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Jesper Nordin

Jesper Nordin (b. 1971) is a leading Swedish composer who has garnered considerable international acclaim in recent years. His music, with its powerful emotional impact and traces of Swedish folk music, rock and improvised music, is broadcast and performed throughout the world, by conductors and soloists such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Daniel Harding and Kent Nagano, and Martin Fröst, Malin Broman and Pekka Kuusisto. His orchestral works have been played and/or commissioned by orchestras such as the San Francisco Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Frankfurt Radio Symphony and the Philharmonia Orchestra. In 2014 the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra highlighted the music of Jesper Nordin during a four-day portrait festival. Works by Nordin also form part of the repertoire of several of the world’s foremost contemporary music ensembles, among them Ensemble Intercontemporain, L’Itineraire and ensemble recherche. Jesper Nordin’s music has been performed at numerous festivals, including ManiFeste, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, ISCM, Musiques en Scène and Huddersfield. Among the various awards he has received is the Royal Swedish Academy of Music’s Greater Christ Johnson Award (in 2010) for being ‘a sound magician, who explores and expands the acoustic space with originality and an uncompromising curiosity’. Nordin studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with Pär Lindgren, Bent Sørensen and William Brunson, before taking further studies at IRCAM with Philippe Leroux and finally at Stanford with Brian Ferneyhough. As a developer he has founded the music tech startups Gestrument & Reactional Music that have released apps and interactive music for video games.

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