Esbjörn Svensson Trio (or e.s.t.) was a Swedish jazz piano trio formed in 1990 with Esbjörn Svensson (piano) (1964-2008), Dan Berglund (double bass) and Magnus Öström (drums). The abbreviation e.s.t. must not be confused with the band Electro Shock Therapy or an Italian band called EST.
e.s.t was renowned for their vibrant style - playing in rock venues to young crowds. They achieved great commercial success and critical acclaim throughout Europe. Their 1999 release From Gagarin's Point of View started their international breakthrough, being the first e.s.t. album to be released outside of Scandinavia through the German label ACT.
In 1995 and 1996 Esbjörn Svensson was awarded Swedish Jazz Musician of the Year and 1998 Songwriter of the Year, and the 1997 release Winter in Venice, consisting mainly of original material – was awarded the Swedish Grammy. Strange Place For Snow, E.S.T.'s 2002 release earned numerous awards including the Jahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (from the German Phonoacademy), the German Jazz Award, Choc de l'année (Jazzman, France), the Victoire du Jazz – the French Grammy – as best international act and also the Revelation of the Festival award, a special award from Midem. In December 2004, E.S.T. was awarded the Hans Koller prize as European Artist of the Year.
Esbjörn Svensson tragically died after a diving accident in Sweden on June 14, 2008. He was 44 years old.
2022 saw the release of Svensson's posthumous solo piano album, HOME.S.. Scrobbles of this album are auto-corrected by Last.fm and re-directed to the Esbjörn Svensson Trio, whereas the album is credited to Svensson alone.