Björn Wennås

Bjorn WennasGuitar Department chair


Swedish composer and guitarist Björn Wennås is an active musician in Boston and its surroundings. He currently co-leads BC Quintet featuring his original compositions drawing inspiration from both rock and jazz tradition as well as from contemporary music and Newpoli, a Southern Italian Folk Ensemble. He is also a busy classical guitarist, performing both solo as well as in duo and trio format.

Björn made his debut on stage at the age of 12 with the Flamenco group Los Dos Jovenes led by acclaimed guitarist and educator Miroslav Simic.  Björn eventually developed an interest in jazz and went on to play guitar in several big bands and smaller ensembles.

Björn received a BA from Uppsala University, a Diploma from Berklee College of Music, and an MM with distinction from Longy School of Music. He was nominated in 2004 for the Just Plain Folk's Award for best jazz vocal composition and in 2005 he was a finalist in the International Massimo Urbani Award in 2005, a jazz soloist competition that takes place in Camerino, Italy

As a teacher Björn wants to make his students excited about the guitar and about music in general. He wants them to discover the beauty of the sound of the guitar and the range of tones and expression you are able to achieve and do so while also focusing on technique and reading. The instrument is tremendously versatile but also challenging and it requires practice and perhaps different approaches before a student gets to know it. While Björn has been teaching students of all ages and backgrounds, he has found that one thing has always rung true and that is to find the music and style that resonates with that particular student to reach their goal.