“The population of jazz violinists have always been small but strong. One of the reasons for this is that violin is a difficult instrument. Despite talent, a lot of practicing is required. With Stephane Grappelli as a benchmark, Terese has practiced and practiced and practiced and finally found her own expression. She played with authority, grooving, technically brilliant and perfectly nuanced. Grappelli would have certainly enjoyed it.” – Hans Erik Bergman, Sundsvall magazine, 2017

Terese Lien Evenstad is originally from Elverum, Norway but moved to Ulricehamn, Sweden, as a child. She is classically trained and moved to Arvika as 18-year-old to study jazz at Ingesund Folkhögskola.

Upon her introduction to jazz and improvisation, she developed a unique expression that concern. The core of her sound oscillates between fragile and powerful, with a melodic phrasing that is also challenging. Her inspiration comes from many sources such as the great jazz violinists Ola Kvernberg, Fiona Monbet, Stuff Smith and Jean Luc Ponty but also other great musicians, teachers, family, friends and music styles.

Today, Terese has an Bachelor exam in jazz-performance at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. She fronts two bands, TLE and Thou Shalt Swing, but also participates in several different constellations in jazz and improvised music.

Review of the CD with TLE Quartet and Thou Shalt Swing in Sydsvenskan:

Review of TLE Quartet in Lira Musicmagazin:

Review of TLE Quartet in Swedens largest jazzmagazine, Orkesterjournalen, at:

Review of TLE Quartet and Thou Shalt Swing at DIG jazz:

Scholarship that she has received:
– Fredrika Bremer förbundets stiftelse 2016
– Fonogramstöd from Counsellor for Cultural Affairs 2016
– Scholarship from The Royal College of Music in Stockholm 2015

In addition to her musicianship, Terese is active in other ways within the Swedish jazz community. She sits on the Board of IMPRA (an improvised music association whose main focus is equality) and Swedish Django Reinhardt Company. She also works as a concert-host and books artists at Hotel Hellsten which is a part of Stockholm Jazz festival.



Photo: Alice Petz