Esbjörn Svensson

Photo Monica Dupouy

Esbjörn Svensson (1964 – 2008) Swedish Musician, Composer and Founder of e.s.t Esbjörn Svensson Trio.

Esbjörn Svensson is one of the most well known and successful Swedish musicians of all time. His music and the way he played the piano can be described as energetic, experimental and innovative. It has its roots in jazz music but with influences from both classical music and pop/rock.

Esbjörn was born in Skultuna 1964. His mother played classical music on the piano and his father listened to all the great jazz musicians on the radio and gramophone and Esbjörn himself listened to Radio Luxembourg to hear the latest pop and rock.

After playing in different constellations of swedish jazz groups Esbjörn wanted to explore his own music and started e.s.t Esbjörn Svensson Trio together with his childhood friend Magnus Öström, drums and Dan Berglund, base. 

1993 e.s.t released their first album “When Everyone has Gone”, but it was with the album “From Gagarin’s Point of View ” in 1999 that they made their international breakthrough. 

Touring almost 100 days a year created a great audience both in Europe and the rest of the world. To play live, meet the audience, and create music moments was the impulsion to be on tour and with their non boundary music they found their way to many non-jazz listeners around the world. 

e.s.t recorded eleven studio albums and three live albums before Esbjörn died in an accident in June 2008. At this time e.s.t was one of Europe’s most successful Jazz trios with a career spanning over 15 years and the first ever European band to be featured on the front cover of US jazz bible Downbeat.

The trio’s last album “Leucocyte” was recorded in Sydney, Australia and was released posthumously a few months after Esbjörns passing, 


1993When Everyone Has Gone

1995e.s.t. Live ’95

1996Esbjörn Svensson Trio Plays Monk

1997Winter in Venice

1999From Gagarin’s Point of View

2000Good Morning Susie Soho

2002Strange Place for Snow

2003Seven Days of Falling


2006Tuesday Wonderland

2007Live in Hamburg



2018 – e.s.t. Live in London (recorded 2005)


1996 – Kära du (with Louise Hoffsten & Lasse Englund)

1997 – Intromotion (with Krister Andersson)

1998 – Var blev ni av (with Freddie Wadling)

1999 – Ballads (with Nils Landgren)

2005Jag vill aldrig mer vara ful och ensam (with Kristina Lugn)


2003Live in Stockholm


2018 – Filmen om Esbjörn Svensson/A portrait of Esbjörn Svensson by David Tarrodi