Britta Byström

Swedish composer and trumpeter Britta Byström was born in Sundsvall on 14 March 1977. She became interested in music aged ten when she began to play the trumpet. She wrote tunes for her own instrument, then for an orchestra consisting of her friends, and at sixteen she won a competition with the Umeå Symphony Orchestra. She then studied with Bent Sørensen and Pär Lindgren at the Royal Swedish College of Music.

Performers of her music include the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the Gürzenich Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, John Storgårds and Janine Jansen.

Works attracting particular attention are Der Vogel der Nacht, Picnic at Hanging Rock, A Walk After Dark and Parallel Universes.

She has been a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music since 2016.


A selection of articles about Britta Byström

CD Spotlight. New and Refreshing - Geoff Pearce is impressed by the music of contemporary Swedish composer Britta Byström. 'There is a sincerity about this music that speaks directly to the soul.'

CD Spotlight. All Done with Mirrors - Geoff Pearce listens to music involving the double bass by Britta Byström, Eduard Tubin, Jesper Nordin and Carin Malmlöf-Forssling. '... a fitting reflection of the work of this fine composer.'