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.



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For Eight Part Mixed Choir and Violonello

Commissioned by Körcentrum Syd and Petri Sångare
with support from the Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation


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

Success at the premiere of Dafgård's Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra

30 Jan 2017

The premiere of Jörgen Dafgård's Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra with Anders Paulsson and the Jönköping Sinfonietta under the direction of Johannes Gustavsson was a great success.

During a pre-concert talk Jörgen Dafgård told about the construction of the concerto. The treatment of tone material and composition technique is consistently applied throughout the work but has nevertheless resulted in three movements of completely different expression. The first movement contains a conflict between two characters which ends tragically. The second movement brings recovery and in the third movement a resurrection happens; suddenly everything is possible.

With his marvellous solist playing Anders Paulsson made the most of the work together with his fellow musicians and the audience showed their great enthusiasm in an unanimous standing ovation after the performance. Many warm greetings from the audience and musicians alike also followed in the intermission and after the concert. "What a wonderful experience!", Hans Järeby wrote in his review on the following day (see below).

The Jönköping Sinfonietta after the premiere. From the left: Johannes Gustavsson, Jörgen Dafgård. Fifth from the left: Anders Paulsson

Rave review

30 Jan 2017

With "What a wonderful experience!", Hans Järeby starts his review of Sunday's concert, where Anders Paulsson premiered Jörgen Dafgård's Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra together with the Jönköping Sinfonietta under the direction of Johannes Gustavsson. The headline is "New Orchestral Work with Sopranic Class" and the review continues:

«One does not often get the chance to attend a premiere of newly written Swedish music performed by Jönköpings Sinfonietta and with a soloist on soprano saxophone; an instrument which in classical contexts is rather uncommon. On the stage stood Anders Paulsson, no doubt the foremost we have on that instrument, a world artist on his instrument who is equally competent in jazz.

The diligent and praised composer Jörgen Dafgård evoked curiosity. What had he come up with for his commission from Jönköpings Sinfonietta and Västerås Sinfonietta? A work for orchestra and soprano saxophone in three movements had evolved in cooperation with Anders Paulsson.

– He has been given something to get his teeth into, Jörgen Dafgård said in the introduction. The first movement starts forcefully and playfully rolling with a melodic theme which gives a more emotional character. Anders Paulsson makes the soprano saxophone sound like a pleasant, soft whisper in the lower register and it strikes one how beautiful a soprano saxophone can sound, treated in the right way. It has in other contexts given a more whining impression, but not here.

In cooperation with our own wonderful sinfonietta this newly written work grew, following a red thread which, according to Dafgård, dramaturgically depicts a way to renewal after an adversity. Renewal is needed in the classical genre. In the second movement there is a melodic line which returns and seems familiar and springlike. In the third movement one can sense a regeneration that links to the conflict in the first movement. Maybe it is in this movement that Dafgård means that the soloist has been given something to get his teeth into: a long, demanding solo cadenza which really shows Anders Paulsson's virtuosity.

There are clear signs of his enjoyment of what is being created in a concert hall that reflects what he and the sinfonietta performs in front of an audience who express their appreciation for what they hear in a standing ovation.»

Anders Paulsson (photo: Hans Järeby)

Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra to get its world premiere

22 Jan 2017

On Sunday the 29th of January the internationally acclaimed soloist Anders Paulsson will give the first performance of Jörgen Dafgård's newly written Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra together with Jönköpings Sinfonietta and the conductor Johannes Gustavsson. will take place at Spira in Jönköping and starts at 18 pm.

The conductor Johannes Gustavsson and the soloist Anders Paulsson.

Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra completed and published

21 Dec 2016

A concerto for soprano saxophone and orchestra by Jörgen Dafgård has now been completed and published by Gehrmans. The concerto, which is around 26 minutes long and consists of three movements, is written for the internationally acclaimed soloist Anders Paulsson and is a joint commission from Jönköpings Sinfonietta and Västerås Sinfonietta. The premiere will take place in Jönköping on January the 29th under the direction of Johannes Gustavsson.

Excerpt from the full score of Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra by Jörgen Dafgård

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