שלמה בן ורד הלוי   –  Shlomo Ben Vered Levi 

 כוהני לוי הופרדו כדי לשרת את ה’ 

I´m born in Gothenburg, Sweden. Third 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 Zubin Metha

Maestro Leonard Bernstein

I 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. 

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

Preforming with:

Jan Peter Big Band – US tour 1974

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;

Mount Everest demo

Jerusalem Jazz Festival 1982 with Leroy Lowe, Sergei Muchin and Lars Jansson

..and a gig at the Club Pargod – Jerusalem.

The Circus Orchestra of Olle Niklasson 1983.

After Shave & Galenskaparnas Orchestra 1985. In the front – my daughter Sara (2 years old)

Mats Eklöf, Olle Niklasson and myself – the Horn section ”The Screamers”.

AESTUS – a Art movie for SVT 1986. Prod. Ulf Aldevinge

On Way Tahiti – a DOC movie for SVT 1991. Prod. Ulf Aldevinge

Film scores to Ulf Gadds AESTUS. Ulf passed away 2008.

Liepajas Symphony Orchestra working with my Trumpet concert, opus 62. 1996.

Shofar playing on Rosh Hashana/Jom Kippor.

Viva Las Vegas gigs


Developed my electric trumpet playing with MIDI blower MDT.

The Dynamo Horns – the most widespread horn section in the samplist’s Universe…as we know it,,

Opening event with The King of Sweden. 1998.

Opening concert with The Tyfon Organ – The instruments first gig at Culture night of Goteborg 2002

Salomon Helperin Yiddish Salsa Band.

Sacral placid

KOHELET; Act III – My self, Harry Goldstein and Phax Ahamada

Zebra Syndicate at Nefertiti

Cantor Louis Garb and Cantor Laszlo Pasztor, soloists and the 2 chorus, 5 shofar payer, 12 brass and 2 harps, in opus 107. At 150 Anniversary of The Synagogue at Goteborg 2005.

Klezmer trio with Max Wulfson and Jonatan Jonsson. At ”Borsen” 2005.

Started Rune Seléns Culture Fundation – 2005

The City of Goteborg’s Monument over the Raul Wallenberg, May 23, 2007

Summer gigs 2007 with Said Belhaj at Bersa.


Folk music Festival at ”Stallet”, Stockholm 2007.

The 2007 Hasselblad Award Winner Nan Goldin

Africa pop alá Fela Kuti with M´Bang X

ZebraSyndicate at Nefertiti 2008

Memorial Day of The Holocaust.
With Bengt Nilsson at the Synagog of Goteborg 2009.

Mimers Trumpet Festival 2009

WordWideWindEnsemble, concert at Gothenburg Cathedral 2009. Said Belhaj – didgeridoo, hunting harp. Roy Andersson – shells, barks. Sam Helperin and myself – alp horn, duduk, zorna and shofar horn.

a lot of gigs with Said Belhaj …the Gothenburg Cathedral

or club gigs

Playing at the artist Claes Hakes pice of art, Central Station of Goteborg

Klezmer project with Kulturskolor in Sweden

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

Sacral Placid – church gigs

Inauguration of Water Environment Authority 2011

Ingemar Johansson – the sculpture was inaugurated Saturdag 17 September 2011 at The Ullevi Stadion, The Ingemar Johansson Plaza, Gotheburg. With trumpet and Tyfonorgan.

Cultural feast in Gothenburg 2012 with Phax Ahamada

West Got Barkhorn Blowers – at the Opera 2012
Rune Seléns Culture Fundation

ZebraSyndicate – Live at Nefertiti okt. 2012.
With Eriq Olin -guit. Negar Zarassi – voc. Alex Gabay – bass and Phax Ahamada – dance.

Negar Zarassi and The Orchestra – concerts and event gigs in Sweden 2012.

…and opera duo – Annedals Church – Gothenburg.

Mimers Trumpet Festival – Kungalv, Sweden.

lurspel2013 17
Rune Seléns Culture Fundation

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With Nils Landgren – the receiver of the Barkhorn of The Year 2013,  August 17, Opera of Gothenburg.

With Phax – ”MoveByBike” – Gothenburg

Gigs with Negar Zarassi, as duo or with ZebraSyndicate.

Solo Concert of the Gothenburg Cathedral.

Klezmergig – Gothenburg April 2014

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

New Tora in Chabbad-house of Gothenburg – 2014

10 Year Anniversary of Rune Seléns Culture Fund.
At The Opera of Goteborg – 2014.

jonkoping 2015
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; BeatBobSalA duo project with Robert Malton, electronic dance and lounge music 
with catchy brass for both tough clubs and softer events / lounge gigsLounge lineup

Klezmer weekend in Jönköping with Stefan Einhorn – feb. 2016

Summer gigs with The Helperin brothers
Varbergs Fortress – 2016

The Gothenburg Cathedral duo.
Sacral music – Gothenburg Cathedral, 2015, 2016, 2017

Memorial ceremony of the Holocaust in 2017

Serenad Conserts at Gunnebo Castle and Gardens 2017

Consert with MBO 2017-10-21

Concert with Alicia Svigals the World Culture Museum in Goteborg, 2018

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!The new organ is fantastic!

Varberg StumFilmsFestival 2019-download mov1.

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

Rehearsals for the Holocaust Memorial Day – Landvetter Church.

Every 27 Januari, Holocaust Memorial Day, became a magical moment – We must never forget.

Tower Music in the Cathedral Gothenburg, since 2005. <150 concerts.

Gig with DreamCenters StreetStompers, and

with Urban Ringbäck.

Göta Par Bricole, Göteborg.

Chanuka with Chabad/Namndars at Götaplatsen, Göteborg.

Gigs with organ player Bo Urban Nordgren since 1971.

Lea & Alex Namndar; To be in the Rebbe’s presence was to experience the pure joy of love of Hashem, love of Torah and love of every Jew. The Rebbe’s teachings and inspiration live on forever.

Summer gigs with Boana Said Belhaj – Bambaroui 2022

..with Zaka Diarre

Rapp live gig with Sarettii… 8 000 kids

Summer gigs with Mikael Kazeff / Gud i Brallan / Dror Feiler

The Brass-section of the Göteborg Salon Orchestra

Concert together with Gothenburg Cathedral’s Elfridakör. (Named after Gothenburg Cathedral’s first Cathedral Organist. (Elfrida Andrée 1841-1929. She was the first woman in Sweden to be examined as an organist (1857−60) and to become a Cathedral Organist – in 1867 she took up the position in Gothenburg Cathedral and held it until her death, )

Comment from my good old french horn friend Hjalmarsson

Chanukah 5783 (2022) Götaplatsen, Gothenburg, with a new acquaintance – violinist Sacha.

A new constellation – Shlojmelle & Tomelle (jidd: Salomon& Tomas), a trumpet and bass duo together with my childhood friend Tomas Ferngren.

Chanukah 5784 (2023) Götaplatsen, Gothenburg, with Rabbi Alexander Namndar.

We (WindCorp-my local brass shop) have a new instrument maker in Gothenburg, ”Metallblasinstrumentemacherhandwerker” (MeisterBrief, Handwerkskammer Chemnitz on 26.6.2004), Daniel Kreissig-Rossdeutscher. He did a fantastic renovation of my F-horn, made at factory Cerveny & Sons, Königgrätz ca 1870), for my 70th birthday March 11, 2024.

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Photo © Tomas Ferngren, Kristin Lidell, Shlomo Lewi, BBS, Mikael Olsson,
Robert Malton, Thore Rodelius, Peter Olovsson