Richard Andersson (b. Oct. 1982) is a Danish/Faroese/Icelandic bass player and composer based in Copenhagen where he is known as “one of the most interesting characters of the Danish jazz scene” (Iver Rod/Gaffa Music Magazine.).
Andersson grew up in a musical family but never showed much interest in music until the age of 14 when his life was turned upside down after a fireworks accident that cost him his sight. Now, around 20 years later, Richard Andersson has gained great recognition for his work as a composer and bass player in the modern jazz field. He has released five albums as a bandleader with Danish and international musicians such as Kasper Tranberg (DK), Jesper Zeuthen (DK), Peter Bruun (DK), George Garzone (US), Jerry Bergonzi (US), Ra-Kalam Bob Moses (US), RJ Miller (US), Bill McHenry (US), Jacob Anderskov (DK), Tony Malaby (US), Rogerio Boccato (BZ) and Sullivan Fortner (US).
Also Andersson can be found in collaborations with musicians such as Rudi Mahall (DE), Oskar Gudjonsson (IS), Tomas Franck (S), Kresten Osgood (DK), Henrik Walsdorff (DE), Jeff “Tain” Watts (US), Jerry Bergonzi (US), Sigurdur Flossason (IS), Matthias Hemstock (IS), …
Rewards and recognizions:
”Best of the year 2015: Honorable Mention – New Releases” The NYC Jazz Record (for the record Richard Andersson/Splitting up in Boston – Garzone/Bergonzi/Moses/Andersson)
-“Best Danish Releases of 2010” AllAboutJazz (for the record Richard Andersson Sustainable Quartet/Please Recycle)
-”Funen Jazz musician of the Year 2010”
-”The NHØP Honorable Mention” at The international Bassconvention, 2013.
Diploma Degree. Carl Nielsen Academy of Music, Denmark (2003-2008).
Masters program at Manhattan School of Music in New York (2008-2009)
Advanced Postgraduate Diploma at the Rhythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen (2010-2014)