Happy Birthday to Svante Henryson – born October 22, 1963!
Svante Henryson (born in Stockholm, Sweden) is a composer, cellist, bass guitarist and double bassist, active within jazz, classical music, and hard rock.
Childhood & Studies
Svante Henryson grew up in Umeå in northern Sweden. His father was a Full Professor of Education, and his mother a Director of Studies in English at Umeå University.
At age 12, after falling in love-at-a-distance with a female bassist at a concert, Svante began playing bass guitar in a rock band. Two years later, he switched to jazz and double bass. A concert with Stan Getz at the Umeå Jazz Festival made up his mind about becoming a musician. Another life-changing experience was hearing the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in concert in Östersund.
He left his hometown already at age 14 to study music: two years in Härnösand, three years at Ingesund College of Music and (later) one year at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He was Principal Double Bass of the World Youth Orchestra 1983 to 1984.
Early professional years
Still in his teens and halfway through music college, he became a member of the Oslo Philharmonic under Mariss Jansons 1983–1986. After making his solo debut with the Oslo Philharmonic in Wanhal’s Bass Concerto, he became the orchestra’s Assistant Principal Bassist.
1987–1989 he was Principal Bassist of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra led by Iona Brown.
After a drastic change in direction, he became bass guitarist of Yngwie Malmsteen’s band 1989–1992. During this period he started playing cello, an instrument on which he is an autodidact.
Henrysons first solo album, Enkidu, was released in 1997. He has also been prominently featured on many other albums in a very wide musical area.
As a session player he has worked with Stevie Wonder, Ryan Adams, Elvis Costello and Steve Gadd.