Kristofer Svensson is a composer based in Stockholm, Sweden. Often in his music, simple harmonic objects are found in a fragmentary musical syntax in a textural environment characterized by noise and silence. Tuning the music in Just Intonation, a characteristic feature of all his music, focuses attention on music’s raw material and invites a micro-audial attention to its details. His use of Just Intonation is connected to an interest in the antique, which also is reflected in a number of compositions for pre-1850 European instruments, most often tuned to one of the series of Just Intonation keyboard designs called 'Kirnberger-Svensson' he has designed for performances of his music. It is inspired by an early temperament by Johann Philipp Kirnberger (d. 1783).
The 'antique' is, however, not only limited to European traditions, and Svensson has spent extensive time studying Asian traditional musics such as the shakuhachi with Gunnar Jinmei Linder in Stockholm, the gǔqín with Yung-Hak Chi in Hong Kong, Sundanese karawitan with, amongst others, Ade Suparman and Dody Satya Egagustiman, in West Java. These studies were supported by grants from the Indonesian Ministry for Arts and Culture (2013) and the Swedish foundations Gålös (2015), Anna Withlock Memorial Foundation (2014), AAA (2013 and 2015), and Erik och Göran Ennerfelts stiftelse (2015). He studied composition with Mamoru Fujieda in Fukuoka, Japan supported by a JASSO Scholarship from the Japanese government (2015).
His music has been performed by soloists and groups such as Contemporaneous, ensemble mise-en, Quatuor Bozzini, Mats Persson & Kristine Scholz, Musica Vitae, Miyama McQueen-Tokita, Swedish Wind Ensemble, andPlay, N/A ensemble, Arcus Collective and Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and at festivals such as Sound of Stockholm (SE, 2016) o/modernt (SE, 2013), Bang on a Can summer music festival (US, 2015), Kalv (SE, 2015), Impuls (AT, 2017), KROCH fest (SE, 2018), and Ung Nordisk Musik (IS, 2017 and SE, 2019).
His activities as a composer have been supported by numerous grants from Swedish foundations and institutions such as Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation (2014 and 2015), Anders Sandrews Foundation (2013), three awards from the Swedish Performing Rights Society (STIM, 2013, 2015 and 2017), two working grants from the Society of Swedish Composers (FST, 2016 and 2018) and a recent commission through the Swedish Arts Council to write two new pieces for Mats Persson and Kristine Scholz premiered in 2019.
In October 2017, a portrait concert with his music titled “pale air (oscillating)” was given at Scandinavia House in New York City. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and a Master’s degree in Music Composition from the University of Hong Kong with the thesis “The Use of Just Intonation in my Recent Compositions”.
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