Albert Schnelzer (foto: Mats Lundqvist)
Albert Schnelzer (foto: Mats Lundqvist)

Albert Schnelzer

Albert Schnelzer (b. 1972) belongs to the most widely noticed Scandinavian composers of his generation. He studied composition (1994-2000) at the Malmö Academy of Music, and at master’s level at the Royal College of Music in London, and had an international breakthrough in 2004 when his Predatory Dances was premiered at the Présence Festival in Paris.

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Albert Schnelzer's list of works include orchestral compositions, concertos, one full length opera and a wide spectrum of chamber music.
His orchestral output has attracted great attention. The successful concert opener A Freak in Burbank (2008) has opened doors to major concert venues such as the Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms 2010), Berliner Philharmonie, Hamer Hall Melbourne, National Arts Centre Ottawa, Sibelius Hall etc, and has to date been performed some 70 times around the world. It also includes the Oboe concerto – The Enchanter composed for French virtuoso Francois Leleux, the two Pink Floyd inspired works Cello Concerto – Crazy Diamond (2011) and Brain Damage – Concerto for Orchestra (2014). The BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Symphony orchestra jointly commissioned the opening piece Tales from Suburbia (2012).

In April 2017 the Stockholm Concert Hall’s Composer Weekend Festival was dedicated to Albert Schnelzer’s music, where some 15 of his works were performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, soloists and chamber musicians, including the world premiere of the orchestral piece Bulletproof.

Schnelzer’s very first opera The Stockholm Syndrome (Norrmalmstorgsdramat) was staged at the Vattnäs Summer Opera in 2018 to great critical acclaim. 

2019 saw the premieres of two new solo concertos, the Piano Concerto – This is Your Kingdom, for American pianist Conrad Tao, and the Violin Concerto – Nocturnal Songs for the Russion violinist Ilya Gringolts. For Clara Schumann’s 200th anniversary (2019) he composed Burn My Letters – Remembering Clara, an international co-commission including the Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, RTE National SO (Dublin) and Lahti SO.

Chamber Music
Schnelzer is also a much appreciated composer of chamber music. One of his most frequently performed works is the violently dancing piano piece Dance with the Devil. He has composed music for the Brodsky Quartet (String Quartet No 2 – Emperor Akbar), for Dame Evelyn Glennie (Apollonian Dances) and for the celebrations of H M King Carl XVI Gustaf’s 70th birthday (Aqua Songs – Piano Quintet).

Albert Schnelzer’s music is represented on several CDs including portrait CDs on the labels BIS Records and Daphne.
2016 Swedish MPA Award (Clarinet Concerto –
But Your Angel’s on Holiday)
2019 Swedish MPA Award (Piano Concerto –
This is Your Kingdom)

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Selected works:

  • A Freak in Burbank
  • Azraeel Suite
  • Cello Concerto – Crazy Diamon
  • String Quartet No 2 - Emperor Akbar
  • Dance with the Devil
  • Predatory Dances for Piano Trio