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Jens Johansson


1982-1983 Silver Mountain - keyboards  
1984-1989 Yngwie Malmsteen - keyboards  
1989-1991 Dio - keyboards  
1991- Jens Johansson - keyboards  
1992- Bakteria - keyboards (as Pedro Herrera)  
1994-1996 The Johansson Brothers - keyboards  
1995- Stratovarius - keyboards  
1996-1999 Johansson - keyboards  
2014- Cain's Offering - keyboards  
2018- Rainbow - keyboards  

Studio musician

1994 Tony MacAlpine - keyboards  
1997- Mastermind - keyboards  
2003 Adrián Barilari - keyboards  
2013 Timo Tolkki's Avalon - keyboards  

Live musician

2005- Russell Allen - keyboards  
2007-2008 Thunderstone - keyboards  
2016-2018 Rainbow - keyboards  

Guest musician

1996 Yngwie Malmsteen - keyboards  
1999 Roland Grapow - keyboards  
1999 Blackmore's Night - keyboards  
2002 Star One - keyboards  
2002 HammerFall - keyboards  
2003 Ariadna Project - keyboards  
2003 Aina - keyboards  
2003 Sonata Arctica - keyboards  
2004 Mastermind - keyboards  
2004 Spastic Ink - keyboards  
2005 Russell Allen - keyboards  
2005 Nocturnal Rites - keyboard solo  
2005 Time Requiem - keyboard solo  
2005 Kamelot - keyboards  
2006 Marty Friedman - keyboards  
2008 Revolution Renaissance - keyboards  
2009 Hevisaurus - keyboards  
2009 HammerFall - keyboards  
2009 Sentiment - keyboard solo  
2010 Avantasia - keyboards  
2010 Revolution Renaissance - keyboards  
2010-2014 Amberian Dawn - keyboards  
2013 Lalu - keyboards solo  
2013 Anton Johansson's Galahad Suite - keyboard solo  
2014 Shear - keyboards  
2014 Marty Friedman - keyboards  
2014 MindMaze - keyboard solo  
2017 Arch Enemy - keyboards, harpsichord  
2019 Gloryhammer - keyboard solo  
2019 Hevisaurus - keyboard solo  
2021 Helloween - keyboards  
2022 Jani Liimatainen - keyboards  
2022 Lalu - keyboards  
2022 Star One - keyboards  

Personal information

Also known as: Pedro Herrera
Born on: 02.11.1963

Johansson is son of Swedish jazz pianist Jan Johansson and brother of the heavy metal drummer Anders Johansson. He is highly influenced by classic Rock keyboardists like Don Airey, Eddie Jobson and Jon Lord. In 1982, the classically trained Johansson left the jazz fusion band Slem and joined the Swedish metal band Silver Mountain, which also included Anders. In 1983 he left Sweden for California and joined guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen as a member of his band, Rising Force. Numerous records and world tours ensued and he stayed with Yngwie until 1989. Johansson also played with the band Dio between 1989 and 1990. Like Anders, he began an ongoing collaboration with Jonas Hellborg in 1989 which has resulted in several progressive and avant-garde recordings, including Dissident, Silent Run (an acoustic piano trio record with Ginger Baker on drums) and the hard core progressive fusion record, E.

In 1993, Johansson co-founded a progressive blues metal project, The Johansson Brothers, and recorded a self-titled record. In 1996, with a different line-up, they recorded another album, Sonic Winter, this time under the name "Johansson", with Yngwie Malmsteen guesting on guitar. The last Johansson record, The Last Viking, a more "European metal" oriented album, was released in 1999 with special guests Michael Romeo and Göran Edman.

Johansson has released several instrumental solo records such as Fjäderlösa Tvåfotingar, Ten Seasons (a piano solo album improvised in the Mark Kostabi gallery, New York), Heavy Machinery (with Anders and Allan Holdsworth) and Fission (with Anders, Shawn Lane and Mike Stern) and many collaborations with other artists, metal compilations and Berends Brothers' band Mastermind.

He co-founded Heptagon Records to distribute his own recordings and that of other musicians, such as guitarist Benny Jansson and bassist Magnus Rosén.

Johansson auditioned for Dream Theater after Kevin Moore left the band in 1994 but due to many delays by the band in making a decision he instead joined Finnish Power metal band Stratovarius. Since 1995 he has remained in Stratovarius, and still releasing solo albums and appearing as a guest or session musician in other projects.

Jens currently resides in New York City, where he has 3 children with his wife Domenique Leomporra.

Jens is a self-confessed computer nerd, admitting to have started on an Atari ST (which he still owns), and having coded software in C, as well as his own website in Perl.