שלמה בן ורד – משבט לוי
Shlomo Ben Vered – Levi tribe
Born in Gothenburg, second generation from a Jewish area in Tsar Russia. Relationship via my grandmother Sara Helperin (born Rabinovitj) with the Yiddish writer Sholom Nahumovitj Rabinovitj, 1859 Ukraine – 1916 USA. Pseudonym for Sholom Aleichem, the writer of ”Tevjie the milk driver” the story in ”Fiddler on the roof”.
Began playing the trumpet and piano at the age of five. When I turned sixteen my life got very intense, mixing studies at Music Conservatory with playing trumpet in symphony orchestras worldwide.
Under The Greatest Conductors:
Michael Tilson Thomas
Learned at a young age to love, respect and convey tradition-bearing music. Some of the greatest conductors and performers contributed to my basic musical development. Worked in various symphony orchestras. 1972, 1973 and 1974, as the only Scandinavian trumpet player who qualified for the ”World Orchestra” of Jeunesses Musicales. The orchestra, lead by the greatest maestros in the world, (above) toured in Europe, US, Canada and Israel.
My Trumpet Professors:
Professor Bent Eklund – Goteborg, Oslo
Professor Edward Tarr – Basel, New York
Professor Adolh Herseth – Cigago Symphoni Orchestra
Professor Harry Kvebaek – Oslo Pilharmonic Orchestra
The Master of Trumpet Art – Palle Mikkelborg.
Between 1975 and 1980 I worked as conductor, composer and musician at The Main Dramatic Theater of Gothenburg and other artistic institutions. From 1980 and onwards I have chosen to work strictly as a free lancer. As an independent artist Igot experience from different resorts:
Baroque Concerts, 1974 – 1982 in Dalsland-Sweden, Prof. Bengt Eklunds Baroque Ensemble. From left: myself, Kaj Nystrom, Torbjorn Hultmark, Martin Soderlund, the organ player Bo Urban Nordgren, Professor Bengt Eklund, Agne Beckung, Helen Bengtsson, Lars Eriksson, Eber Akesson, Agne Jansson, Magnus Johansson, Borge Westerlund and Claes Willig.
Division leader and trumpet player with the great Chorus – Worldwide.
Europe tour, with another 2 full-time Albert Halls / London with Cliff Richards in 1974
Live Studio Productions from 1979:
Montevideo” – record labels JUPITER INDUSTRY. JAPAN – world wide rights.
With Ulf Wakenius, Hasse Ohlsson, Tomas Fanto, Matz Nilsson, Anders Kjellberg, Mikael Andersson, Kent helgesen and Jan Forslund.
The horn section of M`Bango X (Fela Kuti Afropop) – Heavy Afro Pop / Fela Kuti 1980. Bottom line from left: Harald Stenstrom, Olle Niklasson, Mats Eklov and Bert Lloyd. Top line from left: myself and Magnus Johansson.
And along others;
Viva Las Vegas gigs
2004 – Salomon Helperin Yiddish Salsa Band.
The City of Goteborg Monument over Holocaust 2009
Sacral Placid July 2010 at the Gothenburg Cathedral article 2010-GP
European Jewish Federation Conference in Budapest
ZebraSyndicate – Live at Nefertiti okt. 2012.
With Eriq Olin -guit. Negar Zarassi – voc. Alex Gabay – bass and Phax Ahamada – dance.
May 9, 2014 Inauguration ceremony – the linking of existing conference building (Gert Wingårdh) with the new hotel building. The owner – The Family of Brandstrom with Jonas as a driving engine, expands this his idea with Öijared resort
A fruitful Klezmer project springtime 2015 in Jönköping / Sweden. In Huskvarna and Dalviks churches with their choirs and local musicians. Produced by my friend Linda Sandstrom. A blessed musician and conductor. Happiness, Yiddischkeit – The power of Music with Adonays spiritual guidance. Local Radio SR Interview ( in swedish )
2015 a new concept – BBS; BeatBobSal. A duo project with Robert Malton, electronic dance and lounge music with catchy brass for both tough clubs and softer events / lounge gigs. Lounge lineup – Lobby54.com
The Gothenburg Cathedral duo.
Sacral music – Gothenburg Cathedral, 2015, 2016, 2017
Tower Music from the roof of the Gothenburg Cathedral.
The tradition lives on – Saturdays, July – August 2017. Since 2005
Serenad Conserts at Gunnebo Castle and Gardens 2017
Consert with MBO 2017-10-21
New collaboration with Larisa Ljungkrona.
Holocaust Day 2019. This year, the first time no survivor could give a personal testimony. Let’s never forget!
Backstage after gig with Mikael Katzeff 2019-05-01
A completely unique art event, a silent film festival in Varberg 23-35 May 2019. Student films together with two Buster Keaton and the legendary ”METROPOLIS” by Fritz Lang. Large orchestra at Varberg’s Theater (pictured), small ensembles at café shows and a special Metropolis-ensemble of 11 musicians-readers, students and signed. Specially composed music for all 8 movies of my self. Great joy ! –download mov.2
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Photo: 2019©Kristin Lidell, Shlomo Lewi, BBS, Mikael Olsson,
Robert Malton, Thore Rodelius, Peter Olovsson