As the 2012 world champions of barbershop, Ringmasters blend their awesome virtuosity with the infectious energy of pop music. Their vibrant shows take you from barbershop classics, through Simon and Garfunkel to the Beatles and Elvis Presley.

The quartet grew out of the rich soil of Swedish choir tradition. Throughout grade school, all four members attended Adolf Fredrik’s Music School, Sweden’s most renowned choir school. They all then made the natural transition into Stockholm Music Gymnasium, and today all four are members of at least one top choir.

Having stumbled across barbershop in a Simpsons episode, they realized it offered a chance to compete in choral singing. This spurred them to train vigorously, with the ambition to reach the very top.

Only five months after Ringmasters had formed in the fall of 2006, they placed third in the Nordic Barbershop Contest. The same summer they placed tenth at the International Collegiate Quartet Contest in Denver. With the coaching of barbershop legend Doug Harrington, they won the same contest in Nashville the next year. In 2009 they placed fourth with the big boys in Anaheim.

A year later they shook Philadelphia with the mind-blowing arrangements by David Harrington, and they climbed to third. Finally in Portland in 2012, after working together with David Wright, Ringmasters was recognized as the best barbershop quartet in the world.

In their wake, Stockholm has become a hotspot for up and coming quartets. Their protégés in Lemon Squeezy brought home the college gold last summer in Portland, and the choir Zero8, which Ringmasters helped to establish, placed fourth in the Chorus Contest.

Jakob

Jakob


Jakob’s love of sport almost had catastrophic consequences. When deciding on a high school, he applied to one specialized in breeding ice hockey stars. To our delight, but to the dismay of Sweden’s national team, Jakob changed his mind and placed his bets on his voice instead of his skates. The rest is history.

Jakob occasionally sings lead in a soft friendly voice. But as a tenor, he is all about power, becoming more of a full voice tenor each year. When his idol, Tim Waurick of Vocal Spectrum, challenged Jakob to see who could post the longest, Jakob went first, clearing 52 seconds. Tim then decided it was wise just to leave it at that, and Jakob won on a walkover.

He remains the undisputed champion.

Rasmus


Rasmus has a head made for barbershop. It contains the harmonies for over 150 tags, and Rasmus never misses an opportunity to sing them out, with old and new friends alike.

He has found good use for this uncanny ability in his work as an arranger. In between supplying up and coming quartets he has also penned a few of Ringmasters’ own numbers.

As meticulous about structure in the real world as he is in the world of music, Rasmus holds regular meals and daily routines sacred. He might sound a bit square, but you can depend on Rasmus to turn into the roundest of pegs whenever there’s a party.

He also plays the drums and once came close to joining the progressive metal band The Flowerkings. Luckily, they thought him too young.

Rasmus
Rasmus

Rasmus


Rasmus has a head made for barbershop. It contains the harmonies for over 150 tags, and Rasmus never misses an opportunity to sing them out, with old and new friends alike.

He has found good use for this uncanny ability in his work as an arranger. In between supplying up and coming quartets he has also penned a few of Ringmasters’ own numbers.

As meticulous about structure in the real world as he is in the world of music, Rasmus holds regular meals and daily routines sacred. He might sound a bit square, but you can depend on Rasmus to turn into the roundest of pegs whenever there’s a party.

He also plays the drums and once came close to joining the progressive metal band The Flowerkings. Luckily, they thought him too young.

Emanuel

Emanuel


Emanuel is the youngest of four siblings and is used to bridging the wills of others. This skill has made him the adhesive tape that holds the quartet together.

This doesn’t make him the leader, quite the opposite. Sometimes the rest of the quartet tests Emanuel by allowing him to unknowingly lead the way. Each time he ends up getting them all lost.

But Emanuel is never lost on stage. He has developed a mischievous charm that enthralls the crowd, whether he’s talking, dancing or singing like Elvis.

In his free time, Emanuel enjoys playing computer games, and growing up he practiced the violent arts of Ju-Jitsu and kung fu. In the future, Emanuel dreams of having his own studio where he can produce other barbershop groups.

Martin


Martin is the only Ringmaster with a degree, in Business and Finance, a feat he somehow pulled off between rehearsals and shows. Because of his hard-earned skills, it has been his job to make sure the quartet’s books add up.

Unlike the rest of the group, Martin doesn’t see himself becoming a full time musician. Instead he dreams of a future in insurance. This sets him apart from his family. Martin’s dad is an opera soloist, a dramatic baritone, and his two brothers are full time classical musicians. Martin’s mother is a speech therapist and possibly the one to blame for Martin’s incredible resonance.

Finally, the spectacles don’t lie – Martin is a self-proclaimed geek. He loves gadgets, and was building his own computers already as a young boy.

Martin
Martin

Martin


Martin is the only Ringmaster with a degree, in Business and Finance, a feat he somehow pulled off between rehearsals and shows. Because of his hard-earned skills, it has been his job to make sure the quartet’s books add up.

Unlike the rest of the group, Martin doesn’t see himself becoming a full time musician. Instead he dreams of a future in insurance. This sets him apart from his family. Martin’s dad is an opera soloist, a dramatic baritone, and his two brothers are full time classical musicians. Martin’s mother is a speech therapist and possibly the one to blame for Martin’s incredible resonance.

Finally, the spectacles don’t lie – Martin is a self-proclaimed geek. He loves gadgets, and was building his own computers already as a young boy.