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


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.

Review of Esprit

28 Sep 2012

Susanne Holmlund wrote a praising review in Sundsvalls Tidning after the premiere of Jörgen Dafgård's Esprit with the Nordic Chamber Ensemble. Under the headline "Esprit in Three Ways" she wrote:

More people should have listened to such a program. First two of the great classics of the chamber music litterature and then a premiere that hopefully at least will become a classic for the ensemble. … Jörgen Dafgård wrote a great part of his Esprit out in the nature, but for me it became a town painting depicting how the evening descends over the never stopping flow of the traffic. It starts not unlike Poulenc: the same lightness, the same undercurrent of swinging pulse and some kind of confident, warm soft jazz harmony. But here it never gets cheeky. Instead the instruments set off to more and more frisky adventures, build drama and insistent rhythm in the manner of The Rite of Spring, form a teeming swarm, sometimes run into eachother – but always return to the safe velvety dusk mood. It is full of effects and witty rhythms that can drive a musician crazy, but get audiences to sway in their chairs from enjoyment; thus the piece is as easy to listen to as it is hard to play. This is a piece which we hope to hear again and which has its own spirit, its own joie de vivre. Like the other two.

Esprit soon to be premiered

24 Sep 2012

This week the Nordic Chamber Ensemble will perform Jörgen Dafgård's new work Esprit for the first time in Sundsvall and Härnösand. The 24 minute work for eleven musicians is commissioned by the Nordic Chamber Ensemble and contains fast music throughout. Esprit is written in one movement but is structured in several continuous but contrasting sections. There is a dramaturgical thread running through the whole work. It starts playfully, but gradually the course of events gets more and more adventurous and filled with excitement and drama, to finally reach a euforic ending. Esprit is published by Gehrmans.

To hear the Nordic Chamber Ensemble is to experience chamber music making in a larger scale. The ensemble plays without a conductor and instead the musicians together actively participates in the creation. The Nordic Chamber Ensemble has prepared the premiere of Esprit ambitiously.

Esprit will be performed at St Petrilogen in Härnösand on September 26 at 7 pm and at the Town Hall in Sundsvall on September 27 at 7 pm. Before the break the ensemble will also perform works by Poulenc and Schubert.

Jörgen Dafgård's new Clarinet Quintet Whims and Wizardry on Swedish Radio P2

18 Aug 2012

Today the premiere of Jörgen Dafgård's new Clarinet Quintet Whims and Wizardry can be heard on the radio. At 15:01 pm Swedish Radio P2 is broadcasting the final concert of the festival Stöde Musikvecka, which occurred three weeks ago. The Clarinet Quintet can be heard half an hour into the program. The premiere is performed by Sebastian Manz on clarinet and a string quartet consisting of David Schultheiss, Janis Olsson, Wen Xiao Zheng and Katerina Giannitsioti. Webradio:

The Clarinet Quintet Whims and Wizardry is written in four movements and has a duration of around 20 minutes. It is published by Gehrmans.

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