Kristofer Svensson is a composer from 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, and Sundanese karawitan with, amongst others, Ade Suparman and Dody Satya Egagustiman, in West Java.
His music has been performed by soloists and groups such as Contemporaneous, ensemble mise-en, Quatuor Bozzini, Mats Persson, Musica Vitae, Swedish Wind Ensemble, andPlay and Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, the latter which premiered his piece Ir Himinn, Groenn for prepared piano in Just Intonation and specially built gamelan-modelled instruments that Svensson designed together with Sundanese gamelan-maker Asep 'Dede' Ahum in West Java.
He studied composition with Mamoru Fujieda in Fukuoka, Japan.
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