Eyolf Dale was born in Skien, Norway 5th of March 1985. He started playing piano at the age of 6 years, and started taking lessons shortly after. In 2009 he finished his graduate studies in Performing jazz and improvisation at Norwegian Academy of Music, and in 2011 he completed the master’s program in improvisation.
Dale is known from both his solo work, successful collaborations with a great number of jazz artists, and from bands like Eyolf Dale’s Wolf Valley, Albatrosh, Daniel Herskedal, Hayden Powell Trio, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, and more. He’s a touring and frequently recorded artist, and has contributed on most Norwegian jazz festivals in addition to international festivals such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, 12 Points!, Shanghai Arts Festival and Südtirol Jazz Festival. Both as a sideman and a solo performer, he has performed in countries such as the US, Germany, Nederlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, Sweden, Japan, England, Ireland, South Africa, Tanzania, South Korea, Italy and China.
His 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.
“1st prize for pianists” Nomme Jazz, Tallinn Estonia, 2009
“Young Jazz Musicians of the year/JazzIntro “ Molde, 2008
Skien kommunes oppmuntringspris (encouragement award, City of Skien)
“Best band” in European Jazz Competition, North Sea Jazz 2009
SpareBank1 “JazZtipendiat” – Albatrosh 2012
Nominated for Spellemannprisen in the category of Jazz 2014 and 2016