Jan Gunnar Hoff

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Jan Gunnar Hoff
Jan Gunnar Hoff under Bodø Jazz Open 2014.jpg
Hoff was awarded the Buddy-prisen by the Norwegian Jazz Federation during Bodø Jazz Open 2014.
Background information
Born (1958-10-22) 22 October 1958 (age 59)
Bodø, Nordland, Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Piano
Website www.jangunnarhoff.no

Jan Gunnar Hoff (born 22 October 1958 in Bodø) is a Norwegian jazz pianist, composer, arranger and professor, living in Bodø, known from cooperations with jazz musicians like Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Lars Danielsson, John Surman, Karin Krog, Maria Joao, Marilyn Mazur, Anders Jormin, Arve Henriksen, Per Jørgensen, Alex Acuna, Mike Stern, Ernst-Wiggo Sandbakk, Per Mathisen, Arild Andersen, Nils Petter Molvær, Ståle Storløkken, Audun Kleive and Mathias Eick.[1][2][3]


Hoff at Bodø Jazz Open 2013

Hoff is a graduate of the Teachers' College in Bodø and Bergen, and was further educated in the Jazz program at Trondheim Musikkonservatorium under Terje Bjørklund (1986–89), and in composition at Norges Musikkhøgskole (2001). He had his jazz debut with his own trio on Ad Lib Jazzklubb (1976). His background includes classical piano, progressive rock, pop and jazz. His activity includes records and tours with a.o. Norwegian popular artists Halvdan Sivertsen and Jan Eggum, in addition to numerous collaborations with Nordic and international jazz artists.

Hoff has released 13 recordings as soloartist and co-leader and he has composed 200 works for different settings. In 2005 he received the prestigious Edvard-prize (named after Edvard Grieg) for his jazz mass Meditatus and the same year he wrote the commission work for Vossajazz. Hoff's CD Magma (2008) had an international lineup with Mike Stern, Mathias Eick, Maria Joao, Eivind Aarset. Highly acclaimed are also Barxeta feat. Alex Acuña/Per Mathisen (2012) and the US Grammy-nominated Quiet winter night (2L-087). Hoff's latest releases include the solo piano album Living (2L-092) and the Spellemann-nominated Fly North (Musikklosen 2014), feat. Arve Henriksen, Marilyn Mazur and Anders Jormin. In January 2014 Hoff received the Buddy-prize, the highest distinction in Norwegian jazz. In May 2014 he was appointed an official Steinway & Sons Artist. In 2016 Hoff recorded a new solo album, Stories, for 2L and a duo album with mezzo Marianne Beate Kielland, Terra Nova. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, Hoff did solo piano tours in Japan.

Hoff is working as a professor at the University of Tromsø and the University of Agder. He co-founded The Groove Valley JazzCamp in Beiarn, and was artistic director for TGV Jazz camp from 2005 to 2009. Hoff also initiated Bodø Jazz Open which was launched in January 2011, where he is Chairman.



  • FASER, a suite in four movements for the concert debut at FINN 1992
  • Winds, sea and rhythm, for regional musicians Bodø Kommune 2001
  • Blå sitron, for string quartet and jazz trio 2002
  • Meditatus, premiered at Nattjazz in Bodø Domkirke, December 17, 2004 with Bodø Domkor (Edvard Prize in 2005)
  • Free Flow Songs, commissioned for Vossajazz 2005 (tour in 2006)
  • Magma, commissioned work for Jan Gunnar Hoff Group feat. Mike Stern 2006
  • Seven seasons, commissioned work for Festspillene in Harstad 2007
  • Fantasie nr.1, commissioned work for NMFU 2007
  • Songs for trio, commissioned work for Acuna/Hoff/Mathisen CD Jungle City 2008
  • Electric blue, commissioned work for NMFU 2009
  • For ingens øyne, commissioned work for Hamsunjubileet 2009, with Bjørn Sundquist, Audun Kleive, Bjørn Kjellemyr
  • Pictures, commissioned work for Nordland Musikkfestuke 2011, with Knut Erik Sundquist, Unni Wilhelmsen, and others
  • Living, commissioned work for Bodø Jazz Open 2012, with Anders Jormin, Arve Henriksen, Marilyn Mazur
  • Munch, commissioned work for solo piano 2013
  • Hammars suite, composition for jazz trio and string orchestra 2014
  • Terra Nova, commissioned work for Bodø Domkor (and jazz group) 2014
  • Commissioned work for Marianne Beate Kielland 2016


  • 1993: Syklus (Odin Records) w/Kjellemyr, Kleive, Riisnæs
  • 1995: Moving (Curling Legs) w/Kjellemyr, Kleive, Riisnæs, Jørgensen
  • 1998: Crosslands (Curling Legs) w/Kjellemyr, Kleive, Brunborg
  • 2003: In Town (Curling Legs) w/Kjellemyr, Kleive, Brunborg
  • 2007: Meditatus (Grappa Music), with Bodø Domkor
  • 2008: Magma (Grappa Music) feat. Mike Stern (US), Maria Joao (PT)
  • 2009: Jungle City (Alessa Records), with (Alex) Acuna/Hoff/Mathisen
  • 2011: Equilibrium (Magma Music), with Ove Bjørken
  • 2011: Atmospheres (Magma Music), with Ove Bjørken
  • 2011: Acuna/Hoff/Mathisen live in LA (Drumchannel 2011)
  • 2012: Quiet winter night (2L 2012), Arild Andersen, Mathias Eick a.o. Nominated for US Grammy
  • 2012: Barxeta (Losen Records), with Acuna/Hoff/Mathisen
  • 2013: Living (2L) solo piano
  • 2014: Fly North (Losen Records), w/Marilyn Mazur, Arve Henriksen, Anders Jormin. Nominated for Spellemann (Norwegian Grammy)
  • 2014: Stille Lys/Quiet Light (2L) solo piano
  • 2016: Stories (2L) solo piano
  • 2017: Terra Nova (Lawo classics) duo with mezzo soprano Marianne Beate Kielland
  • 2018: Polarity (2L), w/Anders Jormin, Audun Kleive

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jan Gunnar Hoff - Konsert Fore Kirke Meloy.Kommune.no". Archived from the original on 2013-02-23.
  2. ^ "Jan Gunnar Hoff Biography - SNL.no". Archived from the original on 2013-10-20. Store Norske Leksikon (in Norwegian)
  3. ^ a b c d e "Hoff, Jan Gunnar Biography - Norsk Jazzarkiv MIC.no". Archived from the original on 2016-01-16. (in Norwegian)

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Preceded by
Øystein Norvoll
Recipient of the Stubøprisen
Succeeded by
Trond Sverre Hansen
Preceded by
Susanne Lundeng
Recipient of the Nordlysprisen
Succeeded by
Anneli Drecker
Preceded by
Tore Brunborg
Recipient of the Buddyprisen
Succeeded by
Erlend Skomsvoll