Guitarist Mats Bergström (b. 1961 in Gävle, Sweden) grew up in a family of musicians in Stockholm. After graduating from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, a further year of study in London and a debut concert in Wigmore Hall, he primarily worked as a session musician during the 1980s, playing his trade with both the electric and acoustic guitar. Two years of study at the Juilliard School in New York at the beginning of the 1990s were followed by a conscious orientation towards chamber music. These days he can often be heard accompanying our foremost singers or as a cross-boundary soloist and ensemble musician.
During the 2011 BBC Proms, his performance of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint was a major success at the Royal Albert Hall. The following year his recording of the same piece was released on CD and Blu-ray. His discography also includes Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin with Olle Persson (Caprice), My Love with Malena Ernman (BIS), Sånger utan ord with Georg Riedel (Naxos), Tárrega: Guitar Music (Naxos) and Dadodado (Mats Bergström Musik).
In the last few concert seasons, engagements with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, London Sinfonietta, Barcelona 216, Anne Sofie von Otter and Malena Ernman have taken him to the Wiener Musikverein, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Royal Festival Hall (London), Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires) Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris) and Dalhalla (Rättvik in Sweden). He has also presented his interpretation of Bach’s collected works for the solo violin, Sei Solo, in Kulturhuset i Ytterjärna, Sweden.
Mats Bergström has been a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music since 2006, and in 2011 he received the royal Litteris et Artibus medal.