Biography

Susanna Risberg is a celebrated guitarist and composer from Gothenburg, Sweden.


Having performed with a wide variety of musicians and artists, in different ways, 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 all over the world with her own groups ”Susanna Risberg Trio” and “Susanna Risberg Vilddjur Septett” she 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 and challenging things, 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. She studied with Mick Goddrick, David Fiuczynski, Hal Crook, Tim Miller among others. 2011 she was awarded the prestigious "Jimi Hendrix Award".


In October 2015 Susanna 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 ofcontexts. It started with an electric guitar and an idol named Jimi Hendrix. Today she is predicted to become oneof Sweden's leading guitar players". 


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


She has had her compositions performed by Bohuslän Big Band, Ellen Nisbeth, The Gothenburg Combo, among others.


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.


Susanna is endorsed by Olsson Amps and Strandberg Guitars.

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