Kristian Bergheim

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Kristian Bergheim
Born (1926-06-06)6 June 1926
Bærum, Norway
Died 30 May 2010(2010-05-30) (aged 83)
Occupation(s) saxophonist
Instruments Tenor saxophone
Years active 1944–1990
Labels Gemini Records
Associated acts Rowland Greenberg
Karl Otto Hoff
Appaloosa Mainstream Ensemble
Per Borthen Swing Dept. Ltd
Totti Bergh

Kristian Bergheim (6 June 1926 in Bærum – 30 May 2010) was a noted saxophonist, considered one of the few in Norway of international caliber.[1]


Bergheim was raised in Asker and in Stabekk in the neighboring municipality Bærum, where he lived most of his life. He played in a number of bands and orchestras before devoting his professional life to music, in 1948. He was repeatedly named best Norwegian saxophonist when such contests were common in the 1950s and 1960s.[1]

He led his own bands and orchestras starting in 1960, focusing mostly on swing. He won the highest Norwegian jazz award, Buddyprisen, in 1978 and the Gammleng-prisen in 1991. Because of a lung ailment, he retired in 1990.[2]

Bergheim was for some time married to noted singer and actress Anita Thallaug.



  • Jazz in Norway, volume 1 (RCA, 1954)
  • Arvid Gram Paulsen, Mikkel Flagstad, Kristian Bergheim (1977, Herman)
  • Liva at Malla, (1977, Norjazz)
  • Rainbow Session - vol 2, with Bjarne Nerem, Kristian Bergheim (1990) OCP 101-2


  1. ^ a b c Hansen, Jan Ditlev (2010-06-08). "Kristian Bergheim in memoriam" (in Norwegian). Oslo: Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. 
  2. ^ Stendahl, Bjørn (2010-06-02). "Kristian Bergheim er død" (in Norwegian). Oslo: The Norwegian Jazz Archives. Archived from the original on 2011-02-06. 

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Preceded by
Egil Kapstad
Recipient of the Buddyprisen
Succeeded by
Guttorm Guttormsen
Preceded by
Terje Rypdal
Recipient of the Jazz Gammleng-prisen
Succeeded by
Knut Riisnæs