Guitarist Mats Bergström, born in Gävle in 1961, grew up in Stockholm in a family of musicians. After graduating from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and spending a year in London, where he made his debut at the Wigmore Hall, he mainly worked as a session musician on the electric as well as the acoustic guitar during the 1980s. Two years as a post-graduate student at the Juilliard School in New York in the beginning of the 1990s were followed by a conscious effort to concentrate on chamber music. Today, he is often heard accompanying Sweden’s top singers or performing as soloist or in eclectic ensembles. In August 2011 he made his BBC Proms debut, performing Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint at the Royal Albert Hall.
By collaborating with composers and by rearranging songs and instrumental works for the guitar, he renews and expands the repertoire for the instrument. His discography is extensive. Since 2006 he is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and in 2011 he was awarded the Litteris et Artibus medal.
Mats Bergström lives in the heart of Uppland with his wife and three children as well as a varying number of hens.