Torstein Lofthus

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Torstein Lofthus
Torstein Lofthus, Oslo Jazzfestival 2017.jpg
Lofthus with Halles Komet at Oslo Jazzfestival 2017
Background information
Born (1977-03-10) 10 March 1977 (age 42)
Øystese, Hordaland, Norway
GenresProgressive rock, jazz
Years active1987–present
Associated actsElephant9, Red Kite

Torstein Lofthus (born 10 March 1977) is a Norwegian drummer and composer who has been a member of Shining, Elephant9, Mathias Eick Band, D'Sound, and Ebersson/Zanussi/Lofthus. He is married to Hege Lofthus.[1]


Lofthus and Trond Frønes perform with Red Kite at Vossajazz 2016.
Lofthus, Moen, Frønes, and Hermansen, with Red Kite at the 2016 Nattjazz

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]

He has worked with Shining, Elephant9, Red Kite, Marit Larsen, Maria Mena, Jarle Bernhoft, Chrome hill, Mathias Eick Band, D'Sound, Oslo Gospel Choir, Jørn Øien Trio, Liarbird, Torun Eriksen, Ebersson/Zanussi/Lofthus, Garness, Søyr, Morten Halle, Eivind Aarset, Silje Nergaard, Beady Belle, Damp, Bertine Zetlitz, Kurt Nilsen, Maria Solheim

Awards and honors[edit]




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

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)


  1. ^ "Artist Biography: Torstein Lofthus - Zildjian".
  2. ^ "Torstein Lofthus Biography". Retrieved 2013-10-10.
  3. ^ Rakvaag, Geir (2013-01-18). "Travel trommis: Shinings Torstein Lofthus er Norges mest etterspurte trommeslager" (in Norwegian). Dagsavisen. Retrieved 2013-10-10.
  4. ^ "Shining vant Spellemann-pris - Kultur".
  5. ^ "Liarbird Kolben 17.09.2011, Rikskonsertene". YouTube. 2011-09-17. Retrieved 2013-10-05.

External links[edit]

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