Ketil Bjornstad

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Date of Birth April 25, 1952
Place of Birth Norway
Age 68 years old
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Ketil Bjørnstad

Small text Ketil Bjørnstad is a pianist, composer and author. Initially trained as a classical pianist, Bjørnstad discovered jazz at an early age and has embraced the emergence of "European jazz". He is an artist on the ECM record label, but has also published some twenty books, including novels, poetry, and essay collections. He has collaborated with other ECM artists, including cellists Svante Henryson and David Darling, drummer Jon Christensen, and guitarist Terje Rypdal.

Birth name: Ketil Bjørnstad
Born: April 25, 1952, Oslo, Norway
Genres: Classical, chamber jazz, third stream, folk jazz, new-age
Occupation(s): Musician, composer, author
Instruments: Piano, keyboards
Labels: ECM, Kirkelig Kulturverksted, Hubro
Associated acts: David Darling, Terje Rypdal, Svante Henryson
Website: Ketil Bjørnstad's Official site
IMDb: Ketil Bjørnstad's IMDb

About Ketil Bjornstad

Classically trained musician, author, and composer who embraced jazz as a young man, falling right in line with the growing wave of European jazz.

Before Fame

His concert debut came when he was 16, playing Béla Bartók's third piano concerto.

Achievement

His first book, 1972's Alone, was a poetry collection.

Family Life

His family noticed his talents early on and did nothing to discourage his developing skills. He won the Youth Piano Master title in 1966 and 1968.

Associations

His songs for the albums Rainbow Sessions and The Light prompted Gramophone magazine to compare him favorably to the legendary Leonard Cohen.

Information related to Ketil Bjørnstad

  • People educated at Oslo Waldorf School
  • Hubro Music artists
  • Norwegian classical pianists
  • Grappa Music artists
  • Norwegian jazz pianists
  • Post-bop pianists
  • Anthroposophists
  • Norwegian writers
  • ECM Records artists
  • Musicians from Oslo
  • Spellemannprisen winners
  • Norwegian jazz composers

Latest information about Ketil Bjornstad updated on June 01, 2020.

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