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 since 2003. He was awarded Norway’s biggest music award, “JazZtipendiatet”, in 2016, resulting in a commissioned work for the widely recognized Trondheim Jazz Orchestra – featuring soloists as Eirik Hegdal, Ole Morten Vågan and Ola Kvernberg. Espen has participated on numerous albums, and worked with artists such as Seamus Blake, Anders Jormin, Silje Nergaard, Ole Mathisen, Mathias Eick, Marius Neset, Mats Eilertsen, Per Jørgensen, Airelle Besson, Hildegunn Øiseth, Susanne Lundeng, Cantus, Tore Johansen, Jovan Pavlovic and Maher Mahmoud.
Espen was appointed to NTNU AMBASSADOR together with his trio in 2016. He receives government grants from Arts Council Norway 2016-2018, and was awarded with scholarships and prizes from the city of Trondheim in 2016, and from TONO (Norwegian equiv. to ASCAP) in 2014 and 2016. In 2007 he won 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. He has been lecturing at the NTNU jazz department since 2007, working with some of the finest and most creative jazz students in Northern-Europe.