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Biography

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Jósef Zachariassen (b. 1995) is a pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer. Born and raised in the Faroe Islands, Jósef started playing piano at the young age of 6, quickly demonstrating a talent and love for music. Growing up in a musical family, he was soon composing his own pieces and playing at the local church.

 

Determined to further his musical education, Jósef moved to Denmark at the age of 16 to study music at Klejtrup Musikefterskole. He went on to complete his musical examen artium studies and later graduated from the University of Stavanger with a double Bachelors degree in classical and jazz piano.

 

However, Jósef's musical journey did not stop there. He continued to challenge himself and pursue new avenues of expression, releasing his debut album "24 Preludes" in 2018 at the age of 23. In this album, he explored a wide range of musical styles and marked a departure from traditional classical music, embracing a more experimental and eclectic approach to composition.

 

In 2021, Josef released his second album, “Summer”, which blends traditional music with experimental elements. This release showcases his versatility, innovative arrangements, and commitment to pushing boundaries in music.

 

Jósef now resides in Oslo, Norway, where he studies piano with Eyolf Dale and composition/production with Morten Qvenild at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

 

He continues to perform as a soloist and bandleader, collaborating with various orchestras and ensembles, and regularly plays concerts both in Norway and internationally. His musical versatility and originality have earned him recognition as a versatile and innovative artist, making him one to watch in the years to come.

To read Josef's musical CV, click here.

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