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Svend Asmussen
Svend Asmussen Se.jpg
Svend Asmussen on the cover of
the Swedish weekly Se 1945
Background information
Birth nameSvend Harald Christian Asmussen
Born28 February 1916(1916-02-28)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Died7 February 2017(2017-02-07) (aged 100)
Years active1923–2010

Svend Asmussen (28 February 1916 – 7 February 2017) was a jazz violinist from Denmark. He was known as "The Fiddling Viking".[1] He played and recorded with many of the greats of Jazz, including Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Stephane Grappelli. He played publicly until 2010 when he had a blood clot, his career having spanned eight decades.

Asmussen died on 7 February 2017, aged 100.[2]


  1. Cook, Richard (2005). Richard Cook's Jazz Encyclopedia. London: Penguin Books. pp. 23. ISBN 0-141-00646-3 . 
  2. Den verdensberømte violinist Svend Asmussen er død. 7 February 2017. Retrieved 7 February 2017.