Esbjörn Svensson Trio
) (formed 1993) was a Swedish jazz piano
trio consisting of Esbjörn Svensson
(piano), Dan Berglund
(double bass) and Magnus Öström
E.S.T were renowned for their vibrant style, often playing in rock venues to young crowds. They achieved great commercial success and critical acclaim throughout Europe.
Their 1999 release From Gagarin's Point of View started their international breakthrough, being the first E.S.T. album to be released outside of Scandinavia through the German label ACT.
Pianist Esbjörn Svensson died in a scuba diving accident on 14 June 2008. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
In 1995 and 1996 Esbjörn Svensson was awarded Swedish Jazz Musician of the Year and 1998 Songwriter of the Year, and the 1997 release Winter in Venice
– consisting mainly of original material – was awarded the Swedish Grammy.
Strange Place For Snow
, E.S.T.'s 2002 release earned numerous awards including the Jahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik
(from the German Phonoacademy), the German Jazz Award
, Choc de l'année
(Jazzman, France), the Victoire du Jazz
– the French Grammy – as best international act and also the Revelation of the Festival
award, a special award from Midem.
In December 2004, E.S.T. were awarded the Hans Koller
prize as European Artist of the Year
- When Everyone Has Gone (1993) Dragon
- E.S.T. Live '95 (1995, released in Sweden as Mr. & Mrs. Handkerchief) ACT Music + Vision
- EST plays Monk (1996) Superstudio GUL
- Winter in Venice (1997) Superstudio GUL
- From Gagarin's Point of View (1999) Superstudio GUL
- Good Morning Susie Soho (2000) Superstudio GUL
- Somewhere Else Before (U.S. compilation from From Gagarin's Point of View and Good Morning Susie Soho, 2001)
- Strange Place for Snow (2002) Superstudio GUL
- Seven Days of Falling (2003) Superstudio GUL
- Live in Stockholm (2003) DVD, recorded December 10, 2000 – including videos and an interview
- Viaticum (2005) Spamboolimbo
- Tuesday Wonderland (2006, Recorded and mixed by Åke Linton at Bohus Sound Recording Studios, Gothenburg, Sweden in March 2006)
- Live in Hamburg (2007, recorded November 22, 2006)
- Leucocyte (2008, recorded by Åke Linton at Studios 301, Sydney, Australia)
The trio collaborated with several other artists, including a The Vinyl Trilogy album with countryman Nicolai Dunger.