Born in Gothenburg, Sweden. Second generation from a Jewish area in Tsar Russia.
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.
My artistic inspiration came in the 1970s from below Maestros – The Greatest Conductors:
Maestro Sergiu Comissiona
Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas
Maestro Zubin Metha
Maestro Leonard Bernstein
Maestro Herbert Blomstedt
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. (above mentioned Maestros) Worked in various symphony orchestras worldwide. 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/teachers:
1959-1967; Stig Alkhede, Goteborg
1968- 1974; Professor Bent Eklund – Goteborg, Oslo
And his teachers; Four below professors.
Knud Hovaldt – Copenhagen
Professor Edward Tarr – Basel, New York
Professor Harry Kvebaek – Oslo
The Master of contemporary art of electronic trumpet playing – 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 BoUrban 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
Film score production, Tal&Ton, Gothenburg 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
Folk music Festival at ”Stallet”, Stockholm 2007.
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
Serenad Conserts at Gunnebo Castle and Gardens 2017
Consert with MBO 2017-10-21
Israel’s 70th anniversary Israel’s 70th anniversary at NIMBUS, May 2018 / Iyar 5778 Association of Swedish Israeli Friendship Confederation
New collaboration with Larisa Ljungkrona.
Holocaust Day 2019. This year, the first time no survivor could give a personal testimony. Let’s never forget!
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
Memorial Day / Fair, became a magical moment. 100 I received a great deal of support from participating with the 100 confederates and church pastors and leaders. A worthy way to remember that we must never forget.
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Photo: 2020©Tomas Ferngren, Kristin Lidell, Shlomo Lewi, BBS, Mikael Olsson,
Robert Malton, Thore Rodelius, Peter Olovsson