Ivo Nilsson was educated at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and at IRCAM in Paris. In 1989 he made his debut as a soloist with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and as a composer with an Octet premiered by the Ensemble L’Itinéraire at Radio France.
Ever since his music has been performed by internationally acclaimed ensembles such as the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Kammerensemble Neue Music Berlin, Orchestrutopica and Vertixe Sonora.
He performs regularly performs both as a soloist and a member of the ensembles Axelsson & Nilsson-duo, MA and KammarensembleN and is a frequent guest in ensembles such as Klangforum and Ensemble Modern.
Ivo was the artistic director of the Stockholm New Music festival in 2003 & 2005. In 2007 he was awarded the Interpreters price from the Society of Swedish Composers and was elected as a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 2017.