Born in Sweden in 1976, Johan Bridger received his education from Malmö Academy of Music and Northwestern University in Chicago. His principal teachers were Lennart Gruvstedt, Leigh Howard Stevens and Professor Michael Burritt. As a true percussion virtuoso, Johan Bridger embraces and masters an extensive repertoire, from J.S. Bach to contemporary and new music and is privileged to present works by leading composers, such as Alejandro Vinao, Pius Cheung, Marcin Blazewitz, Daniel Börtz, Staffan Storm and Tobias Broström.
In addition to his own ceaseless exploration of the marimba and the overall percussionist’s world, Johan seeks to inspire others by giving both lectures and master classes, in Sweden and abroad. He also teaches at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, The Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Odense, The Malmö Academy of Music and Sundsgarden School of Music.
The Resta-Jay signature mallets set Johan Bridger was created in 2016 by Emmanuel Jay to answer to the modern repertoire requiring precision, brilliance, clarity and sound projection.