Jacob Mühlrad. Photo: Elisabeth Ohlson Vallin
Jacob Mühlrad. Photo: Elisabeth Ohlson Vallin

Jacob Mühlrad

Rituals and ceremonies permeate the tone language of Jacob Mühlrad, who thanks to his persistence, obvious talent, and the burning love for music, in an astonishingly short time, has established himself as one of his generation’s most sought-after Scandinavian composers.

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Jacob Mühlrad was already in his teens when he started playing the piano totally by ear. A chance meeting with composer Sven-David Sandström prompted him to take up composing. Given his severe dyslexia it was a great challenge he had to face, learning to read music. He studied at the Gotland School of Composition, at the Royal College of Music in London, and finally at a master’s level at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.

Jacob Mühlrad’s music has already been heard at major concert venues as Carnegie Hall in New York, the National Gallery in London, the Royal Swedish Opera, the Stockholm Concert Hall and the Swedish Radio’s concert hall Berwaldhallen. He often finds his inspiration in the rituals of Jewish liturgy and mysticism. The result is music that is highly suggestive, meditative and amazingly beautiful.

Choral music
The a cappella work work Anim Zemirot (2013) marked an important breakthrough in his career and is today part of the repertoire of many of the most prominent Scandinavian choirs. His close collaboration with the world-renowned Swedish Radio Choir has been of great significance. They premiered Nigun (2014) and Kaddish (2017), a choral work telling the story of Jacob Mühlrad’s grandfather who survived the Holocaust. November 2018 saw the premiere of Time, an international co-commission including the Capella San Francisco, the WDR Rundfunkchor Köln and the Tapiola Chamber Choir.

During 2018-2019 clarinetist and conductor Martin Fröst is touring the world with his new concert project “Retrotopia”, including Jacob Mühlrad’s orchestral piece Angelus Novus.
Jointly commissioned by the Gävle and Norrköping Symphony Orchestras, the new orchestral concert opening piece, Einride, will receive its premiere in 2019. The work is dedicated to and named after the company Einride, for their determination to reduce CO2-emissions globally. Beginning in 2020, a three year collaboration with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic lies ahead, including two new orchestral works.

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