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Susanna Risberg is a celebrated and exciting young guitarist and composer from Sweden.

Having worked with a wide variety of musicians and artists, in different ways, such as Marit Bergman, Henric de La Cour, Svante Thuresson, Nils Landgren, Miriam Bryant, Blue House Jazz Orchestra among others, received numerous awards and toured all over the world with her own group ”Susanna Risberg Trio” she has already in her 20’s earned her place in the music world.

At the age of 10 she got her very first guitar. Inspired by her hero Jimi Hendrix she formed a blues/rock trio, which sooner developed into a quartet. They made great success around Sweden, performing at blues festivals and clubs.

Always searching for new and challenging things, Susanna got more and more into jazz music, which due to her being a 15-year old female guitarist, with a great talent for the music led to a lot of attention in the media.

In 2005 she was awarded a Scholarship from the Albin Hagström Fund for guitarists. Soon thereafter she was contacted by Fender Musical Instruments and Guild Guitars and offered an endorsement. The following three years she performed as soloist with Blue House Jazz Orchestra, led by Magnus Lindgren, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, and with Mölndal Big Band in a collaboration with Svante Thuresson. She also formed her own trio, which has played at jazz clubs all over Sweden.

In 2008 she was accepted to Berklee College of Music on a scholarship. She studied with Mick Goddrick, David Fiuczynski, Hal Crook, Tim Miller among others, and in 2011 she was awarded the prestigious "Jimi Hendrix Award".

Since May 2011 she has recorded two albums and toured a great deal with her own group "Susanna Risberg Trio". Ale William Sjöström (bass) and Jonathan Lundberg (drums) are the current members of the trio; which sometimes expand to a quartet, featuring tenor player Malin Wättring.

In October 2015 Susanna was awarded the prestigious prize "Jazzkatten", in the category "Newcomer of the Year" from the Swedish Radio, with the motivation "Despite her young age she is already a rising star with an extensive track record and a safe rock in a variety ofcontexts. It started with an electric guitar and an idol named Jimi Hendrix. Today she is predicted to become oneof Sweden's leading guitar players .”

Susanna is endorsed by Olsson Amps and Taurus Amplification.