When Hilde Hefte released her first solo album in 1999 Down Beat wrote: "She’s making waves on the Norwegian scene”.
Hilde Hefte is not a beginner. She has studied music at the highly respected Barratt-Dues Music Intitute with piano as her main instrument. She has also been playing guitar, alto saxophone and Bb clarinet. And she has studied acting at Nordic Institute for Scene and Studio. For one periode she was teacher at Vest-Agder Music Conservatorium.
She has written lyrics and composed music for her own productions as well as for other musicians and singers, has composed and arranged music for theatre productions.
Hilde is what they call the musicians musician and known as one of the leading jazz vocalists in Norway.
She’s released 5 solo albums to fantastic reviews.
Her first CD was a tribute to Chet Baker, "'Round Chet's Midnight", and it was named the album of the year in Norway’s largest jazz-magazine Jazznytt. Her second CD was a tribute to the fantastic pianist Bill Evans, "Playsong - the music of Bill Evans", and as well as her first CD, this became the album of the year in Norway.
Hildes bossaHefte is her 3rd CD and is a tribute to the great Brazilian music style Bossa Nova, and the great bossa composers. The reviews have been wonderful – all newspapers in Norway gave this album dice-trow 5 and 6. This is her only album in her own language.
Then she recorded what she called her memory album “On The Corner” before she went to Prague and recorded her latest album together with her band and The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra “AN EVENING IN PRAGUE”.
This CD has been given some outstanding reviews in newspapers, magazines and on NRK (Norwegian Radio Broadcasting) TV and radio.
Her band is the leading jazz musicians and composers in Norway and Sweden with:
Egil Kapstad piano (NO), Bjørn Alterhaug double bass (NO), Eyvind Wahlen drums (NO),
Nisse Sandström tenor sax (SE), Jan Allan trumpet (SE).
For her work Hilde Hefte has received various grant and prizes.