Knut Kristiansen

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Knut Kristiansen
Birth name Knut Johan Bratland Kristiansen
Born (1946-04-14) 14 April 1946 (age 73)
Bergen, Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Piano
Labels Odin Records

Knut Johan Bratland Kristiansen (born 14 April 1946 in Bergen, Norway) is a Norwegian composer and jazz musician (piano), known from Bergen jazz life primarily for his many interpretations of the music of Thelonious Monk as orchestra leader his own bands with various number of musicians involved.[1]


In his hometown of Bergen, Kristiansen played with Mette Rongved (vocals), Sture Janson (bass), established several jazz orchestras (including "Bergen Big Band"), made compositions for plays at the theater Den Nationale Scene, held a variety of courses and seminars, and got the Bergen County Council Cultural Prize in 1978.[1]

In 1983, he received the Buddy Award for contributions to world music by "The Gambian/Norwegian Friendship Orchestra" (release, 1982), the Latin jazz band "Son Mu" (1981) who released the album Son Mu (1985) and the band "Night and Day" (1986). At the same time, he was central contributor to Vossajazz, with the commissioned work to Bergen Big Band Kuria suite.[2][3]

Kristiansen led the "Monk Memorial" series on the Kongsberg Jazz Festival (1987) og Nattjazz (1989), and led a Big Band on the album Monk Moods. He performed the show "A tribute to Monk" at the Oslo Jazz Festival 1997.[1] In 2005 he released the album Blues For Ell with his own Knut Kristiansen Trio, and in 2016 the album Kuria Suite was released.



  • 1983: Friendship with the Gambian Norwegian Friendship Orchestra (Odin Records) commissioned work to the Bergen Jazz Forum's tenth anniversary in 1982.[4]
  • 1995: Monk moods (Odin Records)[5]
  • 2004: Blues For Ell (Dravle Records)[6]
  • 2016: Kuria Suite (Grappa Music), with Bergen Big Band[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Kristiansen, Knut Biography" (in Norwegian). Norsk Musikkinformasjon <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (in Norwegian)
  2. "Knut Kristiansen & Bergen Big Band "Kuria Suite" –".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (summary in English)
  3. "Knut Kristiansen + Bergen Big Band" (in Norwegian). Jazz <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Friendship with The Gambian/Norwegian Friendship Orchestra".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Monk moods by Knut Kristiansen".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Knut Kristiansen - Blues for Ell". Retrieved 2016-02-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "BERGEN BIG BAND – «KURIA SUITE» - Sleppefest for Kuria Suite". Retrieved 2016-02-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Preceded by
Radka Toneff
Recipient of the Buddyprisen
Succeeded by
Jon Balke
Preceded by
Ole Thomsen
Recipient of the Vossajazzprisen
Succeeded by
Per Jørgensen