For decades, Lena Willemark has been a central figure on the Swedish folk music scene, constantly crossing boundaries between musical genres as a vocalist. With her, she carries unique musical treasures that have been handed on to her by her masters.
After having studied at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, she has, alone or in collaboration with others, constantly expanded her expression. She has become one of Scandinavia’s most diverse and multi-faceted artists, mainly due to her ability to mold different influences and expressions into one homogenous whole.
As a singer, musician, and composer, Willemark has worked with a number of musicians within different genres: Frifot, Elise Einarsdotter, Karin Rehnqvist, Anders Jormin, Ale Möller, Marilyn Mazur, Kirsten Bråten Berg, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, The Swedish and the Gothenburg Symphony, to name a few.
Willemark has also received a number of awards,
among them five Swedish Grammys, and Litteris et Artibus. She has been nominated for the Nordic Council’s Music Prize, is a member of the Royal Music Academy council, and is a Riksspelman (a generally recognized badge of mastery for Swedish folk musicians) In 2017, she received an honorary Doctor’s Degree at Dalarna University, and was awared newspaper Expressen’s prestigous prize Spelmannen. It was founded in 1957, which makes it Sweden’s oldest culture prize that is
still in existence. Willemark is in good company: among previous recepients, a number of legendary names are to be found, from composer Allan Pettersson and opera star Anne Sofie Von Otter, to jazz veteran Georg Riedel, and pop legends ABBA.
The journey continues, but folk music remains Lena Willemark’s hiking pole.
Genre: Nordic Folk
She has been awarded with four Swedish Grammys. Nominated for the Nordic Music Prize
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