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


Veils and more on the (web) radio

15 Apr 2013

The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra's performed Veils/Slöjor at two almost sold-out concerts at the Stockholm Berwald Hall under the direction of Manfred Honeck on April the 12th and 13th. The concert on April the 12th was broadcasted live on Swedish Radio P2 and will be sent again on April the 17th at 10.30 a.m. The live broadcast can be heard in recorded form on the web radio. At the time 00:27:05 in the broadcast the concert starts. Preceding the concert, an interview with Jörgen Dafgård starts at 00:03:12. In the intermission the Berwald Hall's head of planning Hanns Rodell then says a few words about Veils at 01:14:53.

On April the 12th the Swedish Radio P2 also brodcasted Jörgen Dafgård's choir piece My Garden – Like the Beach, in a recording with the Mikaeli Chamber Choir conducted by Anders Eby. This can be heard here. On the day before the Swedish Radio P2 also aired Jörgen Dafgård's piece For the Sleeping – Dream Sonata for viola and electronics, in a recording with Henrik Frendin, published on CD by Phono Suecia. This can be heard here at 00:48:57.

Review of Veils

14 Apr 2013

Today Svenska Dagbladet published a review of Friday's concert at the Stockholm Berwald Hall with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Manfred Honeck. This is what Sofia Lilly Jönsson writes about Veils/Slöjor: "Jörgen Dafgård is Composer of Spring at the Berwald Hall. Friday's concert therefore started with his Veils from 2000, a visual music that reminded me more of film noir than of the Orient (or wherever the veils came from). I am looking forward to hearing more from him."

Veils with SRSO and Manfred Honeck 12 and 13 April

05 Apr 2013

On April 12 and 13 the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra will perform Jörgen Dafgård's prize-winning piece Veils/Slöjor at the Stockholm Berwald Hall under the direction of Manfred Honeck, who led the premiere of the work in 2000. This will be the tenth and eleventh performance of Veils. Also on the programme: Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations with Truls Mørk on cello and Bruckner's fourth symphony. The concert is part of the presentation of Jörgen Dafgård as Composer of Spring at the Berwald Hall.

Here the concert is presentad by Andreas Sundén (who will be the soloist in the premiere of Jörgen Dafgård's newly written Clarinet Concerto on May the 4th):

Clarinet Concerto by Jörgen Dafgård finished

03 Apr 2013

Jörgen Dafgård has written a Clarinet Concerto which is now finished and delivered. It will be premiered at the Berwald Hall on Saturday the 4th of May at 3.00 p.m. with Andreas Sundén as soloist and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Christian Eggen. Jörgen Dafgård's Esprit and Sinfonia No 1 will also be preformed on the same concert, where Dafgård, as composer of spring in the Berwald Hall, is portrayed

The Clarinet Concerto is a bit over 28 minutes long and written in three movements with a total of 898 bars. The cooperation between Jörgen Dafgård and Andreas Sundén started around a year ago. Jörgen Dafgård found inspiration for the Clarinet Concerto during a stay on Capri for three weeks in Spring 2012. After having written the clarinet quintet Whims and Wizardry, which was premiered at Stöde Musikvecka in July 2012, Dafgård started to write seriously on the Clarinet Concerto in August 2012. The final barline was reached on March the 12th 2013. The Clarinet Concerto is published by Gehrmans.

Volo in Swedish Radio P2 including an interview with the composer

20 Feb 2013

Today at 10.30 a.m. Jörgen Dafgård's Volo can be heard on Swedish Radio P2 with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra led by Jukka-Pekka Saraste. It is a recording from the live radio concert at the Stockholm Berwald Hall on Friday, February 15. The whole broadcasting from Friday can also be heard on the web radio until the middle of March. Included there is also an interview with the composer (with excerpts from Dafgård's Veils and Through Fire and Water).

Reviews of Volo

17 Feb 2013

The two leading Swedish newspapers Dagens Nyheter and Svenska Dagbladet reviewed Friday's concert in the Stockholm Berwald Hall with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jukka-Pekka Saraste. About Volo Johanna Paulsson from Dagens Nyheter wrote: "The concert also provided an opportunity to get a bit acquainted with Composer of Spring Jörgen Dafgård, also by himself an expert of both joining and keeping apart two different musical heritages. The night's opening piece 'Volo' for string orchestra was characterized by rhythmical figures in rousing dance, finely captured in flight over both strings and life's pressing treadwheel."

Jörgen Dafgård about the writing process behind Volo

14 Feb 2013

In the Composer of Spring series the Stockholm Berwald Hall this year presents a number of works by Jörgen Dafgård, starting off the 15 and 16 February with two performances of Volo by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jukka-Pekka Saraste. In this article, publiched 2009 in the periodical Nutida Musik, Jörgen Dafgård tells about the writing process behind Volo.

Volo to be played at the Berwald Hall by SRSO and Saraste on February 15 and 16

06 Feb 2013

Jörgen Dafgård is composer of the spring at the Berwald Hall. Next week the first work will be presented. Jukka-Pekka Saraste will conduct the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in two performances of Volo for strings, on February 15 and 16, at 7.30 pm and 3 pm respectively, at Berwaldhallen in Stockholm.

Here is a trailer where the composer tells about composing and the piece Volo:

Frames and Flow to be performed in Denmark

31 Jan 2013

Now on Sunday, February 3 the Gustav Klimt Quartet will perform Jörgen Dafgård's Frames and Flow for string trio and other contemporary Swedish and Danish works at a concert at 4 pm at Ribe Kunstmuseum in Ribe, Denmark.

Veils in Swedish Radio P2

03 Nov 2012

Today Jörgen Dafgård's Veils for orchestra will be broadcast on Swedish Radio P2 at 4:10 pm. Manfred Honeck conducts the Swedish Radio Sympony Orchestra in a recording from the first performance in April 2000.

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