Morten Qvenild

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Morten Qvenild
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Morten Qvenild 2010
Background information
Born (1978-08-31) 31 August 1978 (age 41)
Kongsberg, Norway
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
LabelsRune Grammofon
ACT Records
Associated actsSusanna & the Magical Orchestra, Solveig Slettahjell, Jaga Jazzist, Shining

Morten Qvenild (born 31 August 1978 in Kongsberg, Norway) is a Norwegian jazz pianist, band leader and producer.[1][2]


With In the Country, 2010.
Solo concert, 2011.
Quenild and The HyPer (Sonal) Piano
at Vossajazz 2016.

Qvenild started his jazz career in the big band Ung Musikk in 1995, followed by studies on the Jazz program at the Norges Musikkhøgskole. He used to play in Østenfor Sol with Ole Jørn Myklebust among others, with Myklebust's OJ Trio, Shining (1999–2003) and Jaga Jazzist (2000–2002).[3]

Since 2000 Qvenild is the "orchestra" of Susanna & the Magical Orchestra and an original member of Solveig Slettahjell's Slow Motion Quintet as well a duo partner. Beyond these enduring collaborations Qvenild is also involved in the Jon Klette Quartet, The National Bank and he toured with Nils Petter Molvær's Khmer and with Bertine Zetlitz Band (2003 and 2004).

In 2003 Morten Qvenild founded the trio In the Country with co-students Roger Arntzen (bass) and Pål Hausken (drums). They recorded five albums for Rune Grammofon. On the latter two –Whiteout (2009) and the live recorded Sounds and Sights (2011)– the band was joined by multi-instrumentalist Andreas Mjøs. Their last release was issued by the German ACT label.

In 2011 he performed with Marit Larsen a new version of Erik Bye's Vår beste dag. This has become NRK's tune in their profile campaign.[4]

In 2017 He took part, playing multiple instruments such as upright piano, harpsichord, harmonium, dulcitone, mandolinette, autoharp and kokles on a-ha's MTV Unplugged recording of the Live Album, "Summer Solstice" in Giske, Norway and the Subsequent Unplugged tour in Jan and Feb 2018. He also Played keyboards for their "Electric Summer" Tour in June through August 2018.



Solo albums[edit]

  • 2015: Personal Piano (Hubro Music)
  • 2016: The HyPer(Sonal) Piano Project - Towards A (Per)Sonal Topography Of Grand Piano And Electronics (Hubro Music)


In The Country
  • 2005: This Was the Pace of My Heartbeat (Rune Grammofon)[6]
  • 2006: Losing Stones, Collecting Bones (Rune Grammofon)
  • 2009: Whiteout (Rune Grammofon)
  • 2011: Sounds and Sights (Live album with DVD, Rune Grammofon)
  • 2013: Sunset Sunrise (ACT)
Susanna & the Magical Orchestra (Susanna Wallumrød)


  1. ^ "Morten Qvenild – Utgivelser" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
  2. ^ "Morten Qvenild – Utgivelser". Rockipedia. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
  3. ^ "Morten Qvenild". Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  4. ^ "Marit Larsen: – Glimrende initiativ". 2011-01-19. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
  5. ^ "JazzIntro prisen". Moldejazz. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
  6. ^ a b Hammerø, Tor (2009-02-14). "Morten Qvenild Biography" (in Norwegian). Store Norske Leksikon. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
  7. ^ "Musikerprisen til Morten Qvenild". Norsk Musikkinformasjon. 2007-07-07. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
  8. ^ "Susanna og det magiske" (in Norwegian). Norsk Musikkinformasjon Retrieved 2014-04-14.

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Preceded by
Håvard Wiik
Recipient of the Kongsberg Jazz Award
Succeeded by
Helge Lien
Preceded by
Tuva Syvertsen and Erik Sollid (Valkyrien Allstars)
Recipient of the open class Edvardprisen
Succeeded by
Susanna Wallumrød