Bendik Hofseth

Bendik Hofseth (* October 19, 1962 in Oslo) is a Norwegian jazz saxophonist and composer.

Life and work

Hofseth played since 1980 in various Norwegian bands, including from 1980 to 1982 in the quintet by Erik Wøllo, 1982 and in the band of Lakki Patey, from 1983 to 1984 in the group of Jon Eberson, from 1984 to 1985 in the rhythm and blues group Heavy Gentlemen beside with Pål Thowsen.

After that he went for six years in the United States, where he worked with the group Steps Ahead and Full Circle. In addition, he also appeared with Norwegian musicians such as the group now and then, Kenneth Sivertsen and Arild Andersen and the German saxophonist Michael Villmow.

After his return to Norway 1991 he founded his own band, with which he, for the most part with his own compositions, grossed more CDs, and worked with musicians such as John McLaughlin, D' Gary, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Mikhail Alperin, Django Bates, Andy Summers, Tony Levin, Rickie Lee Jones, Helge Iberg, Andrea Marcelli, Øystein Sevag, Ingeborg Hungnes and Terje Venaas, Jacob Young, Ketil Bjørnstad, Bertine Zetlitz Jan Bang, Sigvart Dagsland, Espen Beranek Holm and Bjørn Eidsvåg. In addition, he also appeared with symphony orchestras such as the Oslo Filharmoniske Orkester, the Filharmonien i Bergen and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and played the saxophone concert by Bjørn Kruse one.

Hofseth also took up pop, entertainment and film scores (including with Reidar Skår ) and composed music for theater, ballet and film. He is chairman of the NOPA (Norsk vorening for komponister tekstforfattere above ), the Norwegian Association of Composers and Lyricists.


  • N.Y.C. 1989 Steps Ahead
  • IX, 1991
  • Amuse Yourself in 1993
  • Metamorfoser, 1994
  • Colours, 1996
  • Planets, Rivers And. .. IKEA, 1996
  • Smilets history, 1999
  • Oppfinnelser, 1999
  • " Ítaka ", 2004

Pictures of Bendik Hofseth