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Jesper Nordin

The music of Jesper Nordin, with its clear traces of traditional Swedish folk music, rock music and improvised music, is performed and broadcast throughout the world. His orchestral music has been performed by such symphony orchestras as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.


Aside from his orchestral music he is also much performed by major contemporary music ensembles like French Ensemble l’Itinerare and Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, Dutch ASKO ensemble, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Finnish Zagros ensemble and many others. He has received commissions from major ensembles and institutions in Europe, including the French Ministry of Culture.

After studying with Pär Lindgren, Bent Sřrensen and William Brunson at the Royal College in Stockholm, he studied at IRCAM in Paris with Philippe Leroux and was later invited to Stanford University to study with Brian Ferneyhough as a visiting scholar and research at the CCRMA studio.

His work at different electroacoustic studios around the world has made electronics a major part of his musical language both as a composer and as a performer with different constellations.

From 2004 to 2006 he was Composer in Residence at P2, the Swedish Radio’s serious music channel. In 2006 the Swedish Radio also released the portrait-cd Residues which includes many of his orchestral pieces as well as works for choir, solo instruments and electronics. Residues has been hailed as a "milestone for contemporary music lovers" in France and as "a central album of Swedish music from the first decade of the 21st century" in the Swedish press.

He has received several international awards, including a recommendation at UNESCO's Rostrum 2005. His music has been played at several ISCM festivals as well as at Gaudeamus, Musique en Scéne, Ultima, Stockholm New Music, Tokyo Summer Music Festival, Résonances and many others.

In 2010 Jesper Nordin was awarded with the Christ-Johnson Prize - Sweden's most prestigious Composition Prize.

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