4,000 records, and was particularly known for some 700 recordings for ECM Records made from 1970 onwards.[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 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