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, and the choir Zero8, which Ringmasters helped to establish, placed fourth in the Chorus Contest.
In between winning medals, the four singers have honed their craft by featuring as the house quartet on two separate cruise ships, first in the Caribbean, and later in the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean. Forced to churn out shows night after night they learnt how to own a stage, no matter how late they had stayed in the bar the night before.
With their second album out, offering their signature blend of barbershop and pop music, Ringmasters has set out to conquer the world. Judging by their earlier exploits, the world better watch out.