Radka Toneff



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Poster for the tour in November 1980, where Radka played the piano herself.
Picture from her biography written by Marta Breen (2008).

Below: front of the 2008 CD with the radio documentary


  • born in Oslo on June 25, daughter of Toni Toneff, a Bulgarian singer, and a Norwegian mother


  • sang with a rhythm & blues band at Kolbotn where she grew up; toward the end of the 1960's she gravitated towards the music circles around Club 7 in Oslo


  • studied at the Music Conservatory in Oslo; played in these years a while in the jazz rock band Unis


  • played with her jazz quintet at severalfestivals and they recorded two LP's


  • recieved the Spelleman prize for best vocal of the year 1977


  • co-operated with the pianoplayer Steve Dobrogosz


  • contestant in the Norwegian pre-selection for the European Song Contest


  • died on October 21 (suicide)
  • received the Buddy award for 1982 posthumously


  • the first stipend of the Radka Toneff Memorial Fund - based on the proceeds from her Odin production - was awarded to Sidsel Endresen at Moldejazz; till now the prize was awarded to 8 musicians:
    1993, Sidsel Endresen; 1997, Kirsten Bråten Berg; 1999, Karin Krog; 2001, Per Jørgensen; 2003, Live Maria Roggen; 2005, Solveig Slettahjell; 2007, Arve Henriksen; 2009, Elin Rosseland


  • in the category jazz the album Live In Hamburg recieved the Spelleman prize 1993


  • the journalist Marta Breen wrote her biography 'Radka Toneff - Hennes korte liv og store stemme', publisher: Kagge
  • the radio documentary 'Set It Free - Et Portrett Av Radka Toneff', first broadcasted  at NRK P2 in 1997, was released on CD (Musikkoperatørene, KRFCD 1; silver winner Prix Italy in 2000)