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.



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


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

Anders Paulsson plays Dafgård's Abrasax with Västerås Sinfonietta

25 Jan 2018

Tonight the star soloist Anders Paulsson performs Jörgen Dafgård's soprano saxophone concerto Abrasax with the Västerås Sinfonietta and the conductor Jessica Cottis. Abrasax is written in three contrasting movements and has a continuous thread running through the whole piece which tells a story of defeat, recovery and ressurection. The premiere of the concerto last year with the Jönköping Sinfonietta was a great success. "What a wonderful experience" was the headline of a review. Abrasax is co-commissioned by the sinfoniettas in Jönköping and Västerås and published by Gehrmans. The concert starts at 7.00 pm at the concert hall of Västerås and is preceded by an introduction at 6.00 pm.

Anders Paulsson

Erik Ring to perform For the Sleeping in Stockholm and Växjö

15 Oct 2017

Jörgen Dafgårds For the Sleeping - Dream Sonata will be performed at two concerts where Erik Ring plays music for viola and electronics. The first concert takes place at Fylkingen in Stockholm on October 22 at 7:00 pm and the second is in Växjö, at Växjö Konsthall on November 12 at 4:00 pm. On the programme also music by Karlheinz Essi, Ned McGowan and Marsel Nichan. Erik Ring has performed For the Sleeping many times, most recently in Uppsala on May 17 this year.

Erik Ring

Eva Sidén to play Transcendens in Malmö

15 Oct 2017

The pianist and composer Eva Sidén will perform Jörgen Dafgård's piano piece Transcendens at a concert with Swedish and French music in Malmö on October 27. Eva Sidén will also play three of her own works as well as works by Gilbert Amy and Tristan Murail. The concert will take place in the Red Room at the Inter Arts Center at 7:15 pm and is the second concert in a three day festival celebrating the ten year anniversary of the association C-Y ContemporarY.

Eva Sidén

Duo Gelland to premiere Dafgård's new Four Character Pieces in the USA

12 Oct 2017

A collaboration between the internationally acclaimed Duo Gelland and Jörgen Dafgård has become reality thanks to a grant from Helge Ax:son Johnsons Stiftelse. During late summer the new work Four Character Pieces has taken shape, which will shortly have its premiere in the USA. The work has a total duration of about eight minutes and the included duets have the character indications Impetuoso, Dolce espressivo, Giocoso and Rustico e fantastico. Duo Gelland will premiere Four Character Pieces on October 19 at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, where the duo will give a walking concert in an exhibition with photorealistic paintings by Karin Broos. The duo will then perform Four Character Pieces on the continuation of their tour in the USA.

Duo Gelland

Dafgård's Mahler Revisited at the Grünewald Hall

21 May 2017

Today Jörgen Dafgård's internationally acclaimed Mahler Revisited will be the starting piece of a concert at the Grünewald Hall in Konserthuset Stockholm at 3 pm with the RSPO Orchestra Academy. The RSPO Orchestra Academy consists of young, very talented musicians and is tied to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mahler Revisited, commissioned and launched by the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter in 2010, was published on CD in 2011 in a recording with the Peärls Before Swïne Experience and made great success with other ensembles both at the Nordic Music Days 2013 in Helsinki, Finland and at a live broadcast gala concert at the Pärnu Music Festival 2014 in Estonia. The score to Mahler Revisited is published by Gehrmans.

The RSPO Orchestra Academy

Erik Ring performs For the Sleeping in Uppsala

19 May 2017

Today Erik Ring performs Jörgen Dafgård's "For the Sleeping - Dream Sonata" for viola and electronics at a lunch concert with contemporary music in Uppsala. Also on the programme: Sequitur IVb for viola and MaxMsp by Karlheinz Essi. Stadsbiblioteket, Mallas sal, 00.00-00.30 pm.

Erik Ring

The Aniara Quartet to perform String Quartet I at Svensk Musikvår

14 Mar 2017

On Thursday the 23rd of March the Aniara Quartet will perform Jörgen Dafgård's String Quartet I at Folkoperan in Stockholm. The concert starts at 3:00 pm och and is a part of the festival which lasts between the 20th and the 26th of March.

String Quartet I consists of five short movements, which are developed from musical cells of different kinds in an expressive and concentrated musical language. The Work has been performed many times and is available on a with the Aniara Quartet. String Quartet I was last performed by the Aniara Quartet at a concert in Växjö in November.

The Aniara quartet, from the left: Mattias Rodrick, Filip Gloria, Erik Ring and Jonas Lindgård

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