Kristiansen began his career as a jazz musician end he 1960s, when he appeared with the singer Mette Rongved and bassist Sture Janson. In the 1970s he was a member of several jazz bands in Bergen as Lyderhorn (since 1972), Askøygruppen, Octopus and Piasawa ( 1976-77 ).
In 1979-80, he led a quintet with Per Jørgensen, which also Tore Brunborg belonged. From 1980 to 1983 he was a member of the group Steam. He also played ethno-jazz and salsa with the groups Son Mu ( 1981-87 ) and salsa Pati ( 1985-87 ).
On the album Day and Night 1985 Kristiansen played mainstream jazz, which was influenced by Thelonious Monk. In 1989, his " Requiem" performed at the Kongsberg Jazz Festival; the performance was released on CD in 1991. Kristiansen initiated in 1987, the Monk Memorial Concert in Kongsberg and its repetition in 1988 in Bergen.
Since 1989, Kristiansen led several groups that dealt with the work of Thelonious Monk - from 1992 under the name of Monk's Music. With this he took between 1993 and 1995 on the album Monk Moods in Odin and gave in 1997 at the Oslo Jazz Festival the concert A Tribute to Monk. He was awarded the 1983 Buddy pinches and 1990 with the Vossajazzprisen.
- Jazz Pianist
- Norwegian musicians
- Born in 1946