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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

Double Concerto
For Violin, Viola and String Orchestra

To be premiered by Duo Gelland
and Kammarorkester Öresund

Commissioned by Kammarorkester Öresund
with support from the Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation



News


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.»


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
Rollin' Phones to premiere Saxophone Quartet – Moving and Touching on March 10
05 Mar 2014
On Monday the 10th of March the Swedish saxophone quartet Rollin' Phones will premiere Jörgen Dafgård's newly written quartet Moving and Touching. The 20 minutes long five movement work, commissioned by the Rollin'Phones, was written in late Summer and Autumn 2013. The premiere will take place at a concert celebrating Adolphe Sax 200 years, where the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, Saxtas and others are also performing. Location: Lilla Akademien (Danssalen, hus 3) Norrtullsgatan 14, Stockholm. Free entrance.



The Rollin' Phones saxophone quartet
Caprism – Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra ready for publication
27 Feb 2014
Jörgen Dafgård's new clarinet concerto is now ready for publication in a revised and tidied version, with the title Caprism – Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra. The concerto was premiered in May 2013 by Andreas Sundén with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Christian Eggen. The revision has mainly been done in response to suggestions from Sundén concerning the solo part. The score and parts have now been delivered to Dafgård's publisher Gehrmans for publication shortly.

Jörgen Dafgård's clarinet concerto Caprism on Swedish Radio P2
04 Feb 2014
Today at 00:25 pm Jörgen Dafgård's clarinet concerto Caprism can be heard in Klassisk Förmiddag on Swedish Radio P2. The recording, with Andreas Sundén and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Christian Eggen, is from the premiere at a concert with works exclusively by Composer of Spring Jörgen Dafgård on May 4 2013 at the Berwald Hall. After the broadcasting the program can be heard on the web radio for a month.



Soloist Andreas Sundén and conductor Christian Eggen together with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra at the premiere of Jörgen Dafgård's clarinet concerto Caprism. (Photo: Arne Hyckenberg)
Mahler Revisited with the Zagros Ensemble
10 Dec 2013
The performance of Mahler Revisited by the Zagros Ensemble at the Nordic Music Days 2013 in Helsinki was a success. Jörgen Dafgård's YouTube channel now has a video of the performance, given in the new Musiikkitalo Camerata Hall. Musicians: Auli Kontinen - flute, Mikk Murdvee - violin, Mika Uuksulainen - cello and Sonja Fräki - piano.

New work completed: Saxophone Quartet – Moving and Touching
31 Oct 2013
The Swedish saxophone quartet Rollin' Phones has commissioned a work from Jörgen Dafgård which is now ready. The work, with the title Saxophone Quartet – Moving and Touching, consists of five movements and has a duration of 20 minutes. It will be premiered in Spring 2014. The five movements were composed on different occasions around August. Dafgård found his inspiration from Nordic nature and from experiences (relations and activities) in his life at the time. The first and the last movement make up a balancing pair due to their longer duration – just over five minutes. In between comes three shorter movements lasting between two-and-a-half and three minutes. Movements two and four are insistently extrovert while movements one, three and five are more lyrical. As for their character, the first and the fourth are the most complex of the movements, while the others are more unified in their expression. The movements can also be played as pieces of their own.



Excerpt from Saxophone Quartet – Moving and Touching
Whims and Wizardry nominated for the Swedish Music Publishers' Award
01 Oct 2013
Jörgen Dafgård's clarinet quintet Whims and Wizardry has been nominated for the Swedish Music Publishers' Award in the chamber music cathegory. After the jury's final decision the awards will be given on Friday the 8th of November at Berns in Stockholm.



Whims and Wizardry, published by Gehrmans.
The Swedish Chamber Orchestra to perform Sinfonia No 1 on October 3
24 Sep 2013
The Swedish Chamber Orchestra will perform Jörgen Dafgård's Sinfonia No 1 under the direction of the South African conductor Gerard Korsten at the Örebro Concert Hall on Thursday the 3rd of October at 7:00 pm. From the homepage of the orchestra: "Jörgen Dafgård is a composer who has become very popular and we have long wished to perform his Sinfonia. It is exciting and attractive music." At the concert the mezzo soprano Katarina Karnéus will also sing a new song cycle by Johan Ullén as well as music by Haydn, whose 82nd symphony will also be the final number of the concert.



The Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Andreas Sundén presents Jörgen Dafgård's Clarinet Concerto
05 Sep 2013
In a short video the solo clarinetist Andreas Sundén here presents Jörgen Dafgård's new Clarinet Concerto. Between some samples from his first performance of the work at the Stockholm Berwald Hall in May, Andreas Sundén says a few words about the concerto and how he worked with it.

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