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


Success at the premiere of Lovely is Your Dwelling

28 Oct 2014


Jörgen Dafgård's new cantata Lovely is Your Dwelling was at its first performance met with overwhelming enthusiasm by the audience in a crowded church. The premiere was performed by Hässleholms Kyrkas Vocalensemble (the Vocal Ensemble of the Church of Hässleholm) together with vocal soloists, flute, string quartet and organ, under the direction of Birgitta Roslund. Lovely is Your Dwelling was the main act at a concert celebrating the 100th anniversary of the church of Hässleholm as well as the town of Hässleholm, founded in the same year.

The premiere got large coverage in the press. In addition to an extensive feature ahead of the premiere, the event was covered by Norra Skånes Tidningar on the news pages, followed by a detailed review in the culture section. Covering the event, Kristina Höjendal described the work as "magnificent, wistful and unique" and under the headline "Sweetly magnficent" these lines were included in the review by the critic Henrik Bergkvist:

«A very well balanced instrumental section is followed by a vocal part soft as cotton… Then a magnificent choir movement which is very pungently written… Then a naked, reduced section with a flute melody that sticks in your mind and an elegant soprano solo signed Emma Silver.

Finally another striking, forceful choir movement that offers smart section thinking and refined orchestration.
The suspense is accumulated with dramaturgical precision!

Lovely is Your Dwelling contrasts a reduced, almost romantic tone language with sublime sounds. … Hopefully the people in Hässleholm will get the chance to hear this piece of art music all of their own on more occasions. We deserve that, and so does the composition.»



Feature before the premiere of Lovely is Your Dwelling

21 Oct 2014


Ahead of the premiere of Jörgen Dafgård's new work Lovely is Your Dwelling this Sunday the 26th of October a feature was published last week in Norra Skånes Tidningar. It is based on interviews with the composer and some others about the work and it's creation.


Lovely is Your Dwelling - new cantata to be premiered on October 26

14 Oct 2014


On Sunday the 26th of October at 6:00 p.m. a new cantata by Jörgen Dafgård will be premiered in the church of Hässleholm. Ljuvlig är din boning or Lovely is Your Dwelling is the title and also the beginning of Psalm 84 from the Book of Psalms, where the lyrics is from. The town of Hässleholm has commissioned the work for the centennial celebration of both the town and the church. Lovely is Your Dwelling is the first first work ever written for the town.

This summer a 25 minute work for choir, soloists and ensemble has gradually taken shape. In it three forceful choir movements alternate with two softly lyrical sections focused around solo voices. Psalm 84 was suitable to set to music for this occasion, according to Dafgård. It is about longing for the house of God, which can also stand for the town as a place to return to. It alternates between forcefully extrovert and tenderly wistful sections in a way that was congenial to set to music in a composition with dramatically contrasting sections.

The work will be premiered by Hässleholms Kyrkas Vocalensemble (the Vocal Ensemble of the Church of Hässleholm) together with vocal soloists, flute, string quartet and organ, all under the direction of Birgitta Roslund. Here is more information and here a link for tickets.



The Vocal Ensemble of the Church of Hässleholm

Volo etc in Swedish Radio P2

03 Sep 2014


Today Jörgen Dafgård's Volo for string orchestra can be heard on Swedish Radio P2 in a recording from a concert 2013 in the Berwald Hall with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jukka-Pekka Saraste.

At evening on July 10 Swedish Radio P2 also broadcasted Jörgen Dafgård's Sinfonia No 1 with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Gerard Korsten. This concert was also broadcasted on April 30.

Mahler Revisited enthusiastically received in Estonia

20 Jul 2014


The performance of Jörgen Dafgård's Mahler Revisited on July 18 at the Pärnu Music Festival was met with enthusiastic acclamation by a large audience in the Pärnu Concert Hall and the composer was also spontaneously congratulated by many after the concert. The Pärnu Music Festival, also known as the Järvi Academy, is a big national event in Estonia and an important international festival. The performance of Mahler Revisited at the festival's gala concert was broadcasted live by Estonian radio and also streamed live on the internet.



Heili Rosin, Sophia Rahmann, Mikk Murdvee, Indrek Leivategija and Jörgen Dafgård after the performance of Mahler Revisited in Pärnu. Photo: Tiina Tuhkur

Mahler Revisited to be performed in Estonia on July 18

14 Jun 2014


Jörgen Dafgård's Mahler Revisited will be performed at the Pärnu Music Festival in Estonia, during the gala concert in Pärnu Music Hall on July 18, at 7 pm, by flutist Heili Rosin, violinist Mikk Murdvee, a cellist and pianist Sophia Rahman. Mikk Murdvee, the violinist, is also one of the members in the Zagros Ensemble, whose performance of Mahler Revisited at the Nordic Music Days in Helsinki, Finland in Autumn 2013 was a success. Here is a video from that occasion:


Feature in Sydsvenskan

12 Jun 2014


Today the Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan has a big interviewing feature where the composers Jörgen Dafgård, Anna-Lena Laurin och Rolf Martinsson talks about writing music, inspiration, motivation and other things.



The composers Anna-Lena Laurin, Rolf Martinsson and Jörgen Dafgård. Photo: Herman Omstedt / Sydsvenskan.

Whims and Wizardry with Stefan Harg and the Dahlkvist Quartet

03 May 2014


Today Stefan Harg and the Dahlkvist Quartet will perform Jörgen Dafgård's clarinet quintet Whims and Wizardry in Västerås Concert Hall at 3 pm. They will also perform Miklós Maros' string quartet nr 3 and Brahms clarinet quintet. The concert is arranged by Uruppförandeklubben.

Whims and Wizardry is written in four movements and was premiered in 2012 by the ARD prize-winning German clarinetist Sebastian Manz and a highly qualified international string quartet. In Autumn 2013 Whims and Wizardry, which is published by Gehrmans, was nominated for the Music Publishers' Prize in the chamber music cathegory.



The Dahlkvist Quartet (Kersti Dahlkvist, Bartosz Cajler, Hanna and Jon Dahlkvist) and Stefan Harg

Sinfonia No 1 on Swedish Radio P2

30 Apr 2014


Tonight Jörgen Dafgård's Sinfonia No 1 can be heard on Swedish Radio P2 at 9:06 pm. The broadcasting will thereafter be available on the web radio for 30 days. Gerard Korsten conducts the Swedish Chamber Orchestra in a recording from a concert in Örebro Concert House on the third of October 2013.

Through Fire and Water on Swedish Radio P2

20 Mar 2014


Tonight Jörgen Dafgård's Through Fire and Water for large orchestra can be heard on Swedish Radio P2 at 10:00 pm. The broadcasting will thereafter be available on the web radio for 30 days. Daniel Raiskin conducts the Malmö Symphony Orchestra in a recording from the premiere in 2011, which was a big success, with headlines like "New Smash Hit for Jörgen Dafgård".



Fire and water, early drawing by Jörgen Dafgård

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