NEWS BIOGRAPHY WORKS RECORDS PHOTOS PRESS
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.

CONTACT

jorgen@jorgendafgard.com

ONGOING WORK

Piano Trio
Commissioned by Trio Lindgård Rodrick Öquist
with support from the Helge Ax:son Johnson foundation



News


Highly praised premiere of Eclipse

31 Oct 2018


The premiere of Jörgen Dafgård's violin concerto Eclipse with Hugo Ticciati and Camerata Nordica on a mini tour in the south-east of Sweden was very successful. The new work came to blossoming life in the hands of the musicians led by Ticciati and the orchestra no doubt enjoyed taking part in the immersive interpretations, grounded in Ticciatis dedication and deep understanding of the work.

The performances were introduced by the composer who commented on the ideas behind the work and some personal experiences who had left their mark on its expressive content. Listening to the new work the audience was captured and gripped by the music. Many in the audience were heard sobbing during the tragic second movement. Long applause and many calls followed the end of the final movement and afterwards many in the audience testified about their rich and deeply moving experience.

The critic Lena Svensson was on fire as well. In her review in Barometern she wrote about her "Rich music experience… The evening's premiere of Jörgen Dafgård's violin concerto Eclipse is a highlight… Camerata Nordica have a tight interplay with dynamics and power in the performance and completely capture the listener's attention. The supreme soloist Hugo Ticciati on the violin is adroit in every section, up to the very highest note of the instrument. The movements are full of feeling, and one is carried away and gripped by the work's dramatic fluctuations. The concluding movement opens up towards brightness and liberation, and there was long applause and several calls." A longer excerpt from the review can be found under "Press" on this site.



Hugo Ticciati and Camerata Nordica in the Green Hall of the castle of Kalmar (photo: Suvad Mrkonjic)

Eclipse soon to be premiered by Hugo Ticciati and Camerata Nordica

25 Oct 2018


Jörgen Dafgård's new concerto Eclipse for violin and string orchestra will soon be premiered by Hugo Ticciati and Camerata Nordica. The premiere will take place in Oskarshamn on October 27, followed by performances in Hultsfred and Kalmar on October 28 and 29. The concert program also includes works by Golijov, Pärt and Janáček.

More information about the concerts can be found here. and here.



Hugo Ticciati (photo: Marco Borggreve) and Camerata Nordica (photo; Jonas Lindström studio)

Eclipse - new concerto finished and published

25 Sep 2018


Jörgen Dafgård recently finished a concerto for violin and string orchestra with the title Eclipse, which is now published by Gehrmans and will soon be premiered by the soloist Hugo Ticciati and Camerata Nordica.

Eclipse is the third work in a series of solo concertos that started with the clarinet concerto Caprism in 2013 and continued with the soprano saxophone concerto Abrasax in 2016. The concertos are related technically and formally but are built on different material, which has given each concerto its individual character.

Dafgård wrote Eclipse around a time when he stayed for a month in Paris, which is reflected stylistically in a certain French idiom shining through. Lightness but also intensity characterizes the outer movements, while the middle movement has more sombre weight. Eclipse is written for and in collaboration with the dynamic soloist Hugo Ticciati.



Cover and example from the score of Eclipse

Abrasax published by Gehrmans

21 Sep 2018


Jörgen Dafgård's soprano saxophone concerto Abrasax is now available in a new definitive edition published by Gehrmans. For this edition experiences from the recent much appreciated performances with the commissioning orchestras Jönköpings Sinfonietta and Västerås Sinfonietta have been taken into consideration. Abrasax is written for and dedicated to the soloist Anders Paulsson, who has generously shared his thoughts about the solo part. The new edition of Abrasax can be viewed online here.



The score of Abrasax with an example from the third movement including the virtuoso solo cadenza

Eva Sidén to perform Transcendens at Sandviken Chamber Music Festival

09 Aug 2018


The pianist and composer Eva Sidén will perform Jörgen Dafgård's piano piece Transcendens at a concert with Swedish music at the Sandviken Chamber Music Festival on August 11. The concert will take place in Kulturcentrum/Musikverket and starts at 3:00 pm.



Eva Sidén

Johan Dalene and MSO to premiere Jörgen Dafgård's Tableau Vivant

16 May 2018


Jörgen Dafgård's Tableau Vivant for violin and orchestra will be premiered early in 2019 by the young prodigy Johan Dalene and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Anja Bihlmaier.

Tableau Vivant is based on the concept of the soloist as a painter and the orchestra as the landscape that he is painting. While getting more and more involved in his creative act, the painter gets more and more drawn into the ever more living landscape that he paints.

The concert will take place in Malmö Live at 7pm on February the 7th 2019.



Johan Dalene

Upcoming publications on Gehrmans

09 May 2018


Four works by Jörgen Dafgård are awaiting publication on Gehrmans: the soprano saxophone concerto Abrasax (new edition), Tableau Vivant for violin and orchestra, a new violin concerto titled Eclipse and a new piano trio.



The music publisher Gehrmans, celebrating 125 years in 2018

Jörgen Dafgård's Volo opening up mini festival

21 Apr 2018


Jörgen Dafgård's Volo for string orchestra will be the opening piece of a mini festival in Lund celebrating the centennial jubilee of the Society of Swedish Composers. A program comprising works by nine Swedish composers from the last hundred years will be performed by Kammarorkester Öresund and soloists under the direction of Lennart Fredriksson in Magle Konserthus on April the 22th, starting at 3 pm. This is the eighth performace of Volo since its premiere with Musica Vitae in 2004. Volo is published by Edition Suecia in a slightly revised version from 2009. In this short trailer, made for the Berwald Hall, Jörgen Dafgård tells about the composition of Volo.



Short trailer introducing the performance of Volo by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste at the Berwald Hall in 2013.

Brilliant review of Abrasax with Anders Paulsson in Västerås

27 Jan 2018


The performance of Jörgen Dafgård's Abrasax in Västerås was very favourably reviewed by the critic Birgit Ahlberg-Hyse in Västmanlands Läns Tidning:

"Dafgård's saxophone concerto was like tasting a new dish with an untried, very delicious main ingredient. The dark orchestral background provides the melancholy while the soprano saxophone straightens out a hopeful arabesque all the way.

In the second movement I enjoyed the groping, questioning and slightly touching thematic wind figures against the orchestra's mood-creating structure and, in the third movement, the exultant pitches that displayed both the instrument's brilliant sonorities and Paulsson's virtuosity.

The soprano saxophone may have the leading role but Dafgård has also cared a lot for the composition of the orchestral parts, not least in the winds.

Abrasax, Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra is a commission from the Västerås Sinfonietta and the Jönköping Sinfonietta. When the cheering audience had calmed down, Anders Paulsson expressed his gratitude for the commissioning of this work. The audience has as much reason to be grateful."



The review. Jörgen Dafgård and soloist Anders Paulsson in the wings after the Västerås performance of Abrasax

Highly acclaimed Abrasax with Anders Paulsson in Västerås

26 Jan 2018


Västerås Sinfonietta opened their season with a program which included Jörgen Dafgård's soprano saxophone concerto Abrasax, performed by the virtuoso soloist Anders Paulsson and with Jessica Cottis at the conductor's desk, who with short notice had replaced Joanna Carneiro. The orchestra played with elegance and enthusiasm, inspired by the top notch musicianship of Anders Paulsson. The concerto was very well recieved by the audience, who responded with an unanimous standing ovation, after which Anders Paulsson gave an encore. A recording of the performance can be heard on Soundcloud.



Jörgen Dafgård, Anders Paulsson and Jessica Cottis on stage in front of the Västerås Sinfonietta

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