The international respected harmonica player Filip Jers (b. 1986) has been called ”Swedish Harmonica Sensation” by the music critics in Europe. He plays all sorts of harmonicas; from the sophisticated chromatic harmonica to the earthy blues harp and the rare bass harmonica. He also performs on jaw harp, guitar and accordion.

Filip loves to improvise and compose music and moves easily between jazz, blues, folk & world music, pop and classical music.

He became double world champion on harmonica at the age of 18 at World Harmonica Festival 2005 in Trossingen, Germany. Since then he has worked as freelance musician, with studio sessions and teaching harmonica. He tours a lot and has visited around 30 countries to play music, for example: Germany, Austria, France, Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Holland, USA, South Korea, Japan and Canada.

Jers often work as a studio musician on different artist CD's. Check his discography for more info.

Filip Jers received his Master Degree of Fine Arts in jazz from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm in 2011. He was the first harmonica player ever to study there.

Filip Jers has collaborated with many artist from different genres; Lasse Åberg, Robert Wells, Janne Schaffer, Jill Johnson, Titti Sjöblom, Timbuktu, Jan Lundgren, Jan Allan, Georg Riedel, Wille Craaford, Ann-Louise Hanson, Sofie Livebrant for example.

Filip Jers is also an acknowledged teacher of harmonica and has taught many lessons. He has been teaching harmonica at some prestigous schools like The Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, College of Music in Malmö and The Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, Danmark. Jers often gives workshops and masterclasses on harmonica. Filip Jers has possiblity to teach students in Stockholm, just contact him if you are interested.Send email to : info(at)

Scholarships and Awards


  • 2003 Musik Direkt Young Musician Jazz Prize
  • 2003 Åmåls Junior Blues Prize
  • 2004 Danish Munspelsmästerskapen 1:st prize
  • 2004 Musik Direkt JMI International prize
  • 2004 Höörs Community Culture Prize
  • 2005 World Harmonica Championships 1:a prize
  • 2006 Sundsgården Musicianscholarship
  • 2006 Lions Music Scholarship Höör
  • 2009 Kungliga Musikhögskolan Student grant
  • 2009 German Records Critics Award for Stockholm Lisboa Project
  • 2010 SWEJS Göteborg Jazz Scholarship
  • 2010 Harry Arnolds Jazz Standy-By Prize
  • 2010 Kungliga Musikaliska Akademin National Jazz Study Grant
  • 2011 STIM Composer Scholarship
  • 2012 Sällskapet Stallbröderna Hedersstipendium
  • 2012 Alice Babs Jazzstipendium
  • 2013 German Record Critics Award for Stockholm Lisboa Project
  • 2013 Konstnärsnämndens Arbetsstipendium
  • 2013 Statens Musikverk Konstnärsprojekt
  • 2014 Filip Jers Quartet Best Group Award - European Jazz Competition
  • 2015 Konstnärsnämndens Arbetsstipendium
  • 2015 Björn J:son Lindh stipendiet

Filip Jers - Spiro

Filip Jers debut solo CD, released in 2011.

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  • Born 1986 in Lund and raised in Höör, southern Sweden.
  • Starts to play cello at the age of eight, but get seriously about music when turning thirteen, then with guitar and harmonica as the main instruments. During elementary- and highschool he studies and play many instruments; piano, guitar, cello, bass, mandolin, basson, saxophone, flute and accordion.
  • 2003 and 2004 Filip wins jazz prize in Musik Direkt, national competition for young musicians and performs in Croatia and Belgium.

  • 2004 wins gold at Danish Harmonica Championship in Odense, Denmark.
  • 2005 Filip wins Jazz&Blues - two golds in World Harmonica Championships, Trossingen Germany. The contest has been around since 1950 and the only one else that has won the same things as Filip is the canadian harmonica player Carlos Del Junco.

  • 2006 joins ”Hering Harmonicas” from Brazil and starts to play and endorse their instruments.
  • 2006 Filip gets accepted at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with chromatic harmonica as his main instrument. He is the first harmonica player to study there ever!

  • 2008 he joins the international folk music band ”Stockholm Lisboa Project” and starts to tour around in Europe. He appears often on radio- and tv productions, among others Portugal National TV and German WDR-radio.
  • 2008 he meets jazz legend Toots Thielemans and then forms ”Filip Jers Quartet”. Its his self-titled jazz quartet that plays original and mainstream jazz, tours in Sweden and appears on national radio.

  • 2009 the CD Diagonal with Stockholm Lisboa Project is released and gets selected as German Record Critics Award 2009 and nomination in Best Group and Best Cross-cultural Collaboration in the english worldmusicmagazine Songlines , World Music Awards 2010.
  • Filip tours and plays music in many countries; Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, UK, Romania, Finland and Canada. Totally he has visited 17 countries as a harmonica player.
  • 2010 he participates in ”The Martelli Tapes” a music program on Swedish national TV.
  • Toured intense during 2010, worked with GUBB – Swedens best youth Big Band and did a big tour in Sweden with Stockholm Lisboa Project produced by Rikskonserter.

  • 2011 he graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Jazz from The Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm.
  • 2011 he also releases Spiro, he first solo-CD, where he has composed all music and plays all the instruments. The music is a mixture of Folk, Jazz and Blues with the soulfull harmonica as main focus.
  • 2011 Filip Jers stops endorsing Hering Harmonicas and joins and starts to endorse Suzuki Harmonicas from Japan.
  • Filip tours around in Sweden and also Germany and Spain. He also expand his audience and performs in South-Korea.

  • 2012 Filip releases the CD Åka med, with his folk-jazz trio Primus Motor. The CD gets great reviews in the press.
  • In March Jers is rewarded the Sällskapet Stallbrödernas Hedersstipendium, a award handed out to young promising Swedish artists.
  • in April Filip Jers recieves the prestigeous Alice Babs Jazz Scholarship. Its handed out during a concert in Stockholm Concert House when Filip performs with Bohuslän Big Band conducted by Magnus Lindgren.
  • in August Jers performs for the first in US, Dallas.
  • in September Stockholm Lisboa Project releases their 3:rd CD, Aurora.
  • in October Filip Jers starts to work with Martin Johnsson at Impulsgivarna AB, as his manager and booking agent.
  • in December 2012 Filip travels to Japan and performs at jazz clubs in Tokyo and at Suzuki Harmonicas Factory in Hamamatsu.

  • in March 2013 Stockholm Lisboa Project recieves "Der Deutsche Shallplatten Kritik" a well known critics awards for their CD Aurora.
  • in April 2013 Filip Jers Quartet releases their debut album. 
  • in June 2013 Jers receives an Artistic Scholarship from Swedish Instution Konstnärsnämnde.
  • Summer 2013 Filip makes many concerts and performs again in South Korea and also for the Swedish King.
  • Autumn 2013 he becomes a teacher at his former school, Royal Academy of Music. He teaches, of course - harmonica.

  • Winter 2014 The album "New Scandinavian Harmonica vol.1" is released, its a collaboration with Finnish harmonica player Jouko Kyhälä.
  • Spring 2014 Filip Jers is featured in a documentary called "Harmonica Man". Its made by Mikael Ek and produced by Pavement Productions. Its broadcasted three times on n ational Swedish TV.It receives great words and appreciation amoung audience and music fans. 
  • in april 2014 Filip Jers and Henrik Hallberg goes to Burkina Faso and play a concert Ouagadougou, West Africas oldest jazz festival.
  • Summer 2014 Filip Jers Quartet wins the Best Group Award at the European Jazz Competition, which took place in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The European Broadcasting Union is arranger of the highly respected competition for young jazz musicians.
  • Autumn 2014 the TV-documentary Harmonica Man is broadcasted again on National Swedish TV. Filip Jers also performs with piano star Robert Wells in Bingolotto, a live tv-show with 300.000 viewers.

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