Espen Eriksen is perhaps best known for leading his own group, Espen Eriksen Trio, which has released three records on the acclaimed Norwegian label Rune Grammofon. The trio, referred to by BBC, as “superb musicians at the top of their game” have been credited by critics worldwide for having their own unique melodic and minimalistic style”. Eriksen has toured in Norway, Denmark, Iceland, England, Scotland, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Russia, Greece, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia and South Africa.
Eriksen also has a duo with trumpeter Gunnar Halle. Together they have released two records with folk songs and psalms from Norway and played about 100 concerts throughout Europe. Together with Halle, Eriksen is also plays in a trio with the Scottish-based Norwegian guitarist Haftor Medbøe. Eriksen has also played with musicians including Eivind Aarset, Andy Sheppard, Thomas Strønen, Audun Erlien and Håkon Kornstad.
As a journalist Eriksen has worked at Norwegian Broadcasting Company (NRK) since 2004. Here he has hosted different jazz programs, reviewed records and produced live recordings. His work at NRK often focuses on jazz that pushes the edges of its definition both towards the popular and the avant-garde. Eriksen has also taught jazz history and jazz analysis on bachelor and masters level at both The University of Oslo and Norwegian Academy of Music.