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Jonny Axelsson has achieved great recognition worldwide and has been praised by music critics for the depth and dimensions in his interpretations. Andrew Clements in The Guardian wrote: ”There is nothing flamboyant or fussy about Axelsson, he just goes about his tasks with dazzling musicianship”, Roger Thomas in The International Record Review: “Axelsson´s playing is fluid, organic and highly textured – in short, simply superbly musical” and Anna Picard in the Independent: ”I mean no disrespect to other percussionists when I say that Axelsson is the most extraordinary drummer I have seen”.


Jonny Axelsson received his education at The University of Music in Gothenburg and was already then very active as a chamber musician and soloist, which laid the foundation for the personal and distinctive attitude his musicianship stands for today. He has introduced historical Percussion music to the Swedish scene, for instance, the solo works by Iannis Xenakis and by Kevin Volans, and by being one of the leaders and initiators of the first Swedish concert production of “Drumming” by Steve Reich. In 2004 he received the “Swedish Composers Association’s Interpretation Award” with the following commendation: “With a tremendously good spirit and outstanding musicality he has found a place in our hearts and remained there.”


Jonny Axelsson has performed all over the World and collaborated with composers such as Kevin Volans, Unsuk Chin, Christopher Fox, Christian Wolff, Karin Rehnqvist, Johannes Fritsch and Leilei Tian. He is featured on numerous recordings as a soloist and chamber musician. His solo album “Percussione Con Forza” was chosen by the International Record Review as “the best contemporary music CD of the year 2000”, and his recordings of Zyklus and Kontakte by Karlheinz Stockhausen was praised by Karlheinz Stockhausen himself, and by György Ligeti. He has released a CD with solo music by Kevin Volans on his own label, which received overwhelming reviews internationally.

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