Lina Nyberg – biography

Lina Nyberg is one of Sweden’s most creative and innovative jazz singers and contemporary composers. For more than 20 years she has been attracting consistent and widespread attention, mainly in Scandinavia, but also in many other parts of the world.
Lina Nyberg was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1970 and raised in an artistic home, both parents being artists/illustrators. After gratuating from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm in 1993 she released her first CD Close (Prophone records). A duo recording with late jazz pianist Esbjörn Svensson. An instant success and Swedish jazz classic.

As a solo artist she has released 24 albums.

She has received awards as Lars Gullin prize, Swedish Royal Academy of music Jazz prize, but also a Swedish Grammy and the “Gyllene Skivan award” for “jazz album of the year”.

As a composer she has writing works on commission from big bands, string quartets other chamber
settings and symphony orchestras.
One of her most significant works are the album trilogy with pieces for big band – Sirenades 2014, for stringquartet – Aerials 2016 and for symphony orchestra – Terrestrial 2017.
The trilogy confirmed her as one of the most exciting composers in Scandinavia right now connecting the rhythmic and harmonic parts of her European jazz background with a contemporary classical language.

In 2020 the album “the Clouds” was released with her new all star constellation, Lina Nyberg Tentet, her regular quintet reinforced with five of the most brilliant horn players one can find in Europe today. The album recieved great reviews from for example All About Jazz.

During 2023 she was the composer in residence with Bohuslän Big Band and also performed and conducted her big band music with the Danish Radio Big Band.

In 2024 Lina introduces a new constellation with Daniel Karlsson piano, Mauritz Agnas bass and Peter Danemo drums with the distinguished guest reed player Fredrik Ljungkvist and the Norwegian trumpet player Hildegunn Øiseth.

Lina Nyberg has a long experience as a teacher, coaching ensembles, improvisers, composers and of course singers since 1993. She is the Associate Professor in Jazz Voice at Grieg Academy of music in Bergen, Norway. (more about that HERE)

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Some reviews on Linas work:
”…playful and whimsical but also thoughtful and profound; carefully arranged, melodic and even sentimental, but also borders fearlessly with the experimental… a most inspiring, profound work of art…” All About Jazz
“Nyberg’s incredible command of the lyrics and music, and compelling musical vision make this ambitious storytelling project riveting.” DownBeat Magazine
” With her arresting delivery, moving, poetic songs and exquisite orchestral arrangements tempts us to listen very carefully. Then, letting our joy guide us to act better, more humanly, even adopt an inclusive feminist approach.” SALT-PEANUTS.EU
“Going from dramatic and cloudy to bright, Nyberg and her band seemed like extensions of one another,
despite the music’s unpredictable idiosyncrasies.” DownBeat Magazine
“This work has a lot to offer, it is so rich in all it’s many parameters that it needs multiple listenings to grasp on the whole. In the end, we are entirely satisfied” PORTUGAL


Svensk BIO här:

LINA NYBERG är född i Stockholm 1970.
Hon är utbildad vid Kungliga Musikhögskolan i Stockholm. Under 30 års tid har hon verkat som
jazzsångerska och komponist med turnéer i Sverige och utomlands.
Lina Nyberg har gjort 23 album i eget namn, från debuten med duoskivan Close (1993) med pianisten
Esbjörn Svensson till de senaste Anniverse (Hoob records 2022) med hennes nuvarande band och The
World’s a Stage med Bohuslän Big Band (Prophone/Naxos 2023).
Med Terrestrial-trilogin 2014-2017, med bland annat Norrlandsoperans symfoniorkester och Vindla
Stringquartet fick hon sitt stora genombrott som komponist.
(för komplett lista över utgivna album se nedan)
Lina Nyberg har fått ett antal utmärkelser:
Composer in residence Bohuslän Big Band 2022-23
Jan Johansson stipendiet 2021
Stockholms stads kulturstipendium 2021
Gyllene skivan för Terrestrial, 2018 (årets album – tidningen Orkesterjournalen)
Kungliga Musikaliska Akademiens jazzpris 2016
Konstnärsnämndens 10-åriga arbetsstipendium 2006-2016
Lars Gullin priset 2014
Bert Levins minnesfond 2014
Sveriges Radios ”Årets Musiker” Jazzkatten 2011
Riksförbundet Svensk Jazz ”Jazzkannan” 2011
Grammis 1995
Sedan 2020 är Nyberg också ledamot i Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien. Hon är medlem i Föreningen
Svenska Tonsättare (FST) & SKAP.
Lina Nyberg är Associate Professor (Lektor) i jazzsång vid Grieg Academy of Music i Bergen, Norge.