Monday, September 26, 2011

SVANTE HENRYSON BIOGRAPHY

Svante Henryson grew up in Umeå in northern Sweden. His father was a Full Professor of Education, and his mother a Director of Studies in English at Umeå University.

At age 12, after falling in love-at-a-distance with a female bassist at a concert, Svante began playing electric bass in a rock band. Two years later, he switched to jazz and double bass. A concert with Stan Getz at the Umeå Jazz Festival made up his mind about becoming a musician. Another life-changing experience was hearing the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in concert in Östersund.

He left his hometown already at age 14 to study music: two years in Härnösand, three years at Ingesund College of Music and (later) one year at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

Still in his teens and halfway through music college, he became a member of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under Mariss Jansons 1983-1986. After making his solo debut with the Oslo Philharmonic in Vanhal's Bass Concerto , he became the orchestra's Assistant Principal Bassist.

1987-1989 he was Principal Bassist of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra led by Iona Brown.

After a drastic change in direction, he became bass guitarist of Yngwie Malmsteen's band 1989-1992. During this period he started playing cello, an instrument on which he is an autodidact.

Henrysons first solo album, Enkidu, was released in 1997. He has also been prominently featured on many other albums in a very wide musical area. As a session player he has worked with Stevie Wonder, Ryan Adams, Nestor Marconi, Elvis Costello and Steve Gadd.

Svante Henryson is a composer of orchestral music, as well as choral music and chamber music. His "Electric Bass Concerto", composed in 2007, introduces the electric bass in a new role as a classical solo instrument. Elvis Costello and Henryson collaborated as songwriters on the album "For the Stars".

Svante Henryson is an ECM recording artist, in various formations with Jon Balke, Arve Henriksen, Ketil Bjørnstad, Nils Petter Molvaer, Arild Andersen, Marilyn Mazur, Tord Gustavsen and Trygve Seim.

He also performs in chamber music duos and trios with Roland Pöntinen, Martin Fröst, Anne Sofie von Otter, Bengt Forsberg and Mikael Samuelson. Svante has been the Musical Director of Asian, American and European tours with Anne Sofie von Otter.

Svante Henryson currently lives in Stockholm, Sweden, and is married to Katarina Henryson, singer of The Real Group.

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