Lisa Långbacka has her origins in folk music but her openness towards other genres takes her between diverse musical worlds. From collaborations with pop, jazz and folk musicians to opera and theater music. She was nominated ”The Accordionist of the Year” in February 2015 and is involved in several recordings. Lisa has performed at the Swedish Nobel celebration, toured with Norrbotten Big Band and Grammy winning Maria Schneider, played in the Swedish Eurovision Song Contest.
Lisa is currently composing music for the orchestra Musica Vitae, music that she will perform with the orchestra in November 2017. In 2017, the duo LISAS (Lisa Långbacka and Lisa Rydberg) performed at Folk Alliance International in USA and released Fiddle and Accordion Conversations which received top reviews in DN.
Lisa was the musical director at the Cullberg Ballet’s performance 11th floor (2014) with music by Gavin Bryars and choreography by Edouard Lock. In the spring 2015, she has made a tour with NLD and Canadian singer songwriter Jenny Ritter and played in the critically acclaimed Cabaret at he Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen. Lisa can be heard with the likes of Sofia Karlsson, Lena Willemark, Tomas Ledin, Tommy Nilsson and Sofie Livebrant.
Lisa has studied at the University of Music in Drama in Gothenburg and has a Masters degree from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.
Education and awards
Masters degree, Royal College of Music in Stockholm
Bachelor’s degree, The Academy of Music and Drama, Göteborg
Musicology degree, Uppsala University
Literary Science degreee, Umeå University
VICC (Visby International Centre for Composers) residency, SKAP:s stipendium, Kungliga Musikaliska Akademiens Nationella Stipendium för Folkmusiker, Hagströms stipendium för dragspelare, Anders Sandrews stiftelses stipendium, Ax:son Johnssons stipendium.