Lina Nyberg

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Lina Nyberg
Born (1970-02-27) February 27, 1970 (age 49)
Stockholm, Sweden
Occupation(s)Singer, composer
Years active1990–present

Lina Nyberg (born February 27, 1970) is a Swedish jazz singer and composer. She has composed works for string quartet, big band, and symphony orchestra. She is married to the Swedish jazz clarinettist and saxophonist Fredrik Ljungkvist.[1][2]


In 1990 Nyberg put together her own band, the Lina Nyberg Quintet, comprising Per "Texas" Johansson, Esbjörn Svensson, Dan Berglund, and Mikel Ulfberg. After her graduation at the Stockholm Royal College of Music as a Master of Fine Arts in 1993, Nyberg released her debut solo album Close (1993), a duo recording with late pianist Esbjörn Svensson from the well known Swedish trio EST, and it became an instant success and Swedish jazz classic. This was also the beginning of a fruitful cooperation with the producer and owner of Prophone Records, Erland Boëthius.[1]

In 1995 the Lina Nyberg Quintet was awarded a Swedish Grammy Award for the album When the Smile Shines Through. Nyberg has released over fourteen albums as a solo artist, filling the roles of composer, record producer, and singer. In September 2011 she released Palaver (Moserobie Records). Her music is a mixture of influences from Brazilian tropicalia, European free form, contemporary classical, the Great American Songbook, and traditional jazz.[1]

In 2013 the Lina Nyberg Band made its first tour in the U.S. and Canada. During her career, she has collaborated with Bernt Rosengren, Nisse Sandström, and the Fredrik Norén Band.[3]

Since 2013 Lina has been working on a trilogy of albums, composing new music about the world and the elements for different kind of settings, exploring the art of instrumentation. Part 1, “Sirenades” (music for big band and her quintet), was released in 2014, part 2, “Aerials” (music for string quartet and her quintet) in 2016, and in the fall of 2017 the final part, “Terrestrial” (Hoob records) was released. This time Lina has created music for symphony orchestra (and her band) on commission from the NorrlandsOpera Symphony Orchestra in Umeå. The piece will be performed at Umeå Jazz Festival in October 2017 (NorrlandsOpera). 2017 Lina Nyberg was selected to be a part of the Swedish Artistic Residency in Vancouver due to the collaboration between The Swedish Arts Grants Committee and Coastal Jazz. (Coastal Jazz)


  • Swedish Grammy, Jazz CD of the year (1994)
  • Jazz musician of the Year prize (Swedish Radio, March 2011)
  • Guest of Honour at the Umeå International Jazz Festival (October 2011)
  • Royal Swedish Academy of Music Jazz Prize (KMA 2016)
  • The Gyllene Skivan 2018 for "Terrestrial", Best Jazz album of the Year award from the Jazz Magazine Orkesterjournalen. ([1])


  • 1993 – Close (Prophone)
  • 1994 – When the Smile Shines Through (Prophone)
  • 1996 – So Many Stars (Prophone)
  • 1996 – Quintet (Prophone)
  • 1997 – Temper (Prophone)
  • 1998 – Open (Prophone)
  • 2000 – Smile (Prophone)
  • 2001 – Brasilien (Prophone)
  • 2003 – Time (Prophone)
  • 2004 – A Song Book (Spice of Life)
  • 2004 – Saragasso (Moserobie)[4]
  • 2006 – Tellus (Moserobie)
  • 2007 – Brasil Big Bom (Caprice)
  • 2009 – The Show (Moserobie)
  • 2010 – West Side Story (Hoob)
  • 2011 – Palaver (Moserobie)
  • 2013 – The Sirenades (Hoob), released 2014[5][6]
  • 2016 – Aerials (Hoob) with Vindla String Quartet
  • 2017 – Terrestrial (Hoob) with NorrlandsOperan Symphony Orchestra


  1. ^ a b c "Lina Nyberg". Biography. Retrieved 2014-11-09.
  2. ^ Buchmann, Anja (2009-03-16). "Lina Nyberg "Pling"" (in German). Deutschlandfunk. Retrieved 2013-04-25.
  3. ^ "Lina Nyberg Band". Ottawa Jazz Festival. 23 June 2013. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Lina Nyberg - Saragasso" (in Swedish). Svenska Dagbladet. 8 October 2004. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  5. ^ Hareuveni, Eyal (2014-04-02). "Lina Nyberg: The Sirenades". Musical reviews. All About Jazz. Retrieved 2014-11-09.
  6. ^ "Lina Nyberg". Discography. All Music. Retrieved 2014-11-09.

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