Beata Söderberg is a multifaceted musician who, besides the classical repertory, navigates elegantly between genres such as tango, baroque and folk music. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has toured and played in festivals all over Sweden and other parts of Europe, the US and Argentina. She has also been a guest teacher at the Kampala Music School, Uganda, and performed in Nepal at a charity event for the Pokhara School for underprivileged children.
With her Argentinean quintet, Justango, she has recorded five albums of her own tango music; she was nominated for the Premios Gardel Prize for best new artist and best new sound in tango in 2005.Beata is a highly appreciated chamber musician, praised for her emotive interpretations and warm sonority. She plays a cello by Francois Vial from 1920, and for baroque repertory a cello made by Swedish luthier Erik Sandström in 1775.
In the duo, Jean and the Mean Machine, Beata and the fiddler Jeanette Eriksson explore the Swedish folk music of Skåne and Östergötland and arrange traditional music in a free, dynamic style. In the productions of Frilansteatern, Beata performs as both actor and musician in these music-theatre plays for children. As a composer, Beata has, in addition to the music for her tango quintet, written music for choir and theatre, and vocal chamber music; she has recently finished her first opera.
Beata grew up in the countryside. She sang in a children's choir and learned to read music and play piano from her mother. At the age of eight she began to take cello lessons from Rune Andersson at a local music school. After high school, she entered the Royal College of Music, Stockholm, where she studied with Mats Rondin. In 1998 she moved to New York to study for her Master's degree as a scholarship student at the Manhattan School of Music, tutored by Julia Lichten and David Geber. She graduated in 2002. Other teachers included Isidore Cohen, Nathan Stutch, Nathanael Rosen, Ann Wallström, Staffan Scheja and Kenneth Cooper. She has taken master classes with Truls Mork and Lynn Harrell.
Beata has received prizes and stipends from Musikaliska Akademien, the Sweden-America Foundation, Stim and Konstnärsnämnden, among others. She is regularly engaged as a cellist in Swedish orchestras, such as the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Dalasinfoniettan, Musica Vitae, Drottningholms Baroque Ensemble and Norrlandsoperan, and she often participates as both arranger and musician in studio recordings.