Svein Erik Martinsen

Guitar Player/ Singer
Squeezes his guitar quite rightly

Norwegian guitarist and singer Svein Erik Martinsen is a versatile musician with a professional career as a frontman, sideman, composer and music teacher.

At the age of 6 I started playing the violin. Then the piano until one day my teacher suggested that I should quit due to lack of interest.

At the age of 11 I started playing the guitar and lack of interest was replaced by dedication to master the instrument. Inspired by jazz, blues, pop and rock greats like Wes Montgomery, B.B. King, Miles Davis, Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and Norwegian guitar hero Robert Norman.
I started to take lessons from students at the Norwegian Academy of Music: Frode Berntzen, Georg Buljo, Arvid Solvang, Håvard Caspersen and Kåre Vestrheim.

In 2000 I was accepted at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen and moved to Denmark where I studied with Bjarne Roupé, Jacob Fisher, Billy Cross, Henrik Andersen, Jens Skou Olsen, Flemming Agerskov, Lars Storck and many more...
In 2003 I was given a talent award from Gurli og Paul Madsens Fond. I got a master degree in 2005 as performing musician and music teacher. I moved back to Norway in 2010.

Bands, artists and projects

I play or have played with:

Hot N Spicy

“Hot N Spicy is an eminent modern string trio. ”

-Svend Asmussen

Prima Vista Social Club

From Oslo, Norway, now touring the world! Get ready for THE most hard swingin’ band on the planet!

The Milkmen

Groovy blues and unmodern jazz duo.

Hermund Nygård: Drums, bass, banjo, harmonica, washboard, vocal, mandolin

Svein Erik Martinsen: Guitar, Vocal

Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen

Accompanied by some of the contry’s hottest jazz musicians, Hilde Louise has released 10 solo albums, and toured Norway and Scandinavia in several rounds since 2002.

Kaba Orchestra

12-piece mini big band with some of the best and hardest swingin’ jazz musicians in Norway.

Mads Mathias

“Mads Mathias is one of jazz’s new world-class talents: his sexy sax playing, joyful stage charisma, and swinging, unique voice, not to mention his original melodies. I always wished I could sing like that!”
-Svend Asmussen, legendary jazz violinist.

Thorbjørn Risager

This guy is a singer’s singer, but maybe born too late, because if he had been doing this job in the ’50s and ’60s and lived in the USA, surely he would be a legend by now. (Simon Redley in the legendary British magazine Blues And Soul)

Julie Dahle Aagård

Extraordinary soulful and groovy singer.


Local band from Ås featuring: Daniel Lind – Double Bass Terje Evensen – Drums Lorenzo Nardocci – Piano Svein Erik Martinsen – Guitar/Vocals


Contact me for guitar/music lessons.