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Composition Course

Composition Course

Advanced students and young professionals are welcome to apply for the Summer Academy’s Composition course. 

You can apply for either

  • Composing a new piece to be premiered during the festival
  • Participating without premiering a new piece. 

You’ll find the application form at the end of this page.

Age limit: Born after 1.7.1991 

Course language: English


29 February 2024, Midnight EET

Jesper Nordin 

Jesper Nordin (born in 1971 in Stockholm) is a leading Swedish composer, and one who has garnered considerable international acclaim in recent years. His music, with  its powerful emotional impact and traces of traditional Swedish folk music, rock music and improvised music, is broadcast and performed throughout the world. His music is performed by conductors like Esa-Pekka Salonen, Daniel Harding and Kent Nagano and musicians like Martin Fröst, Pekka Kuusisto and Malin Broman. His orchestral pieces have been played and/or commissioned by such orchestras as the San Fransisco Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the Swedish and Finnish radio orchestras.

He is also included in the repertoires of several of the world’s foremost contemporary music ensembles, amongst them Ensemble Intercontemporain, ensemble recherche, L’Itineraire, Quatuor Diotima, Talea and The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.

His iOS apps Gestrument and ScaleGen are used by musicians and amateurs in many different genres and forms the base of the company Reactional Music.

The Composition course

The composer course consists of public lectures and private  student lessons. It is possible to apply for the course with an option to compose a new piece for an unconducted chamber ensemble formation  (available ensembles  will be International Ensemble Modern Academy  and decoder ensemble ) these pieces  will be premiered during the last days of the festival, or without the option of that. The exact instrumentation available will be notified to the  accepted applicants . 

The age limit for the course is 33 years (born after 1.7.1991). The course is taught in English.

The course fee :

350 without a piece, 390 with a new piece, includes participation in the course, open lessons and workshops, and free entrance to all of the festival concerts.

Documents to be submitted: 

CV/resume or similar as an attachment (preferably pdf) or link to your webpage.

Previous  samples ( 2-3) of scores relevant for the application (PDF) 

Links to  2-3  recordings (mp3/mp4) of your own pieces. 

Questions and further information: 

artistic director Johan Tallgren, +358 40 742 6345