LAPME's Artistic Coordinator - Espen Jensen
Espen Jensen A native of Norway, guitarist Espen Jensen is a recording artist currently living in the United States. He is the winner of several awards, among them First Prize in the 2001 Competition in Performance of Music of Latin America and Spain as well as First Prize in Indianapolis Matinee Musicale.
In 2002, Mr. Jensen released his début solo CD, the much acclaimed Nocturnal Variations. In 2006, he released his second album, Elogio de la Danza y la Canción, featuring music of the Caribbean, of Latin American and of Spain. He is scheduled to soon complete yet a third album, this one featuring premiere recordings of contemporary Norwegian music of the guitar.
As a solo and a chamber musician, Mr. Jensen has given performances throughout Europe and the United States. The Embassy of Spain has sponsored his solo appearances in several major US cities and he has been invited to give masterclasses and workshops at many institutions. He is frequently also heard in chamber ensembles with renowned musicians such as flutist Thomas Robertello, violinist Regina Florey, and violist Donna Clark.
Significant in Mr. Jensen’s career is his work to promote contemporary music for the classical guitar. He served for three years as the artistic director of the Hammer & Nail Project, an inspiring organized initiative seeking to expand the repertoire of the instrument. He has presented premiere performances of dozens of solo and ensemble guitar compositions by composers such as John Supko, Alexandra Dubois, Justin Merritt, Vidar Kristensen, Egil Kapstad, and Martin Kennedy.
Mr. Jensen holds the degree of Candidatus Magisterii (cum laude) from Agder College-Conservatory in Norway (1998). From Indiana University’s prestigious School of Music, he has earned a Master of Music (2000) as well as a Performer Diploma (2003). His guitar instructor’s include Ernesto Bitetti, Luis Zea, Jan Erik Pettersen, and Bengt Martinussen.
He has performed in numerous master classes with prominent musicians such as Nuccio D’Angelo (Italy), Ernesto Cordero (Puerto Rico), Leonard Hokanson (USA-Germany), Luis Zea (Venezuela), James McDonald (USA), Marcos Cavalcante ((Brazil), Arne Bratland (Norway), Per Kjetil Farstad (Norway), Frank Koonce, (USA), Fabio Zanon (Brazil), and Eva Legene (Netherlands).
Mr. Jensen currently teaches classical guitar at Indiana University where he also serves as the acting music director of the esteemed Latin American Popular Music Ensemble.