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Jonas Valfridsson

Jonas Valfridsson's music is appreciated for it's colorful instrumentation, subtle textures and mysterious beauty.

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Born in 1980 in Jönköping, Jonas Valfridsson belongs to a new generation of Scandinavian composers. He has a masters degree in composition, and has studied at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg, Le Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse in Paris, and at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Among his teachers you will find Ole Lützow-Holm, Åke Parmerud, Pär Lindgren and Marco Stroppa. 

He has been highly acclaimed for his music for orchestra, which is esteemed for its elaborate treatment of sonorities and innovative orchestration. In 2007 he received the third prize in  the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award for In Killing Fields Sweet Butterfly Ascend, which was premiered by The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. He also won the 2010 Uppsala Composition Competition with The Only Thing That You Keep Changing Is Your Name. 

Jonas Valfridsson also composes chamber music, often for chamber ensemble in combination with live-electronics, where he lets the electronics be a source of inspiration to new instrumental sounds.