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Egil Kapstad

Egil Kapstad
Born(1940-08-06)6 August 1940
Oslo, Norway
Died13 July 2017(2017-07-13) (aged 76)
Kristiansand, Norway
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, arranger

Egil Kapstad (6 August 1940 – 13 July 2017) was a Norwegian jazz pianist, composer and arranger. He wrote the music for more than 50 productions for theater, and also composed for film and television drama. Kapstad composed classical works for orchestra, choir, string quartet, and smaller ensembles, and was a chief executive of the association Ny Musikk. He worked as a host in television for NRK. Egil Kapstad's Trio worked as a small orchestra in the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix of 1965.[1][2]


Kapstad was born in Oslo, Norway. He taught jazz history and improvisation at the Musikkonservatoriet i Kristiansand and performed as a pianist on more than 60 albums. Kapstad worked with jazz musician such as Karin Krog, Chet Baker, Red Mitchell, Bjørn Johansen, Bjarne Nerem, Jon Larsen and Magni Wentzel, being also known for his longstanding collaboration with poet Jan Erik Vold.[1]

Kapstad received numerous awards and honors. He received Norsk jazzforbund's Buddyprisen in 1977, NOPA's award for the work of the year, (Epilog) in 1984, Gammleng-prisen in the class jazz in 1985 and was awarded Spellemannprisen in the class jazz twice, for the record Cherokee at the 1989 award of Spellemannprisen and Remembrance with the Egil Kapstad Trio at the 1994 award of Spellemannprisen.[1][2]

Kapstad became a government scholar in 2003.[3] He died in Kristiansand during July 2017.

Compositions (selected)


As leader/co-leader

Year recorded Title Label Notes
1967? Syner
1979? ...spiller Einar Schanke
1980? Friends
1984? Epilog: Bill Evans in Memoriam NOPA
1988 Cherokee Gemini Trio, with Terje Venaas (bass), Egil Johansen (drums)[4]
1993 Remembrance Gemini Trio, with Terje Venaas (bass), Egil Johansen (drums)[4]
1998 Storytellers Hot Club With Jan Erik Vold (spoken word)[4]
2003? Friends Kapstad/Johansen Quartet
2003? Wolfvoices Hot Club

As sideman


  1. ^ a b c "Egil Kapstad Biography -". Store Norske Leksikon (in Norwegian)
  2. ^ a b "Kapstad, Egil Biography - Norsk musikkinformasjon". Archived from the original on 2013-12-24. (in Norwegian)
  3. ^ "Statsstipend til Egil Kapstad -". (in Norwegian)
  4. ^ a b c Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. pp. 808–809. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.

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Preceded by
Laila Dalseth
Recipient of the Buddyprisen
Succeeded by
Kristian Bergheim
Preceded by
Arild Andersen
Recipient of the Jazz Gammleng-prisen
Succeeded by
Laila Dalseth
Preceded by
Oslo 13
Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Oslo Groove Company
Preceded by
Radka Toneff & Jon Christensen
Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Vigleik Storaas Trio
Preceded by
The Brazz Brothers
Recipient of the Sildajazzprisen
Succeeded by
Svein Olav Herstad

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