JÖRGEN DAFGÅRD is a Sweden-based full time professional composer. Having just finished his diploma studies Dafgård made a striking debut in 2000 with his orchestral work Veils. As first prize winner at the Stockholm Berwald Hall and top ten contribution in the international Masterprize competition Veils has been performed a dozen times and has been heard on radio all around the world. In 2013 Jörgen Dafgård was Composer of Spring at the Berwald Hall, where many of his orchestral works were performed, including a premiere of the clarinet concerto Caprism. In 2017 the premiere of Dafgård's soprano saxophone concerto Abrasax with Anders Paulsson was a great success.



Double Concerto
For Violin, Viola and String Orchestra

To be premiered by Duo Gelland
and Kammarorkester Öresund

Commissioned by Kammarorkester Öresund
with support from the Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation


Norrbotten NEO to perform Mahler Revisited

06 Jun 2021

On Saturday the 12th of June the ensemble Norrbotten NEO will perform Jörgen Dafgård's Mahler Revisited at a concert centered around Gustav Mahler, with the world renowned singer Peter Mattei as guest artist. The concert takes place in Studio Acusticum in Piteå, Sweden at 7:00 pm and will be sent on-line here.

Mahler Revisited was commissioned by the newspaper Dagens Nyheter in 2010 and recorded on CD by the Peärls Before Swïne Experience in 2011. Over the years it has been performed by different ensembles and made great success at venues such as the Nordic Music Days in Helsinki, the Pärnu Music Festival and Konserthuset, Stockholm. The score is published by Gehrmans.

Score cover of Mahler Revisited       Norrbotten NEO

Premiere of collective composition with contribution by Jörgen Dafgård

01 Dec 2020

Tonight KammarensembleN, directed by Christian Karlsen, will premiere a collective composition by members of the Swedish Composers Society at the Stockholm Concert Hall. The concert will be streamed live at Konserthuset Play tonight at 7:00 pm. The event has the headline Delad ensamhet or Shared Loneliness and is an artistic comment on the current situation in society. The composition is in three parts, called Mosaic Tales I-III and Jörgen Dafgård's contribution can be heard towards the end of Mosaic Tales III.

Jörgen Dafgård's contribution to Mosaic Tales III

Kosmisk moder (Cosmic Mother) – new work for choir and cello

28 Oct 2020

The surrealistic painting "Kosmisk moder" (Cosmic Mother) by Waldemar Lorentzon inspired Erik Lindegren to write a poem with the same title. Jörgen Dafgård has now set this poem to music. Kosmisk moder for four- to eight-part mixed choir and violoncello will be premiered by Petri Sångare and the cellist Mattias Rodrick on the 28th of November 2021 at 3:00 pm as a part of the festival Lund Contemporary. The work has been commissioned by Körcentrum Syd and Petri Sångare with support from the Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation. It will be published by Gehrmans and also included in their subscription mailing in February.

"Kosmisk moder" – painting by Waldemar Lorentzon and poem by Erik Lindegren (1935 and 1947, respectively)

New piano trio – In Red – completed and soon to be published

12 Aug 2020

A new piano trio by Jörgen Dafgård is now, since June, completed and will soon be published by Gehrmans. The full title of the work is Piano Trio – In Red, where the subtitle In Red has to do with the harmonic colour as well as the intimate quality of the music. Piano Trio – In Red is written in one movement and has a duration of twelve minutes. It has been commissioned by Trio Lindgård Rodrick Öquist with support from the Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation. The ensemble, consisting of Jonas Lindgård on violin, Mattias Rodrick on cello and Georg Öquist on piano, is now in contact with venues suitable for the coming premiere.

Score cover of Piano Trio – In Red    Trio Lindgård Rodrick Öquist

Tableau Vivant on Swedish Radio P2

30 Mar 2020

Tonight at around 8:45 pm Swedish Radio P2 will be broadcasting the world premiere of Jörgen Dafgård's Tableau Vivant for violin and orchestra, recorded last year at Malmö Live with young virtuoso Johan Dalene and Malmö Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Anja Bihlmaier. The program will be available for online listening for the next thirty days here. Tableau Vivant starts at 1:45:50 in the link.

From the world premiere of Tableau Vivant with Johan Dalene and Malmö Symphony Orchestra.

Eva Sidén to perform Transcendens in Vilnius

06 Dec 2019

The pianist and composer Eva Sidén will perform Jörgen Dafgård's piano piece Transcendens at a concert with Swedish music in Vilnius, Lithuania on December the 7th. The concert will take place at the Composers' House and starts at 6:00 pm.

At the Composers' House in Vilnius, from left to right:
Mykolas Natalevičius, Milda Čiužaitė, Jens Hedman, Eva Sidén and Jörgen Dafgård

Jörgen Dafgård celebrates 20 years as a full time freelance composer

07 Oct 2019

Finishing his diploma studies in composition in 1999, Jörgen Dafgård has now been active as a full time freelance composer for twenty years. During his last semester at the academy, Dafgård had some concerts with premieres of his, most notably a critically well acclaimed portrait concerto, where seven of Dafgård's works were performed. As a freelance composer Dafgård got his first commission, the cantata The Hidden Music, in the fall of 1999. Soon after that things took off in a bigger way when he won the composition competition of the Swedish Radio and the Berwald Hall with his work Veils for orchestra, which was premiered in april 2000. The success of Veils led to many commissions from orchestras, and in 2004 Dafgård's first symphony, Sinfonia Nº 1, had its premiere with the Nordic Chamber Orchestra. The premiere of Dafgård's Through Fire and Water for large orchestra with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra in 2011 had a big impact and was a "New Smash Hit for Dafgård", to quote one of the review headlines. In 2013 Dafgård was Composer of Spring at the Stockholm Berwald Hall, where five of his orchestral works were performed at five concerts, including a portrait concert where his clarinet concerto Caprism was premiered by Andreas Sundén and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2017 the premiere of the soprano saxophone concerto Abrasax with Anders Paulsson was a great success, as was the premiere of the violin concerto Eclipse with Hugo Ticciati in 2018. In addition to his eleven orchestral works Dafgård has also written many chamber and choir works during his twenty years as a full time freelance composer.

Program folder from the premiere of Veils in 2000                        Jörgen Dafgård in October 2019

Successful premiere of Tableau Vivant

09 Feb 2019

Jörgen Dafgård's Tableau Vivant for violin and orchestra got its premiere on the 7th of February with young virtuoso Johan Dalene and Malmö Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Anja Bihlmaier. The work was performed in a both delicately rich and powerful way by soloist and orchestra and was greeted by a cheering audience of a thousand listeners on site at Malmö Live, a concert hall which reproduced the sound in a very fine way. The critic Carlhåkan Larsén praised the soloist and the way "the contrasts of the orchestral playing gives both abundance and sharpness" in the work. The Swedish Radio recorded the premiere for broadcasting on P2 in the near future. Program managers from orchestras in Sweden and Denmark attended the premiere and there has been signs of interest from many orchestras of programming the work for further performances.

Jörgen Dafgård with Anja Bihlmaier and Johan Dalene at the dress rehearsal and premiere of Tableau Vivant.

Tableau Vivant soon to be premiered by Johan Dalene and MSO

28 Jan 2019

Jörgen Dafgård's Tableau Vivant for violin and orchestra will have its world premiere on February the 7th at Malmö Live with the young virtouso Johan Dalene and Malmö Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Anja Bihlmaier. The concert starts at 7 pm and is preceded by an introduction by the composer at 6 pm.

Tableau Vivant is based on the concept of the soloist as a painter and the orchestra as the landscape being painted. While getting more and more involved in the creative act, the painter gets more and more drawn into the ever more living landscape that takes shape on the canvas.

Vincent van Gogh may come to mind in this metaphorical description of the interplay between soloist and orchestra in Tableau Vivant and in the work's use of curving lines in counterpoint and alternating differently textured blocks of harmonic and instrumental colour, where the course of events may be seen to reflect the enticement and danger of a strong passion.

Johan Dalene (photo: Nikolaj Lund)       Vincent van Gogh: Wheat Field with Cypresses

Tableau Vivant published by Gehrmans

07 Jan 2019

Jörgen Dafgård's Tableau Vivant for violin and orchestra is now published by Gehrmans. The score is available both in full size and in pocket format. Prior to publication, the score has been slightly revised and redesigned. Composed in 1998, Tableau Vivant is one of Dafgård's earlier orchestral works and the first of them with a soloist in front of the orchestra. The style is intensely lyrical and expressionistic, with a lavish orchestration. Tableau Vivant will have its world premiere at Malmö Live on February 7 at 7 pm with soloist Johan Dalene and Malmö Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Anja Bihlmaier.

Cover and spread from the score of Tableau Vivant

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