Keven Eknes, multi-award winning guitarist originally from Norway.
- Tom Wilhelmsen Talent Award (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
- Berklee Performance Division "Outstanding Musicianship" (2015)
- Sandnes Kommune Honorary Recognition "Musician of the Year" (2014)
- PwC Talent Award (2014)
- G9Alt Talent Award (2014, 2016)
- Helgåleiren Guitar Idol (2014)
- Berklee European Tour Scholarship (2014)
- Berklee Writing and Composition Scholarship (2014)
At 19 I released Extraterrestrial (EP), an experiment fusing ambient soundscapes and rock instrumentals altogether. I subsequently dropped out of Paul McCartney's LIPA in favor of moving to the US to attend Berklee College of Music being offered both the European Tour Scholarship and the Writing and Composition Scholarship. I became a division award winner for "Outstanding Musicianship" selected by Berklee faculty the following year (2015) and in 2016 became one of three students among 950 graduates to receive the prestigious Artist's Diploma (see link), closing with a packed arena concert.
My journey as a professional guitarist have since been ranging from sessions for National Geographic to performing at Gardeball (King of Norway's Ball, 2014) to multiple multi-million dollar productions and touring throughout the US. Now performing 9 shows a week at the Smoky Mountain Opry, who knows what else 2017 will bring, but my upcoming EP "Northern Lights" is definitely on it's way!