NEWS BIOGRAPHY WORKS RECORDS REVIEWS PHOTOS
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

Kosmisk Moder
For Eight Part Mixed Choir and Violonello

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



News


Sinfonia No 1 on national radio

13 Dec 2016


Tonight Jörgen Dafgård's Sinfonia No 1 can be heard on Swedish Radio P2 at 11:30 pm. The broadcasting will then be available on the web radio for 30 days. Gérard Korsten conducts the Swedish Chamber Orchestra in a recording from a concert in Örebro Concert House on the third of October 2013 that Swedish Radio P2 now broadcasts for the third time.



Swedish Chamber Orchestra

The Aniara Quartet to perform String Quartet I

03 Nov 2016


On Saturday the 5th of November the Aniara Quartet will perform Jörgen Dafgård's first string quartet at a concert in Växjö Konsthall, Växjö at 4 pm. Works by Reine Jönsson, Thomas Liljeholm, and Gunnar Valkare will also be performed at the concert.

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 before on several occasions and is available on a CD with the Aniara Quartet.

Read more about the concert on www.mediaartes.net.



The Aniara Quartet

For the Sleeping with Sebastian Flögel

20 Oct 2016


Sebastian Flögel today performs Jörgen Dafgård's For the Sleeping – Dream Sonata for viola och electronics at a concert in Liljeforssalen, Malmö at 6 pm. For the Sleeping has now been performed at least at a dozen concerts.



Sebastian Flögel

North American premiere for Moving and Touching

22 Mar 2016


Today Jörgen Dafgård's saxophone quartet Moving and Touching gets its North American premiere at a concert with a Canadian ensemble in the von Kuster Hall in London, Ontario, at 12:30. Moving and Touching is written in five movements and was premiered in Stockholm in 2014 by the Swedish saxophone quartet Rollin' Phones, which has also performed the work at many places in Europe.



The von Kuster Hall

Whims and Wizardry with Samuel Berthod och the Weber string quartet

03 Nov 2015


On Saturday the 7th of November the French clarinetist Samuel Berthod and the Weber string quartet will perform Jörgen Dafgård's clarinet quintet Whims and Wizardry at a concert in the Elim chapel in Norrtälje, Sweden. Also on the program: Sibelius' string quartet Voces Intimae and Brahms' clarinet quintet. Admission: 180 kr, tickets in advance through Norrtälje turistbyrå, roslagen.se.

Jörgen Dafgård's clarinet quintet 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.


Sinfonia No 1 on Swedish Radio P2

28 Oct 2015


Tonight Jörgen Dafgård's Sinfonia No 1 can be heard on Swedish Radio P2 at 9:20 pm. The broadcasting will thereafter be available on the web radio for 30 days. Sinfonia No 1 starts a little over 20 minutes into the program. Gérard Korsten conducts the Swedish Chamber Orchestra in a recording from a concert in Örebro Concert House on the third of October 2013.

The Rollin' Phones playing Moving and Touching in the Netherlands, Paris and Sweden

21 May 2015


Today the Swedish saxophone quartet Rollin' Phones will perform parts of Jörgen Dafgård's new saxophone quartet Moving and Touching in Broerekerk, Bolsward in the Netherlands. They also played this program in Paris on the 18th of May and will play it again in Sweden on two occasions in July (26/7: Galtströms kyrka, Njurunda; 28/7: Forshaga kammarmusikdagar).



The Swedish saxophone quartet Rollin' Phones

Lovely is Your Dwelling to be performed in the S:t Petri Church in Malmö on april 12

06 Apr 2015


On Sunday the 12th of April at 6:00 pm Hässleholms Kyrkas Vocalensemble (the Vocal Ensemble of the Church of Hässleholm) will perform Jörgen Dafgård's newly written cantata Lovely is Your Dwelling in the church of S:t Petri in Malmö. Music by H Schütz, F Mendelssohn and J S Bach is also on the programme.

Lovely is Your Dwelling is a setting of Psalm 84 from the Book of Psalms in the form of a cantata in five movements where three forceful choir movements alternate with two softly lyrical sections focused around solo voices. The work was commissioned by the town of Hässleholm for the centennial celebration of both the town and the church. The premiere in the church of Hässleholm was highly appreciated and the choir will therefore now also present the work in Malmö.

The choir's leader Birgitta Roslund is in charge of the musical direction. At the organ Lukas Arvidsson is to be found. Vocal soloists are Emma Silver, soprano and Vanessa Sundblad, mezzosoprano. The soloistic flute part is played by Anna Tengstrand. A string quartet completes the instrumental ensemble.



The Vocal Ensemble of the Church of Hässleholm

Jörgen Dafgård's portrait concert from the Berwald Hall on Swedish Radio P2

14 Nov 2014


Tonight Swedish Radio P2 broadcasts Jörgen Dafgård's portrait concert as composer of spring at the Berwald Hall, in a recording from May 2013 with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Christian Eggen. The concert starts with Esprit (2012), followed by the premiere of the clarinet concerto Caprism (2013) with Andreas Sundén as soloist. After the break, containing interviews with Jörgen Dafgård and Andreas Sundén, the concert ends with Sinfonia No 1 (2004).

Schedule:

0:51:25 Presentation
0:56:36 Esprit
1:21:35 Presentation
1:25:15 Caprism - Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra
1:57:48 Interview
2:15:47 Presentation
2:19:32 Sinfonia No 1

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.»



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