STOCKHOLM JAZZ STRINGS is a unique string quartet that consists of both classical and jazz musicians. It is a project that was started to build bridges between the classical world and the jazz world and the quartet derives elements from both genres. The project is done in collaboration with the eminent musician and composer Alexander Ivarsson. He arranges the repertoire consisting of jazz songs taken from the American songbook and compositions written by members of the quartet. What makes the string quartet unique is that they mix improvisation into their repertoire. This gives all of the musicians the ability to influence the music with personal expression and shape the outcome of the piece.
TERESE LIEN EVENSTAD – violinist, was born in Norway and is the first jazz violinist in history to graduate from the Bachelor’s Program in Jazz-Performance at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Her music and performances have led to a nomination in the prestigious jazz prize of Jazzkatten in the category “Newcomer of the year 2018” which is awarded by the Swedish national radio P2. She was also awarded the “Louis Armstrong-scholarship” in 2018 with the motivation: “She has given the violin a new face within jazz”. Terese has also been honored to perform her music with “Bohuslän Big Band”, one of the most well known big bands in Sweden. She was invited to their project called “Up-and-coming artists 2019”, where they present young musicians who have made a name for themselves in the Swedish jazz society. In 2019 she was nominated for the concert series “Young Swedish Soloist 2019” produced by Scenkonst Sörmland and awarded the “J: son Scholarship” by Janne Schaffer and the Jury.
GAIANEH PILOSSIAN – violinist, a classically trained violinist who moves freely in the world of music and performing arts. As a freelance musician since 2012, she is often engaged in various pop and jazz contexts, recordings, performances, and an orchestral musician. She plays tango nuevo with ‘ON Y VA ENSEMBLE’ which has been awarded numerous scholarships for their performances and, together with Ruth Spargo, she runs the string quartet ‘that other quartet’. Gaianeh is also a member of the Berlin-based ‘c / o chamber orchestra’. She is educated at the University of Stage and Music in Gothenburg and Örebro School of Music. In addition to her projects, she has played with Folk Opera, Norrlandsoperan, Jojje Wadenius & Tommy Körberg, Blauba Dance Collective, Stockholm Strings, and others.
SVANTE SÖDERQVIST – cellist & double bassist, is best known as a double bassist in jazz, born and raised in Kilafors, Hälsingland. After studying at Fridhems Folkhögskola in Svalöv, he began his professional career in 2002 with four-year employment as a jazz musician at Estrad Norr in Östersund. Svante has been living and working in Stockholm since 2006 and has toured and recorded with artists such as Margareta Bengtsson (formerly Real Group), Rigmor Gustafsson, Peter Asplund, Magnus Lindgren, Mathias Algotsson, Stockholm Voices, Claes Janson and more. As a cellist, Söderqvist has a wide genre range and moves between jazz, classical music, and folk music. He has participated in musical theater performances at the Stockholm City Theater, recorded film music and participated in many different record productions in the jazz and pop genre.
ESTER FORSBERG – violist, is a classically trained violinist who has studied in Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo. The format Ensemble is warm to her heart and she is happy to explore new styles. As a chamber musician, she has performed at several prestigious chamber music festivals and in chamber music series, in both the Nordic and European countries. Since autumn 2018, she has been employed at the Norrlands Opera in Umeå, but she also regularly performs in orchestras in, among others, Oslo and Stockholm.