Pianist Joakim Simonsson was born 1980 in Umeå, a small town in the north of Sweden. After music studies in Umeå and Bollnäs Joakim found himself in Stockholm in his early twenties, struggling to do music fulltime. In 2004 Joakim released his first album with Open Trio, featuring Pär-Ola Landin on bass and Daniel Olsson on drums. The trio was at that time called Saga.
Joakim started as a jazz piano student at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and stayed there for four years. During this time he studied for teachers Ove Lundin, Alvaro Is Royas, Joakim Milder, Fredrik Ljungkvist and others.
”Like a declaration of love in it’s beauty.” - JazzHot
All the time beautiful, all the time unexpected. - Sonic
Joakim Simonsson's ensemble is a genuine working group, which together has made one
of this years best records. - Nerikes Allehanda
Open Trio plays jazz that mixes Scandinavian folk flavors, neoclassical influences, and free
playing in an enticing way... If Saga continue to produce jazz of such emotional depth,
exhilarating freedom, and memorable melodicism as they do on Farger, they certainly will
be seeing me and, I suspect, many of you, tomorrow. - All About Jazz
Brilliant moment with Joakim Simonsson! - DN