Jonas Nordberg

Lutes & Guitars


2016 dates
January 9th 3pm Musikaliska, Stockholm: World-premiere of Ingjutet i mitt hjärta, opera w music by A. Bembo, E.J de la Guerre & M. Petersson
January 16 3pm Röda Sten, Gothenburg: Ingjutet i mitt hjärta
January 17 3pm Röda Sten, Gothenburg: Ingjutet i mitt hjärta
January 18 7pm Röda Sten, Gothenburg: Ingjutet i mitt hjärta
January 19 7pm Röda Sten, Gothenburg: Ingjutet i mitt hjärta
January 26 7pm Babelsberg, Härnösand: Ingjutet i mitt hjärta
February 5 6pm Palladium, Gothenburg: Ingjutet i mitt hjärta
February 28 8pm Kammarmusik i Vintertid festival, Utterbyn: Solo recital & duo w Henrik Frendin
March 12 3pm Musikaliska, Stockholm: Blåsarsymfonikerna & Olof Boman, music by Roman, de la Guerre, Charpentier et al
March 25 3pm Stora kyrkan, Östersund: Lecons de Tenébres, Couperin
March 26 6pm Oscarskyrkan, Stockholm: World-premiere of Judassånger by Pär Olofsson
April 2 location tbc, Stockholm: duo recital w soprano Ruby Hughes, music by Strozzi, Dowland et al
April 8 10pm Stavanger Konserthus, Norway: Vivaldi recorder concertos w Dan Laurin & 1B1
April 23 2.15pm The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK: duo recital w Ruby Hughes broadcast live on BBC radio 3, part of the Shakespeare centenary celebrations
April 28-May 3 Länna kyrka: recording session Heroines of the Baroque for BIS Records w Ruby Hughes & Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann, baroque cello
May 7 7pm National Sawdust NYC, US: Vivaldi recorder concertos w Dan Laurin & 1B1, solo pieces by Gaspar Sanz
May 17 Instituto Cervantes, Stockholm: lecture-recital with SEMF director Peter Pontvik, music by Gaspar Sanz & Robert de Visée
May 22 private venue, Stockholm: chamber music by Vivaldi, Finger, Locke, Barsanti & others with Per Gross, recorder & Beata Söderberg, baroque cello
June 3, 4 & 5 11.00pm Storkyrkosalen, Stockholm Early Music Festival: late night solo recitals experienced in a reclined position, music by de Visée, Weiss & Dufaut
June 6 6.30pm Swedish Embassy, Lisboa, PT: duo recital w mezzo-soprano Amanda Liljefors
June 9 7pm Brännkyrka church, Stockholm: duo & solo recital w soprano Christina Larsson Malmberg, music by Dowland, Johnson, Purcell & Strozzi
June 24 Ovanåker church: duo recital w Kristine West, recorder, repertoire tbc
July 14 6pm Skottorps slott, Halland opera & vocal festival: Ingjutet i mitt hjärta, music by Bembo, de la Guerre & M. Petersson
July 20 Falu Kristine church, Falun: duo recital w Kristine West, recorder, repertoire tbc
July 27-30 Hampstead, London: Recording for Chandos w Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Laurence Cummings & Ruby Hughes. Music by G.F Händel, T. Arne, J.C Smith & others.
August 30 7pm Berwaldhallen, Stockholm, Östersjöfestivalen. Arias & orchestral music by G.F Händel w Concerto Köln, Swedish Radio Choir, Olof Boman & Ann Hallenberg.
September 27 1pm Sabbatsbergs church, Stockholm. Solo recital.
September 27 tbc Nationalgalleriet, Stockholm. Electric guitar trio w ensemble Krock.
October 7 tbc Tellus Bio, Stockholm. Electric guitar trio w ensemble Krock.
October 16 tbc  Danderyds kyrka, Stockholm. Music by Vivaldi & others w Kristine West, recorder, Danderyds Vokalensemble & Rikard Karlsson, Elias Gammelgård, Catalina Langborn, violins, Andrea Ravandoni, viola, Stina Petersson, cello, Sarah Nygren, bass & Marcus Mohlin, harpsichord.
October 21 tbc Copenhagen, Denmark. Ingjutet i mitt hjärta, opera w music by A. Bembo, E.J de la Guerre & M. Petersson.
October 23 tbc Berlin, Germany. Ingjutet i mitt hjärta, opera w music by A. Bembo, E.J de la Guerre & M. Petersson.
October 29 tbc Voss, Norway. Duo recital w Kristine West, recorder @Osa Festival.
November 26 tbc Vallentuna, Sweden. Solo recital @ Vallentuna Guitar Festival.


December 9th Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter announced their favorite recordings of 2015. Jonas recital album for Eudora Records was chosen amongst the top five classical albums together with albums with Esa-Pekka Salonen/Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Jakob Koranyi/Västerås Sinfonietta, Andreas Staier/Freiburger Barockorchester & Grigory Sokolov.



Swedish lutenist and guitarist Jonas Nordberg belongs to the new generation of exciting musicians in the field of plucked instruments. A graduate of the Mozarteum University Salzburg (MA Summa cum Laude 2011), he has an active schedule as a performing artist on lutes and guitars. Thereby his repertoire ranges from early renaissance lute music to contemporary soundscape explorations. In between we find solo repertoire for baroque lute, baroque guitar, early 19th century guitar and theorbo.

He has an extensive collaboration with choreographer Kenneth Kvarnström, resulting in several large scale stage works in recent years. The meeting between baroque music and contemporary dance gives the music a new dimension, a visual chamber music partner for the solo pieces and a way to communicate through physical gestures and impulses. In 2013 Nordberg and Kvarnström teamed up for a critically acclaimed duet, sofa(r), combining elements of dance, baroque music for lute and theorbo, electronic music and speech in a dark work exploring death. This also marked his debut as a dancer.

Nordberg has a strong interest in collaborating with singers and past colleagues include Susanne Rydén, Olle Persson, Ruby Hughes, Elin Rombo, Christina Larsson Malmberg, Lena-Susanne Norin and Christina Högman. He also works together with Operabyrån, co-creating the cutting edge stage work Love and the Courtesan (2013) together with Christina Larsson Malmberg (soprano), Catalina Langborn (baroque violin) and Karin Modigh (dance). It is a piece based on a libretto on the life of Barbara Strozzi including music by her and other female 17th century composers. In 2016 they followed up the success with the premiere of ‘Ingjutet i mitt hjärta’, a new chamber opera this time diving into the fate of 17th century composer Antonia Bembo, with her music meeting new electronic music by Mattias Petersson.

Venues and festivals the past seasons include Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus, Greenwich Early Music Festival, Stockholm Early Music Festival, Movimentos festwochen Wolfsburg, BAM New York, National Sawdust NYC, Mozarteum Salzburg, Malmö Opera, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Helsingfors Stadsteater, Salzburger Landestheater, Palladium Malmö,Herculessaal Residenz München, Concertgebouw Brügge, Theater Bonn Opernhaus, Grand Théatre Luxembourg, Vadstena Gamla Teater and Norrlandsoperan amongst several other concert halls and churches around Sweden and Europe.

In 2015 his solo debut album for Eudora Records ‘Music by de Visée, Weiss & Dufaut’ was released and has since received raving reviews worldwide. It was chosen amongst the top five classical albums of the year by Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter. He has recorded three albums for BIS Records with recorder player Dan Laurin, covering the flute sonatas by Swedish composer Johan Helmich Roman on two albums as well as recorder concertos by Antonio Vivaldi on another release. In March 2017 yet another release for BIS Records will feature music by female composers and fictive heroines on an album titled ‘Heroines’ together with Ruby Hughes, soprano and Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann, baroque cello. His work has also been seen and heard on Swedish state television (SVT), BBC Radio, Sveriges Radio & Deutschlandfunk.



Jonas Nordberg

Jonas Nordberg – Music by de Visée, Weiss & Dufaut

For his début solo recording, Swedish lutenist Jonas Nordberg presents a delightful selection of works for Baroque lute and theorbo; the grandeur and elevated spirit of the French Baroque music of Dufaut and de Visée alternate with the refinement and extraordinary originality of the works of Silvius Leopold Weiss, who was regarded as the finest lutenist of his time. Jonas Nordberg, who has recorded three albums for BIS with recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin, gives personal and intense performances of these pieces, recorded in the gorgeous acoustic of the 13th Century Spanish church of San Francisco, in Ávila.

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J. H. Roman – The 12 Flute Sonatas vol. 1 (sonatas I-V)

Dan Laurin, recorder
Jonas Nordberg, baroque guitar
Mats Olofsson, cello
Anna Paradiso, harpsichord

In Stockholm during Johan Helmich Roman’s lifetime, the recorder was the most common wind instrument, used throughout the social spectrum including the Royal music establishment for which the composer was responsible. The transverse flute, on the other hand, was generally the preserve of the upper classes the nobility and bourgeosie. Possibly this higher status contributed to Roman’s choice of instrument for the set of XII Sonate a flauto traverso, violone e cembalo that he presented to Queen Ulrika Eleonora the Younger on her birthday in 1727. But that hasn’t stopped the celebrated recorder player Dan Laurin to take up his countrymans sonatas on his own instrument. In a text included in the CD booklet, Laurin explains his fascination with Roman’s music: ‘complex emotional contexts are contrasted with folk music forms such as the villanella or piva the music is asymmetrical, irregular and full of unexpected twists, sudden pauses and cadences.’ In it, Laurin hears the influence of the Italian musicians that Roman met in London during his stay there 1715-1721. Especially striking he finds Roman’s affinity with the music of Naples a music that challenged the stylistic ideals of the baroque. With his fellow musicians in Paradiso Musicale, Laurin therefore opts for an Italianate slant different continuo settings, ranging from harpsichord alone to the full complement including baroque guitar, provide great variety in realizations characterized by bold and striking harmonizations.

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image J.H Roman – The 12 Flute Sonatas vol. 2 (sonatas VI-XII)

With its ample playing time, the present disc completes Laurin’s survey of the sonatas, begun on BIS-2105 with Sonatas 1-5, a disc which received a recommendation on the web site and acclaim in Gramophone: ‘Dan Laurin brings all his customary verve and eloquence in pieces whose emotional content is as unpredictable as the sequence of movements.’ Together with the companion discs of Roman’s 12 keyboard sonatas recorded by Anna Paradiso, the set highlights the inquisitive mind and wide-ranging sensibilities of a composer who, although active in the far north of Europe showed a keen interest in what was happening on the continent.

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jonasvivaldi  A. Vivaldi – Recorder Concertos, Dan Laurin/1B1

The Swedish recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin has demonstrated his remarkable versatility on some thirty recordings on BIS, ranging from a nine-disc set with 17th-century composer Jacob van Eyck’s complete Der Fluyten Lust-hof to the recent Rock that Flute, with music for recorder and strings written in 2013 by the Dutch composer Chiel Meijering. During a recording career that stretches over almost 30 years, Laurin keeps returning to one particular set of works, however: the concertos by Antonio Vivaldi. Three of the works (the Concertos RV 441, 443 and 444) included on his latest release he has recorded more than once before, with ensembles such as the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, Bach Collegium Japan and Arte dei Suonatori. For his latest ‘take’ on these favourites Laurin has joined forces with the young and vibrant Norwegian string ensemble 1B1 (shorthand for Ensemble Bjergsted 1). As he explains in his own liner notes for the present disc, he was inspired by his work on transcribing and performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: ‘A close reading of RV441 and RV443–445 reveals great similarities between these works and The Four Seasons: sudden changes of moods, turbulent emotions, burlesque whims mixed with sublime beauty and elegance… My aim here is to explore the recorder concertos with the same freedom and spontaneity that characterize the modern-day approach to the Seasons.’ Laurin’s recording of the Seasons has been called ‘undoubtedly the best transcription to date’ (Diapason) and ‘never hackneyed, but instead invigoratingly fresh and vibrant’ (Clarino), verdicts which can only fuel the expectations concerning this his latest version of the recorder concertos.

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image Kristine West – Recorder

A thrilling debut album with a unique blend of baroque music, minimalism and folk music, with a wide spectrum of musical colourfulness. With her roots in the Swedish folk music, Kristine West takes on baroque music as well as contemporary music in a free and open minded way. Her playing is characterised by latitude and easiness, with the aim to create an experience of presence – with a conviction that what occurs in the musical moment is the only thing that exists. The interpretation can constantly change and be reconsidered – depending on fellow musicians, the acoustics and the audience. In this way the music is constantly alive, built on impulse, interplay and sense, free to reflect the mutual experience of the moment.

Jonas performs three Scottish pieces by Barsanti as well as a recorder concerto by Vivaldi on the critically acclaimed debut album by Swedish recorder virtuoso Kristine West




Dagens Nyheter on recital album 2015 (in Swedish)

High-Res Audio on recital album 2015 (two reviews)

Opus Klassiek on recital album 2015 (in Dutch)

Nerikes Allehanda on recital album 2015 (in Swedish)

Norran on recital album 2015 (in Swedish)

“…a beautiful shift takes place between the organically pulsating pieces where Nordberg is playing and Kvarnström is dancing, and the passages where recorded electronica creates a more restricted movement pattern, where Nordberg leaves the instruments and fine duets become possible… Nordberg makes a strong dance performance, where the solo where he shapes the air around him with black shimmering confetti, or is it dust, becomes one of the moest beautiful moments of the performance…” – Västerbottens-kuriren, 2015

”…painfully beautiful. Sweetly alive art in a rare fine combination…” – Dagens Nyheter, 2014

”…astonishing music, seamlessly presented by Nordberg who plays it clearly, listening, strong…”– Expressen, 2014

“…the completely brilliant Jonas Nordberg on theorbo, lute and guitar…” – Dagens Nyheter, 2014

“The notes from the lute reach my heart when Nordberg is playing standing with his back towards the audience. His face against the light as if there was something beautiful beyond the darkness…” – Nummer, 2014

”…a passion wanting to explode in the chest, which finds its way into our senses with melancholic timbres which Jonas Nordberg and Christoph Urbanetz perceptively create from the lute, theorbo and viola da gamba.” – Svenska Dagblaget, 2014

”…the music glitters with melancholy and offers solitude to our senses…for some moments Nordberg leaves his instruments and dances, to deep bass sound and heavy electronica chords. In a strong solo Nordberg’s naked back is shimmering in the smoke filled light…” Svenska Dagbladet, 2013

“…Jonas Nordberg has an unusual physical expressivity in his handling of the theorbo and baroque lute. He treats the baroque chords emotionally, expressing rises and falls with his face almost as were it jazz improvisation. “ – Hallands Nyheter, 2013

”…Eva Fegers, superbly accompanied on the theorbo by Swedish lutenist and guitarist, Jonas Nordberg, a star in his own right…” – on Moeck Recorder Competition, 2011

“…Jonas Nordberg is a notable theorbist who ‘drove from the bass’ (as stressed importantly by Julia Bishop discussing continuo in the master class). His chosen strings (not gut) enhanced the power of an instrument which often looks better than it can be heard). We enjoyed his complete visibility, including a hunched posture reminiscent of the young Franz Bruggen playing the recorder!…” –, 2011





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