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The Norwegian saxophonist Hakon Kornstad has a deeply focused tone and a dazzling command of expressive effects.
Nate Chinen, The New York Times, Dwell Time  Read full review
Born in Oslo, Norway in 1977, Kornstad took up the clarinet in grammar school and eventually turned to the saxophone and studies at the Trondheim Jazz Conservatory. He co-founded the group Wibutee, soon to be signed by Bugge Wesseltoft’s label Jazzland.

The first solo album was the critically acclaimed Single Engine (2007). This established him a leading jazz musician in Norway. The second solo album, Dwell Time (Jazzland 2009), was recorded by the legendary Jan Erik Kongshaug. Downbeat Magazine dubbed Kornstad “one of Norway’s most original and daring musicians.”

On a visit to New York in 2009, he discovered opera and decided to take singing lessons. He applied to The Norwegian Academy of Opera, where he completed his master studies as operatic tenor in May 2014!

Blending opera and jazz, the Kornstad Ensemble featured harmonium and harpsichord in addition to a rhythm section. Spencer Grady in Jazzwise wrote: “Håkon Kornstad and his Tenor Battle troupe have fashioned a triumphant Bartók-reversal, the successful contextualising of high-end tropes into the folk firmament.”

Håkon Kornstad in Concert

Håkon Kornstad is performes his music in several formats. This includes soloperformances, the Håkon Kornstad Trio, and the orchestral formats of chamber and symphonic music.

The current kornstad trio is Håkon Kornstad – tenor, tenor saxophone, flute, Frode Haltli – accordion, Mats Eilertsen – double bass.

The orchestral works of Kornstad has been performed with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK), WDR Funkhausorchestra in Cologne in 2018, and the Stockholm Wind Symphonic. He has also a collaboration with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and director Terje Tønnesen.

The solo concerts is performed with Solo saxophone, flute, flutonette, voice and live looping.