Photo: Kristina Segerström
Photo: Kristina Segerström

Kjell Perder

Perder's music has been performed in over a dozen countries in Europe and North America and been recorded by several labels. His list of works includes chamber music, orchestral music, a vast production of choral works, a concert mass and operas.

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Kjell Perder was born in Tjärstad, Östergötland on the 3rd September, 1954, and grew up in a nonconformist home. After studying musicology at Uppsala University he came to the Royal College of Music in Stockholm where he was awarded his teacher's Diploma in 1983. He then continued his studies as a member of the composition class from 1984 to 1988, studying with Arne Mellnäs, Sven-David Sandström and Brian Ferneyhough among others. He was awarded scholarships to study abroad in 1986 and 1987, during which time his studies included composition lessons with Professor John Lambert at the Royal College of Music in London.

His debut as a composer took place in 1980, when a chamber music piece was premiered at the Festival for Young Nordic Music (UNM) in Helsinki. Since then, Perder's music has been performed in over a dozen countries in Europe and North America and been recorded by the Phono Suecia, Daphne Records, Ars Musici and dB Records labels, and his choral works are published by several music publishing houses. The Royal Stockholm Opera, the Swedish Radio P2, The Swedish National Concert Agency, Music in Blekinge, NOMUS, Orphei Drängar, The Bergslagen Chamber Symphony, and The Royal University College of Music in Stockholm among others have commissioned works by Perder. He has also been awarded several cultural prizes.

In 1993 his composition Långt Bortom (Far Beyond) for mixed choir and solo trombone won first prize in a composition competition organized by the Skinnskatteberg Choir Rally, and in 1995 his radio opera Berget (The Mountain) took part in the Prix Italia and received an honourable mention. In 2001 the CD "Mirrors", including Perder´s Canto Erotico, was nominated for a Swedish Grammy Award.

His list of works includes chamber music such as the VOCUNA series of works for solo instruments, orchestral music, a great many choral works, a concert mass and the operas Berget (The Mountain) comissioned by the Swedish National Radio, and Broder Kain (Brother Cain), which was commissioned by the Royal Stockholm Opera.

Kjell Perder has, beside composing, taught music theory and history at the Stockholm Institute of Music Pedagogics, University of Uppsala, Örebro College of Music among others. From 1992 to 1996 he worked as an associate professor at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, but from 1996 he is mainly a freelance composer.

For more information: www.perder.se