Espen Berg, born June 30th 1983 in Hamar, is a Norwegian pianist and composer. He currently resides in Trondheim, where he attained a master’s degree after studying at NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s highly acknowledged jazz department.
Espen has travelled around the world playing concerts in all parts of Norway, as well as Cuba, Syria, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, USA, Sweden, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Hungary, and other places. He has participated on several CDs, and worked with artists such as Seamus Blake, Anders Jormin, Ole Mathisen, Mathias Eick, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Marius Neset, Mats Eilertsen, Per Jørgensen, Airelle Besson, Hildegunn Øiseth, Susanne Lundeng, Cantus, Tore Johansen, Jovan Pavlovic and Maher Mahmoud. Espen has written music for many projects and to ensembles such as the Cikada String Quartet, the Grammy nominated Cantus and the Trondheim Soloists.
Espen receives government grants from Arts Council Norway from 2016 to 2018. He is an NTNU AMBASSADOR, appointed together with his trio in 2016. He was awarded with a scholarship from the city of Trondheim in 2016, and from TONO (Norwegian equiv. to ASCAP) in 2014 and 2016. In 2007 he received the prize for being the best soloist at Hoeilaart International Jazz Contest in Belgium, and he was nominated for the annual solo jazz piano competition at Montreux Jazz Festival in both 2012 and 2013. Espen is a regular lecturer at NTNU where he has been lecturing since 2007.