Biography

Susanna Risberg is a celebrated, award winning guitarist and composer from Gothenburg, Sweden. Having performed with a wide variety of musicians and artists such as Nils Landgren, Ellen Nisbeth, Marit Bergman, Fredrik Ljungkvist, Maria Schneider, Mats Gustafsson, Svante Thuresson, Miriam Bryant, Blue House Jazz Orchestra among others, received numerous awards and toured worldwide with her own groups ”Susanna Risberg Trio” and “Susanna Risberg Vilddjur Septett”, Risberg has already earned her place in the music world.

At the age of 10 she got her very first guitar. Inspired by her hero Jimi Hendrix she formed a blues/rock trio, which sooner developed into a quartet. They made great success around Sweden, performing at blues festivals and clubs. Always searching for new challenges, Risberg got more and more into jazz music, which due to her being a 15-year old female guitarist with a great talent for the music led to a lot of attention in the media.

In 2005 Risberg was awarded a Scholarship from the Albin Hagström Fund for guitarists. Soon thereafter she was contacted by Fender Musical Instruments and Guild Guitars and offered an endorsement. The following three years she performed as soloist with Blue House Jazz Orchestra led by Magnus Lindgren, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Gävle Symphony Orchestra and Mölndal Big Band in a collaboration with Svante Thuresson. She also formed her own trio, which has played at jazz clubs all over Sweden.

In 2008 she was accepted to Berklee College of Music on a scholarship. During her time at Berklee she studied with Mick Goodrick, David Fiuczynski, Hal Crook, Tim Miller among others. 2011 she was awarded the prestigious "Jimi Hendrix Award".

In October 2015 Risberg was awarded the prestigious prize "Jazzkatten", in the category "Newcomer of the Year" from the Swedish Radio, with the motivation "Despite her young age she is already a rising star with an extensive track record and a safe rock in a variety of contexts. It started with an electric guitar and an idol named Jimi Hendrix. Today she is predicted to become one of Sweden's leading guitar players". 

In 2019 she won the “Best Composition Award” for the tune “Lunde” at Sibiu International Jazz Competition.

As a leader she released four albums - “Susanna Risberg Trio” (2013), “Utfall” (2015), “Vilddjur” (2018)” and “Boiler Room” (2021, CAM JAZZ), all consisting mostly of original compositions. 

She composed music for the celebrated play “Leif”, starring Leif Andrée, directed by Ole Anders Tandberg and performed in it as a one person-orchestra.

Besides performing as a jazz guitarist, Risberg also has a career in composing for modern art music ensembles and has had her works performed by Ellen Nisbeth, Bohuslän Big Band, The Gothenburg Combo among others.

Susanna is endorsed by Olsson Amps and Strandberg Guitars.

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