Torstein Lofthus

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Torstein Lofthus
Torstein Lofthus 3 at Nattjazz 2016.jpg
Lofthus with Red Kite at Nattjazz 2016.
(Photo by Knut Andersen)
Background information
Born (1977-03-10) 10 March 1977 (age 40)
Øystese, Hordaland
Origin Norway
Genres Prog rock, jazz
Instruments Drums
Years active 1987 - present
Associated acts Elephant9, Red Kite

Torstein Lofthus (born 10 March 1977, in Øystese, Kvam, Norway) is a Norwegian drummer and composer, married to Hege Lofthus (b. Sørvig, 1981), and known from bands like Shining, Elephant9, Mathias Eick Band, D'Sound and Ebersson/Zanussi/Lofthus.[1]

Lofthus and Trond Frønes with Red Kite
at Vossajazz 2016.


Lofthus has had a major influence on Norwegian music through studio work, live concerts and teaching at Norwegian Academy of Music and at University of Agder (the Faculty of Fine Arts). Based in Oslo, he now tours Norway and Europe with different bands and artists after finishing his master at the Norwegian Academy of Music spring 2006. He plays several genres, well known with both jazz and pop music.[2] He has been the most sought drummer in Norway recent years, if not on tour with Vamp, Jarle Bernhoft, Oslo Gospel Choir, Mathias Eick or Marit Larsen, he collaborates with Maria Mena, Kurt Nilsen, Torun Eriksen, Bertine Zetlitz, Silje Nergaard, Eivind Aarset, D'Sound, Noora Noor, The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Jon Eberson and Per Zanussi, to mention a few, both in studio and on stage.[3]



Lofthus, Moen, Frønes, and Hermansen, with Red Kite at the 2016 Nattjazz. (Photo by Knut Andersen)

Band/Artist list[edit]

Random work for

Former artists




Thom Hell

  • All Good Things (2010)

Aleksander With

  • Still Awake (2010)

Torun Eriksen

Jørn Øien trio

  • Digging in the Dark (2010)

Chrome Hill


Mathias Eick

  • Skala (2011)

Ola Kvernberg's Liarbird

Jarle Bernhoft

  • Solidarity Breaks (2011)
  • 1: Man 2: Band (2010)

Marit Larsen



Silje Nergaard

  • Darkness Out of Blue (2007)

Linn Skåber and Dennis Storhøi

  • Petter Snus og vårmelodien (2007)

Maria Solheim


  • To Sing You Apple Trees (2006)


  • Shedding Skin (2004)

Gisle Torvik

  • Naken Uten Gitar (1999)

Various artists

  • Stolpesko (2002)


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Preceded by
Ole Petter Andreassen and Kim Ofstad
Recipient of the Studio musician Gammleng-prisen
Succeeded by