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Stockholm Composer Weekend: Albert Schnelzer(2)

Like a cross between Franz Liszt and Iron Maiden – energetic and progressive, yet lyrical and delicate – this is how the music of Albert Schnelzer has been described. Experience his music at this year’s Stockholm Composer Weekend.

Like a cross between Franz Liszt and Iron Maiden – this is how the music of Albert Schnelzer has been described. It is energetic and progressive, but also lyrical and delicate. Since breaking onto the scene in Paris in 2004, his personal musicality has been internationally acclaimed, and his music has been played by orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. In April, we will have the opportunity to explore his musical style in depth at Composer Weekend 2017.

Albert Schnelzer was born in 1972 and grew up in Värmland. From 1994–2000, he studied at the Malmö Academy of Music and at the diploma level at the Royal College of Music in London. He hopes listeners will experience a sense of entering someone else’s universe for a moment, the same kind of total experience one might have while watching an excellent movie or reading a great book.

“It’s about losing yourself in someone else, with no defences. People are looking for something that completely draws them in, and it’s hard to beat a really good live performance.”

The concert’s opening piece, A Freak in Burbank (2008), was a major hit when it was performed at Royal Albert Hall at the BBC Proms in 2010. His collaboration with the Brodsky Quartet, for which he composed his second string quartet, Emperor Akbar, was also highly acclaimed internationally.

Konserthuset has been arranging an annual Composer Weekend since 2006. The event is a complement to autumn’s Composer Weekend and focuses primarily on Swedish composers.

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