2002 – stipendiat: Anders Persson

Pianisten och kompositören Anders Persson tilldelades 2002 ett stipendium från Laila och Charles Gavatins Stiftelse för Jazzmusik för att han: "genom ett sinne öppet för många spelsätt och musiktraditioner format ett subtilt och smakfullt pianospel och även lyckats att förmedla sina erfarenheter i sin pedagogiska gärning".

Pianist Anders Persson, born in 1958 in Gothenburg, Sweden, has for many years been one of the most versatile and highly respected pianists on the Swedish jazz scene. Since the early Eighties he has been working as a performing artist and composer, playing and recording with a large number of well-known Swedish groups such as, for example, Anders Bergcrantz Quintet, Christian Spering Quintet, Gustavo Bergalli Quintet as well as such international names as Tom Harrell, Clark Terry, Luis Salinas and Toots Thielemans, just to mention a few. Since 1988 he has been leading his own trio with Yasuhito Mori (b) and Magnus Gran (dr). In its itinerary this trio has toured Japan twice.

Anders Persson has been teaching at the Conservatory of Music in Ingesund, Sweden (1987-1996), at the Conservatory of Music in Örebro, Sweden, since 1994, at the Nordjysk Musikkonservatorium in Aalborg, Denmark since 1995 and at Jazz at Ingesund, Sweden (1991-1998). In addition to that he has been doing workshops at several Swedish schools.

In November 2002 Anders Persson received a scholarship from Laila and Charles Gavatin's Foundation for Jazz music.

Compilation: Charles Gavatin
Translation: Dave Castle