Jan Gunnar Hoff
Professor in piano and keyboards, jazz
Employed as a professor in jazz and rhythmic music at the Music Conservatory in Tromsø. Main area is jazz piano and keyboard instruments. Sits in the Program Board for MK.
As an educator since 1975, Jan Gunnar Hoff has experience from all levels. He has taught at municipal cultural schools in Bodø, Trondheim and Sørfold. In the period 1989-91, Hoff was employed as a regional musician with the entire region as a field of work and various seminars and educational work. He was employed at Bodø upper secondary school as a teacher of piano, secondary instrument, composition and arranging from 1995 to 2005. From 2004 Hoff has been employed as an associate professor and professor at the University of Tromsø and later also at UiA, Agder. He has also participated in a number of national jazz courses and jazz seminars abroad.
Jan Gunnar Hoff is born in Bodø, Northern Norway 1958. Hoff´s background includes classical piano from the age of 10, progressive rock, pop and jazz. Jan Gunnar Hoff has played and collaborated with international artists like Alex Acuña, Mike Stern, Pat Metheny, Maria Joao, Kenwood Dennard, Mathias Eick, Tore Brunborg, Lars Danielsson, Cæcilie Norby, Fathy Salama, Martin France, Anders Jormin, Marilyn Mazur, Arve Henriksen, Jan Akkerman and many more. As a composer, solo artist and co-leader Hoff has released 20 albums and composed 250 works for different settings. In 2005 he received the prestigous Edvard (Grieg)- prize for his jazz mass Meditatus. Meditatus has been performed by choirs in USA, Canada, Iceland, Latvia and Norway. In 2013 Jan Gunnar Hoff and his “Hoff Ensemble” was nominated for US Grammy Awards with the album Quiet winter night (2L-087). Hoff´s quartet album Fly North (2014) with Mazur, Jormin and Henrikse was nominated for the Norwegian Grammy, Spellemannpris 2014. Jan Gunnar Hoff has performed in Los Angeles, New York, London, Zagreb, Milano, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kiev, Stockholm, Istanbul, Havana, Riga and other major cities. In January 2014 Hoff received the Buddy-award, the highest distinction in Norwegian Jazz. May 2014 Hoff was appointed as an official Steinway & Sons Artist. Albums recent years include Stories (solo piano 2L 2016), Terra Nova (w/mezzo soprano Marianne Beate Kielland, Lawo classics 2017), Polarity (recording 2L with Audun Kleive, Anders Jormin, Morten Lindberg, 2018), Barxeta II (June 2018) with Per Mathisen and Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, and finally the album "Jan Gunnar Hoff Group feat Mike Stern" (Losen records 2018). Jan Gunnar Hoff is working as a professor at the Arctic University of Tromsø and at UiA in Kristiansand.