Guitarist and composer Jostein Gulbrandsen, grew up in Norway and started playing the guitar at the age of 9. In 1997 he attended Agder College of music in Norway. After two years he left to continue his studies at University of North Texas. He later moved to New York to attend Manhattan School of Music. He studied with Chris Rosenberg, Dave Liebman and Phil Markowitz and received his Masters of Music in Jazz Performance in 2003. He released his first CD "Twelve" in 2007 (with Jon Irabagon, Eivind Opsvik and Jeff Davis) on the Spanish record label Fresh Sound New Talent. The CD was recently on the top 5 list in Village Voice, NY(Tom Hulls jazz consumers guide), and has been played on NPR and received great reviews both in Europe, the U.S and Japan.He has performed at several great venues with his own groups and as a sideman, including Blue Note, Blues Alley, The Kennedy Center, B.B Kings Blues Bar, Hard Rock Cafe NYC, Smalls, Cornelia Street Cafe, Saint Peter's Church and Bar Next Door. He has also toured in Scotland and Japan. As a sideman he has worked in many musical genres, both live and in the studio. In 2005 Gulbrandsen performed for the Norwegian Royal Family, where he was featured both as a composer and improviser. This concert was shown on Norwegian National television. He later worked with the Norwegian SONY/BMG artist Christine Guldbrandsen. He plays guitar on Matt Grason Motel projects "Lost and found" a CD that received great reviews in Jazz Times Magazine and Mari Tochi’s “Aligato" and Nathaniel Smith's Fresh Sound release "Quartet". He leads Jostein Gulbrandsen trio and is also involved in projects with Gian Tornatore and Megumi Yonezawa. In 2011 he recorded with Norwegian Artist San Elmo and he is playing on his new EP that was just released and received airplay on National Radio.
In November 2011 the long awaited Jostein Gulbrandsen trio CD "Release of tension" is released. The CD is available on CD baby and I-tunes and has received airplay on Norwegian National Radio and received great reviews both in the U.S and abroad. He just finished a recording with pianist Alan Ecihers group featuring Thierry Arpino on drums, Shunzo Ohon on trumpet and Dan Asher on bass.
He has performed or recorded with Gary Versace, Ferenc Nemeth, Ben Williams, Jon Irabagon, Thierry Arpino, Phil Palombi, Mourri Louden, Mike McGuirk, Megumi Yonezawa and many others.
He is endorsed by Godin Guitars , Eventide effects,Curt Mangan strings and pedaltrain and was recently featured on Collings Guitar Artist Page with his new Collings Eastside lc.
A new CD with the Jostein Gulbrandsen Quartet, Blue Note-recording artist Megumi Yonezawa-piano, Grammy-award-winning bassist Phil Palmobi and former Jean Luc Ponty-sideman Thierry Arpino drums is scheduled to be released in late 2013.
He is also a sought-after educator and is a faculty member at Woodside Music studios in Park Ridge, NJ, where he teaches masterclasses, ensembles and numerous guitar-students.