Albert Schnelzer svensk kompositör

Albert Schnelzer

Albert Schnelzer svensk kompositör

Johan Albert Schnelzer, född 3 juni 1972 i Kristinehamn, är en svensk kompositör.

Biografi

Schnelzer växte upp i Karlstad och studerade 1994–2000 komposition för bland andra Sven-David Sandström och Rolf Martinsson vid Musikhögskolan i Malmö samt för Julian Anderson vid Royal College of Music i London. Han har där samtidigt även studerat dirigering för Gunnar Staern, Lars Jensen och John Carewe. Hans musik blandar melodisk nyromantik med ett starkt rytmiskt driv och slumpmässiga oförutsägbarheter och influenser från såväl rockmusik som internationell folkmusik.

Med orkesterverket Erupto, uruppfört av Helsingborgs symfoniorkester, vann han 1998 kompositionstävlingen “Morgondagens tonsättare”. Han har skrivit ett stort antal verk för såväl symfoniorkestrar som kammarensembler och solister i ett flertal länder, däribland den av såväl Franz Liszt som rockgruppen Iron Maiden inspirerade pianosviten Dance With the Devil (2000), Dance Ecstcatic (2001) för stråkorkester och pianotrion Predatory Dances (2004), beställd av Radio France och uruppförd vid dess Présence Festival.[1] Det av Joseph Haydn och filmskaparen Tim Burton inspirerade orkesterverket A Freak in Burbank (2007), beställdes och uruppfördes av Esa-Pekka Salonen och Stockholms Kammarorkester år 2008 och har därefter spelats av symfoniorkestrar i en rad länder, däribland som del av BBC Proms i Royal Albert Hall i London år 2010.[2] BBC Symphony Orchestra uruppförde år 2015 även orkesterverket Tales from Suburbia på Barbican Centre i London.[3] År 2009 beställdes hans Stråkkvartett nr 2 – “Emperor Akbar” (efter Salman Rushdies romanfigur) av Brodsky Quartet.[4] Samma år uruppförde den franske oboeisten Francois Leleux med Svenska Kammarorkestern hans Oboekonsert: “The Enchanter”. Cellisten Claes Gunnarsson uruppförde med Göteborgs symfoniorkester under ledning av Nikolaj Znaider hans Cellokonsert år 2011.

Med anledning av kung Carl XVI Gustavs 70-årsdag beställde Kungliga musikaliska akademien pianokvintetten Vattensånger av Schnelzer som akademiens gåva till kungen; den uruppfördes vid galan på Kungliga Operan 2016.[5]

Sommaren 2013 var Schnelzer Årets huvudkompositör vid Östergötlands musikdagar.[6] I april 2017 var hans musik föremålet för Kungliga filharmonikernas Tonsättarweekend i Stockholms konserthus.[7] Vattnäs konsertlada i Dalarna har beställt en opera om Norrmalmstorgsdramat 1973 med planerad urpremiär sommaren 2018.[8]

Priser och utmärkelser 

  • 1998 – Förstapris i kompositionstävlingen “Morgondagens tonsättare”
  • 2016 – Musikförläggarnas pris (Konstmusikpriset för stor ensemble), för Klarinettkonserten But Your Angel’s on Holliday[9]
  • 2016 – Stockholms stads Kulturstipendium[10]

Diskografi 

  • Thunderdance (PSCD 177)
  • Spheres (DAPHNE 1027)
  • Predatory Dances, Dance with the Devil, Lamento – For the Naughty Children…, Frozen Landscape (cello- och pianoversion), Wolfgang is Dancing!, Requiem, Solitude (solocello-version) (DAPHNE 1031)
  • Frozen Landscape (violin- och pianoversion), Solitude (soloviolin-version) (CY0701)
  • Village Music (CAP 21687)
  • Apollonian Dances (PPCD 1001)
  • Dance with the Devil (SETTONO 1)

Referenser 

  1. ^ Daphne Records, “Albert Schnelzer Predatory Dances”
  2. ^ 5:4 30 augusti 2010, “Proms 10: Albert Schnelzer, A Freak in Burbank (UK Premiere)”
  3. ^ 5:4 5 maj 2015, “Albert Schnelzer, Tales from Suburbia – World Premiere”
  4. ^ Gehrmans musikförlag 10 juli 2009, “The Brodsky Quartet uruppför nytt svenskt verk” Arkiverad 4 april 2017 hämtat från the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Sveriges Radio P2 6 maj 2016, “Hör Kungens musikpresent!”
  6. ^ Östergötlands musikdagar 2013, “Programmet 2013”
  7. ^ Stockholms konserthus 2017, “Tonsättarweekend: Albert Schnelzer” Arkiverad 4 april 2017 hämtat från the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Dagens Nyheter 2 april 2017, “Råndramat 1973 till operascenen”
  9. ^ Musikförläggarnas pris 2016, “Resultat”
  10. ^ Stockholms Stad, “Kulturstipendiater 2016”

In English

Albert Schnelzer ”one of Sweden’s foremost composers” (Classical Music Magazine, UK), made his international breakthrough at the Présence Festival in Paris 2004. His music is often described as energetic and forwardgoing, lyrical and fragile, but also directly accessible and intensly personal.

Albert Schnelzer was born in Värmland, Sweden on June 3 1972. Between 1994 and 2000 he studied at the Malmö Academy of Music and he has also studied at master’s level at the Royal College of Music in London. In 1998, while still a student, Albert Schnelzer won the competition Composers of Tomorrow with the orchestral work ”Erupto”, which was premiered by the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra.

INTERNATIONAL BREAKTHROUGH
During the 21st century he has taken his place among the most widely noticed younger Swedish composers, and in 2004 he scored an international breakthrough when his Predatory Dances, commissioned by Radio France, was premiered at the Présence Festival in Paris. Albert Schnelzer’s successful concert opener A Freak in Burbank was performed at the BBC Proms 2010 in Royal Albert Hall and was given rave reviews by the UK press. His listed works include orchestral compositions, concertos and a wide spectrum of chamber music. Albert Schnelzer is represented on several CD recordings, including a portrait CD on record label Daphne, and is published by Gehrmans Musikförlag. His music has been performed by orchestras worldwide such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, The Swedish Radio Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Stockholm and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with conductors such as Daniel Harding, Thomas Dausgaard, Mark Wigglesworth, Kirill Karabits, Thomas Sondergaard, Nikolaj Znaider, Lionel Bringuier, John Storgårds, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Jaime Martin and many others. Albert Schnelzer has also had close collaborations with ensembles such as The Brodsky Quartet and musicians such as Francois Leleux.

THE MUSIC

Albert Schnelzer’s music has been described as ”forwardgoing”, ”aggressive”, ”instrumentally demanding” but also as ”fragile and vibrating” and ”an aestetic that is more about personal expression than being modernistic correct”. The music press have praised his inventiveness and personal musical language and he has a firm reputation among musicians for his ability to write idiomatic, but at the same time highly original. The interest in dance has resulted in a suite of works, where ”Dance with the Devil” for solopiano is the first. The composer called this piece ”a cross between Franz Liszt and Iron Maiden” and that might give you an idea what is channeled in his music. Another important ingredient is folk music, for instance the Balkan influenced ”Limpin’ Dances” for accordion, cello and piano where the composer have fused Klezmer scales with Swedish ”polska” rhythms.

”I think there is an immediacy here, and there is a storytelling which I really like. There is a tension, probably most important for me, which carries right through the piece and it has a very rounded feeling performing it. It has a natural way of flowing along with inspiring and interesting things all along the way. So there is something touching us on a very basic level here and that is done in a very sophisticated way.”
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor

”New music has to speak to people, but if the sound world is too familiar, there is no point playing the piece at all. I think Schnelzer achieves an ideal balance between innovation and tradition. Plus it sounds fun – not the most common quality in contemporary music!”
Mark Wigglesworth, conductor

 

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