Every year we carefully select international musicians to work with participants of Intl Jazz Platform paying attention to their openness, readiness to engage in creative dialogue with students and their activity on the European jazz scene.

INTL 2020 Jazz Connective

Our aim is to build a partnership relation between students and faculty members.

That is why we are departing from the master-student approach to artistic education by providing an opportunity for students to play and create music, share ideas, spend time together with their artistic heroes.

The faculty team includes well-known musicians of the young generation from Europe, who take part in many international projects and concert tours on a daily basis.

faculty members

Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen

- Norwegian Edition

Groundbreaking and influential Norwegian guitarist from Ålesund. Her work with Hedvig Mollestad Trio, including 7 albums in 10 years, has led to broad international attention and interest. In 2020 she released her first solo record Ekhidna, and recieved a Norwegian Grammy. David Fricke from Rolling Stone says: I was immediately struck by the quality and ferocity of her guitar playing and improvisation, and the rhythmic bond of the group. Richard Williams has written liner notes for the live album from 2016 and says: There is always something wild and worthwhile happening in her solos, demonstrating a phenomenal deftness and gift for detail. The releases of the trio have been reviewed several times in media such as New York Times, Wall Street Journal, MOJO, Uncut, Classic Rock, The Wire, Downbeat, Jazzwise, Jazztimes, Guitar World and Decibel Magazine. Following the release of Ekhidna, she was included in
Downbeat’s “25 for the future”, where the article shine a spotlight on ascending artists that potentially will shape the direction of jazz in the years to come.

In recent years, Mollestad has also made her mark as a composer outside the trio, with several commissioned works. In 2019 she delivered Tingingsverket to Vossajazz, her most recent release Ekhidna. In 2019 she was also awarded the prestigious Musicians Prize at Kongsberg Jazz Festival. She is also writing music for Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, and her most recent work Maternity Beat, featuring 12 musicians, was performed for the first time at Molde Int. Jazz Festival 2020. Another piece for 7
musicians, Tempest Revisited, was written in 2018, recorded 2019 and release is due November 2021.

Thomas Strønen

- Norwegian Edition

Norwegian Thomas Strønen is a prolific drummer, composer, arranger, improviser, producer, and bandleader.
He has participated in or self-created some 70 albums on his own and in cooperation with a wide variety of talent, including the bands Food (with Iain Ballamy, Arve Henriksen, Mats Eilertsen, and Fennesz), Humcrush (with Ståle Storløkken), Parish (with Bobo Stenson), his own Time Is a Blind Guide, Eilertsen's trio with Harmen Fraanje, and the Maria Kannegaard Trio. He has also played on and/or composed for recordings by Eivind Aarset, Nils Petter Molvaer, John Taylor, Tore Brunborg, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Sidsel Endresen, Bugge Wesseltoft, Tomasz Stańko, and Stian Carstensen.

Strønen graduated from the Music Conservatory of Trondheim, Norway in 1999 after studying jazz and composition for six years. Since his student days he has been involved with improvised music in many different contexts. He is an interactive musician who enjoys creating different musical forms to generate unexpected results. Strønen is a melodic, almost circular drummer who plays both acoustic and electronic music. He has record deals with Norway's Rune Grammofon and ECM. His most celebrated recordings are Humcrush (2004), Parish (2006), six Food albums divided between the two labels from 2002-2015, and two Time Is a Blind Guide albums, including 2018's Lucus. Also noteworthy are his three albums with Mats Eilertsen's trio, particularly 2019's And Then Comes the Night.

Eyolf Dale

- Norwegian Edition

Norwegian pianist and composer, Eyolf Dale (b.1985) is known from both his solo work, successful collaborations with a great number of jazz artists, and from renowned bands like Eyolf Dale’s Wolf Valley, Albatrosh, Daniel Herskedal, Hayden Powell Trio, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, and more. He’s active on the European jazz scene, and since his solo debut in 2011 Dale has established himself as one of the leading pianists of his generation.

Both as a sideman and a solo performer, he has performed all over Europe, as well as tours in USA, Japan and China. Dale's solo work showcases the mature lyrical introspection that’s often associated with Norwegian jazz, but equally, there is an explorative curiosity and restless free elements that is becoming an emergent hallmark of the younger Nordic improvisers.

He was nominated for the Norwegian Grammy equivalent, Spellemannprisen both in 2013 and 2016 for his solo albums. With the duo previously named Albatrosh with reedman André Roligheten, he was awarded "Young jazz musicians of the year 2008" in the prestigious JazzIntro, and the duo was also awarded "Best Band" in European Jazz Competition in 2010 (North Sea Jazz, Rotterdam)-

Dale currently releases his solo work exclusively on Edition Records, and he's also a Yamaha artist.


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Lotte Anker

- Polish Edition

Copenhagen-based Danish saxophonist and composer working in the field between improvisation/experimental jazz and contemporary composed music.

She has been initiator and band leader of a number of highly acclaimed collaborations and groups such as Anker, Taborn, Cleaver, Trio with Sylvie Courvoisier and Ikue Mori, to name a few. She has also played and toured with Marilyn Crispell, Herb Robertson, Tim Berne, Okkyung Lee and many others.

Other recent projects are the 8-piece group What River Ensemble, duo with Fred Frith and a quartet with Johannes Bauer, Clayton Thomas and Paul Lovens.

She is an associate professor at Rhytmic Music Conservatory Copenhagen. Nominated for Nordic Council Musicprize in 2011.


Susana Santos Silva

- Polish Edition

Stockholm-based Portuguese trumpet player, improviser and composer. “One of the most exciting improvisers in the world” - Downbeat. Her music has been described as intense, intoxicating, beautiful, innovative, bold and creative.
She leads her projects Impermanence and Life and Other Transient Storms and co-leads duos with Kaja Draksler and Torbjörn Zetterberg - also in trio with Hampus Lindwall and Chris Pitsiokos, and the quartets Hearth and Here’s To Us.

She has also been playing with Fire! Orchestra, Mats Gustafsson’s Nu Ensemble, and many more. In 2018 she released her first solo album “All the Rivers” recorded live at the National Pantheon in Lisbon and she is about to release her second solo album on the Belgium label Matiére Mèmoire.


Håvard Wiik

- Polish Edition

One of Norway’s most respected and profiled jazz pianists. He studied at the jazz department at Trondheim Music Conservatory. He has for more than a decade been a member and founder of several important Norwegian and international ensembles (Atomic, Håvard Wiik Trio,Side A,Motif,Der Lange Schatten & Free Fall).

He has toured all over the world with these groups. In 2004 he had the honourary role as ’artist in residence’ at the Molde international Jazzfestival in Norway.

In 2006 he also received one of the greatest acknowledgments for a Norwegian jazz musician, the Kongsberg Jazzfestival’s ‘Vital-prize.

In 2007 he relocated to Berlin where he has worked with people like Axel Dörner, Michael Thieke, Tobias Delius, Jan Roder, Tristan Honsinger, Christian Lillinger and Antonio Borghini.

Frans Petter Eldh

- Polish Edition

Berlin-based Swedish bassist-producer.

Long-standing collaborations include the following erratic and progressive forces:

Django Bates Beloved (ECM records), Enemy (Kit Downes/James Maddren), Jameszoo, Lucia Cadotsch Speak Low, Hayden Chisholm, Gard Nilssen, Peter Bruun, Christian Lillinger, and many more.

As a producer he has remixed work by Jameszoo – Flake (Brainfeeder), Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra – Vula (Afterhours), Speak Low (Enja), and releases his own music on his own imprint Galatea Records and the Finnish label WeJazz Records where he put out his recent album “Koma Saxo” featuring the ingenious saxophonists Otis Sandsjö, Mikko Innanen and Jonas Kullhammar.


Gard Nilssen

- Polish Edition

Oslo-based drummer, composer, producer and bandleader from Norway. He is one of the most sought after and active drummers on the european jazz scene these days, playing in bands: Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity, Bushman´s Revenge, sPacemonKey, Amgala Temple, Ruby and Gard Nilssen Supersonic Orchestra.

His drumming is described as; Energetic, creative, groovy, fearless and dynamic with a technical surplus, and besides having recorded 70 records, he has played and toured with musicians and artists like: Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny, Thomasz Stanko, Joshua Redman, Ambrose Akinmusire, Susanne Sundfør, Chris Potter, Django Bates, Jamie Saft and Ingebrigt Flaten among others.

He is also a member of Susanne Sundfør band, Maciej Obara 4tet, Cortex, Team Hegdal, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and Thomas Dybdahl band.