Jan Gunnar Hoff is a Norwegian jazz pianist, composer, arranger and professor. Steinway & Sons Artist. 15 albums, 250 works. Collaborations with Alex Acuna, Mike Stern, Pat Metheny, Maria Joao. Edvard-prize from TONO 2004.  Norwegian Buddy-award 2014. Artist in residence at Ingmar Bergman Estate 2014/2015. Professor at the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø (UiT) and the University of Agder in Kristiansand (UiA). Nominated for Spellemannpris, Norw Grammy 2014.

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Jan Gunnar Hoff was educated at NTNU, Jazzdep in Trondheim 1986-89 and studied arranging and composing at NMH, Oslo 2001-2002. His career as a jazz musician started in 1976 with piano trio and as a backing musician for drummer Jon Christensen and other jazz artists at the local jazz club. Hoff became a professional musician in 1979 and toured with Arild Andersen and Nils Petter Molvær in 1982. In 1987 Hoff participated in an all star Norwegian combo presenting Jan Garbarek’s commission for the Federation of Norwegian Jazz musicians, FNJ. Hoff´s debut CD Syklus was recorded in 1992, based on a commission for the Arts Festival of North Norway. Since 1993 Hoff has worked as a bandleader presenting original compositions. Major band events include Hoff´s highly acclaimed Vossajazz-debut in 1995, Oris London Jazzfestival and Molde Int. Jazzfestival 1996 with EBU-broadcast to 12 European countries (link to TV-program). Another highlight is the successful collaboration with Pat Metheny in Molde 2001. Excerpt “Extraditon” (Metheny) from the official NRK broadcast.

Hoff and his band toured Norway, Estonia and Ukraine with Mike Stern in 2006, 2007 and 2008. From 2008 Hoff has been working with percussionist Alex Acuna and bassplayer Per Mathisen in the new trio “Acuna/Hoff/ Mathisen”. February 2010 the trio recorded a concert DVD at Drumchannel in Oxnard California. This trio has released two albums,  “Jungle City” and “Barxeta”.

As a composer he has made works for chamber orchestra, sinfonietta, choir and other settings, in addition to compositions for his solo recordings. Hoff did the prestigous annual commission for Vossajazz 2005 “Free flow songs” and received an Edvard (Grieg) -prize for his jazzmazz “Meditatus” in 2006. “Meditatus” has been performed in Norway, Iceland, Canada, USA and recorded on CD in Norway and CD/DVD in Riga, Latvia.

Several duo constallations a.o with Maria Joao in Norway, Croatia and France 2008. Worth mentioning is also the Harstad festival in Northern Norway 1995 where Hoff did a spontanous duo session with Chick Corea. Other collaborations include Norwegian artists like Unni Wilhelmsen, Frode Alnæs, Jarle Bernhoft, Jan Eggum, Halvdan Sivertsen.


From 2008-2014 Hoff has performed and toured in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Croatia, Iceland, Austria, Italy, Sweden, USA, Slovakia, Kazakhstan, Kirgisistan, Peru, England, Japan and Norway. Concerts in major cities such as New York, London, Stockholm, Zagreb, Los Angeles, Moscow, St.Petersburg, Tokyo, Istanbul, Vilnius.


In 2011 Hoff contributed as bandleader, arranger and pianist for the album “Quiet winter night”, later nominated for US Grammy Awards 2013 (Best surround sound album, Morten Lindberg, 2L). Hoff continued his collaboration with 2L on the solo piano album LIVING, released April 2013. His latest band recording “Fly North” was released in January 2014, followed by the solo album “Quiet light/Stille lys” (2L December 2014). In January 2014 Hoff received the Buddy prize, the highest distinction in Norwegian jazz. May 2014 he was appointed as an official Steinway Artist and August 2014 he was selected as Artist in residence at Ingmar Bergman Estate, Fårö (Sweden). Hoff´s has released two more albums late 2016 and early 2017:  Stories, a solo piano album for 2L and Terra Nova, a crossover project with feat. mezzo soprano Marianne Beate Kielland. Hoff also works as a professor at the University of Tromsø and Kristiansand.

Compositions (excerpt):

  1. Commission for Marianne Beate Kielland 2016, texts by Hamsun, W.Blake and Hoff
  2. TERRA NOVA – for SATB and jazz group
  3. HAMMARS SUITE – for string orchestra and jazz trio
  4. LIVING – commission for Bodø Jazz Open 2012 w/Jormin, Henriksen, Mazur
  5. NORTH EAST/NORTH WEST, commission Smeltedigelen 2012 (Mo i Rana, Northern Norway)
  6. PICTURES -commission Nordland Musikkfestuke 2011
  7. ELECTRIC BLUE- commission Nordland Musikkfestuke 2009
  8. FOR INGENS ØYNE, commission Hamsundagene 2009
  9. AUBERGINE – commission Bodø Big Band 2007
  10. MAGMA for Nordland Musikkfestuke 2006 (feat. Mike Stern)
  11. FREE FLOW SONGS – Tingingsverket for Vossajazz 2005 (feat. Maria Joao)
  12. MEDITATUS a commission for Bodø Cathedral Choir 2004 (Edvard prize from TONO 2004)
  13. BLÅ SITRON –  Piece for string quartet and jazz trio 2002
  14. ODEON’S DRØM – Bodø sinfonietta 2002
  15. WIND SEA AND RHYTHM – wind quintet, cello and jazz band 2001
  16. THIS PLACE – commission for Bodø Domkor, orchestra, soloists 1996
  17. STILLE LYS – commission for Bodø Domkor 1995
  18. OPP AV HAVET STIG EIT LAND –  for Nordland Chamber Orchestra 1994
  19. FASER 1-4 suite i 4 movements for jazztrio and percussion, Arts Festival Harstad 1992
  20. NORTHERN LIGHTS –  for piano, violin and acoustic bass 1992

Discography with other artists:

  1. FLY NORTH Hoff - Jormin - Mazur - Henriksen
  2. LIFE Jan Gunnar Hoff Group feat Mike Stern 8:16
  3. Figment I Jan Gunnar Hoff solo (Stories 2016) 2:49