Olga Konkova

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Olga Konkova
Konkova at the 2016 Oslo Jazzfestival
Konkova at the 2016 Oslo Jazzfestival
Background information
Born (1969-08-25) 25 August 1969 (age 50)
Moscow, Russia
InstrumentsPiano, keyboards, accordion
LabelsLosen, Curling Legs
WebsiteOlga Konkova on Myspace

Olga Konkova (born 25 August 1969) is a Norwegian–Russian jazz pianist known from several recordings and collaboration with jazz musicians such as Adam Nussbaum, Gary Husband and Karin Krog.[1][2]


Konkova was educated as classical pianist in Moscow, and later as jazz pianist at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she met her husband, the bassist Per Mathisen. After moving with him to Oslo in 1994, she collaborated with Inge Stangvik Quartet and the "Storeslem Big Band". In her own Olga Konkova Trio she collaborates with her husband on bass and various drummers (Adam Nussbaum/Stein Inge Brækhus/Gary Husband). She has also collaborated within "Sernet Å Fyre" and Norske Store Orkester.[1] Konkova has also contributed to album releases and performances with artists like Finn Hauge, Magni Wentzel (Porty & Bess), Roy Nikolaisen (Roy's choice), Øystein Sunde ("Øystein Sunde... og vel så det", 2002)[3] and Hans Mathisen (Quiet Songs).[4]



As leader/co-leader[edit]

Year recorded Title Label Notes
1996? Going with the Flow Curling Legs Trio, with Carl Morten Iversen, Audun Kleive
1997 Northern Crossings Candid With Ole Mathisen (soprano sax, tenor sax), Per Mathisen (bass), Jojo Mayer (drums)[5]
1997–98 Her Point of View Candid Some tracks solo piano; some tracks trio, with Per Mathisen (bass), Adam Nussbaum (drums)[6][5]
1997–2001 Some Things from Home Candid Trio, with Per Mathisen (bass), Jon Christensen and Adam Nussbaum (drums; separately)[5]
2006? Unbound Alessa duo with Per Mathisen
2009? Improvisational Four Caprice Solo piano; improvisations inspired by Joni Mitchell[7]
2010? My Voice Losen With Wenche Losnegård (vocals); most tracks trio with Per Hillestad (percussion, drums) added; one track quartet, with Knut Hem (effects) added; one track trio with Paolo Vinaccia (percussion) replacing Hillestad[8]
2011 Return Journey Losen Solo piano[9]
2015 The Goldilocks Zone Losen Trio, with Per Mathisen (bass), Gary Husband (drums, percussion)[10]
2016 December Songs Losen Duo, with Jens Thoresen (guitar)[11][12]
2017 Old Songs Losen Duo, with Jens Thoresen (guitar)[13][14]


With Finn Hauge
With Magni Wentzel
With Roy Nikolaisen
With Hans Mathisen
With Helge Sunde and Ensemble Denada


  1. ^ a b "Olga Konkova Biografi" (in Norwegian). Norsk Musikkinformasjon MIC.no. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Olga Konkova Biografi". Store Norske Leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  3. ^ ""Øystein Sunde... og vel så det"". Spinner.no. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Olga Konkova Biografi". Gubemusic.com. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. pp. 840–841. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  6. ^ Mosnes, Terje (29 June 1999). "Olga Konkova: Her point of view Review". Dagbladet. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  7. ^ Wicklund, Erling (26 November 2009). "Olga Konkova på direkten" (in Norwegian). NRK Jazz. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  8. ^ "My Voice: Olga Konkova". losenrecords.no. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Return Journey: Olga Konkova". losenrecords.no. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  10. ^ "The Goldilocks Zone: Olga Konkova". losenrecords.no. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  11. ^ Hadley, Frank-John (December 2017). "Stellar Stocking Stuffers". DownBeat. p. 87.
  12. ^ "December Songs: Olga Konkova & Jens Thoresen". losenrecords.no. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  13. ^ Thackara, Geno (5 November 2017). "Olga Konkova & Jens Thoresen: Old Songs". All About Jazz.
  14. ^ "Old Songs: Olga Konkova & Jens Thoresen". losenrecords.no. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  15. ^ Hammerø, Tor (8 September 2005). "Hans Mathisen, Quiet Songs" (in Norwegian). Puls.no. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  16. ^ "Olga Konkova Discography". Discogs.com. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  17. ^ Kelman, John (12 November 2009). "Helge Sunde Ensemble Denada: Finding Nymo (2009)". All About Jazz. Retrieved 7 July 2015.

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Preceded by
Eldbjørg Raknes
Recipient of the Jazz class Gammleng-prisen
Succeeded by
Dag Arnesen