Svein Olav Herstad

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Svein Olav Herstad
Born (1969-07-07) 7 July 1969 (age 48)
Odda, Hordaland, Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Piano, keyboards
Labels Jazzaway
Ponca Jazz
Associated acts Anders Aarum Trio
Funky Butt

Svein Olav Herstad (born 7 July 1969 in Odda, Norway)[1] is a jazz pianist, known from his own bands and several recordings with musicians like Sonny Simmons, Jan Erik Kongshaug, Nils-Olav Johansen, Harald Johnsen, and Per Oddvar Johansen.[2][3]


Herstad studied music at Musikkskolen in Haugesund, and is a graduate from the Jazz program at Trondheim Musikkonsevatorium, (1990–93). He started the band Svein Olav Herstad trio during his studies in Trondheim. With different lineups the band has released a series of albums, performing Herstad's own compositions. After moving to Oslo (1996–2001) he played within Jan Erik Kongshaug's quartet on two albums (1998, 2003).[2] Living in Haugesund from 2001, he has been engaged with the festival Sildajazz, as well as being a part of the Christina Bjordal Band.


Solo piano[edit]

Svein Olav Herstad Trio (including Magne Thormodsæter and Håkon Mjåset Johansen)[edit]

As leader[edit]

Collaborative works[edit]

Within Jan Erik Kongshaug trio including Harald Johnsen & Per Oddvar Johansen

  • 1998: The Other World (ACT)
  • 2003: All These Years (Hot Club)

Within Christina Bjordal Band

With Organ Jam

  • 2013: Organics (Normann)


  1. ^ "Svein Olav Herstad Biography". Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  2. ^ a b Stendahl, Bjørn. "Jan Erik Kongshaug". Norsk Biografisk Leksikon. Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  3. ^ "About Sonny Simmons Biography". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  4. ^ Kagge, Stein (12 March 2007). "Ny sterk trio – Inventio Review" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 

External links[edit]

Official website

Preceded by
Egil Kapstad
Recipient of the Sildajazzprisen
Succeeded by
Dag Arnesen