Helge Kjekshus, born 1968 in Toronto, is among the foremost Norwegian pianists.
Upon graduation from the Norwegian State Academy of Music, he continued his studies with Prof. Jiri Hlinka at the Grieg Academy, Bergen and with Boris Berman at Yale University, New Haven.
Kjekshus has performed as a soloist with St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, and with major orchestras throughout Scandinavia and the Baltic. He has worked with conductors such as Paavo Berglund, Dimitri Kitayenko, Alexander Dimitriev, Alexander Kantorow, Janos Furst, Owain Arwel Hughes and Andras Ligeti.
As a recitalist Kjekshus has performed at international chamber music festivals and in recitals in Norway, Germany, Switzerland, UK, North America, Korea and Japan. A devoted chamber musician, he has performed with Ana Chumachenko, Paul Meyer, Truls Mørk, Henning Kraggerud and Boris Pergamenchikow.
Helge Kjekshus has since 2009 been Assistant Professor of piano at Piteå School of Music, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden.