Soloists » Svante Henryson, cello

A virtuoso of three instruments, a composer of orchestral music, and an improviser fluent in all musical languages, Svante Henryson moves boundlessly across the entire musical spectrum. As a cellist, performing in jazz, world music or rock, he makes the cello sound as if it always belonged there.

Svante grew up in Umeå in northern Sweden, playing at the local jazz clubs as a fourteen- year-old bass player. As a double bassist, still in his teens, he became a member of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.Then there was also a three-year stint as a bass guitarist with rock guitar legend Yngwie Malmsteen. As a composer, his work includes symphonic, choral, chamber and jazz music, as well as several concerti for the cello and the electric bass. His Sonata for Solo Violin was awarded the Chamber Music of the Year in Sweden. Noted performers of his works include Anne-Sofie von Otter, Elvis Costello, Martin Fröst and Roland Pöntinen. As an improviser, Svante Henryson belongs to the top layer of modern Scandinavian jazz musicians.

Awards include Jazz Musician of the Year in Sweden 2014, and the prestigious Nordic Council Music Prize in 2015.