Jan Gunnar Hoff – jazz pianist, vomposer, professor
Known for his expressive, flowing melodies and versatility, master pianist Jan Gunnar Hoff is one of Norway’s most prominent and esteemed jazz artists today. Wearing a multitude of different hats as a jazz-fusion pianist, synth player, composer, arranger, and educator, the musician forges ahead, leaving a nuanced mark upon each of his modern fusions and improvisations, from his solo work to his various collaborations.
As a composer, artist and co-leader, Jan Gunnar Hoff has released 23 albums. He has composed 250 works for different settings, among them his Edvard-prize awarded jazz mass Meditatus (2004).
Jan Gunnar Hoff has played and collaborated with international artists like Alex Acuña, Mike Stern, Pat Metheny, Maria Joao, Gary Novak, Gary Husband, Per Mathisen, Kenwood Dennard, Mathias Eick, Tore Brunborg, Lars Danielsson, Cæcilie Norby, Fathy Salama, Martin France, Anders Jormin, Marilyn Mazur, Arve Henriksen and many others.
Hoff received the Buddy award in 2013, the highest distinction in Norwegian jazz, and he is a Steinway & Sons Artist. He has played concerts in cities such as Tokyo, New York, London, Istanbul, Los Angeles.
“Hoff’s writing and playing possesses an almost pop-like clarity and concision” – All About Jazz
”Crosses over eras and transatlantic aesthetics, bridging a division in fusion” – Downbeat