Mats Larsson Gothe/Photo: Marco Feklistoff
Mats Larsson Gothe/Photo: Marco Feklistoff

Mats Larsson Gothe

Mats Larsson Gothe, a full-time composer since 1995, composes works in most genres: stage works, orchestral works, solo pieces and chamber music. During the past few years his operas have attracted a great deal of attention.

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Mats Larsson Gothe has studied composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with among others Sven-David Sandström and Pär Lindgren. He has also studied with Kalevi Aho at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.


Among his works you will find A chamber opera "Blod - en vampyropera i vår tid" (Blood - a vampire opera in our time) (1994-95), a number of orchestral works, two symphonies, chamber music, including works for the percussion ensemble Kroumata, and a series of concertos: Trombone Concerto (1995, composed for Christian Lindberg), Trumpet Concerto (1996) and Piano Concerto (1997). These three concertos form a triptych in which the dramatic structure shows traces of the composer's work of the chamber opera Blod.  

A Cello Concerto (1999, written for Torleif Thedéen) and a Violin Concerto (2000-01, written for Nils-Erik Sparf) are important parts of his sequence of solo concertos, as is his double concerto Sisyphus Dreams, for violin, cello and orchestra, composed for Cecilia Zilliacus and Torleif Thedéen in 2011.  

Stylistically, Larsson Gothe starts out from a Stravinsky tradition that he tries to develop. Furthermore, his studies in Italy (with Atli Ingólfsson) have lent his music a brilliant versatility that could be described as Italian, as exemplified by Franco Donatoni's compositional style. In this way, emotional expression fuses with neoclassical characteristics, combined with a strong feeling of pulse that create a high degree of intensity in Larsson Gothe's music.

Over the last few years Mats Larsson Gothe has come to be one of Sweden's most acclaimed composers, not least through his operas Poet and Prophetess and Blanche and Marie at Norrlandsoperan, and the opera Silverfågeln (the Silverbird) about the opera singer Jussi Björling, premiered at Vattnäs Konsertlada.

Mats Larsson Gothe has been Composer-in-Residence with Norrlandsoperan and the Västerås Sinfonietta, and in 2016  the Composer Weekend Festival at the Stockholm Concert Hall will be devoted to his music. He has received a number of distinguished awards, among these the small Christ Johnson Award, the Bo Wallner Award and the Svenska Dagbladet Opera Award.