Sven Grünberg

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Sven Grünberg. Photo taken from Discogs.

Sven Grünberg (born 24 November 1956, Tallinn) is a Soviet and Estonian synthesizer and progressive rock composer and musician best known for his meditative organ and electronic works involving the concepts of Tibetan Buddhism. He has collaborated with the film director Olav Neuland and written the soundtracks for the most of his films.

He was a member of the band Ornament (in 1972-1973) and then the progressive rock band Mess (1974-1976), which Grünberg he founded in January 1974 with Härmo Härm. Despite years of the band's existence and many live performances, Mess did not release a single studio album because of the contradictions of their musical style with the Soviet ideology; only in 1996 did Grünberg release a compilation from several surviving Mess recordings and a full remastered album in 2004. He graduated from Georg Ots Music School in Tallin in 1976.

Grünberg is also the Chairman of the Board of the Estonian Institute of Buddhism.


  • Mess (1980)
  • Hingus (1981)
  • OM (1988)
  • Milarepa (1993)
  • Prana Symphony (1995)
  • Hukkunud Alpinisti Hotell (2001)

Mess Albums

  • Mess (1996)
  • Küsi eneselt (2004)

Text adapted from Wikipedia.