Johan Svensson (2017)



Johan Svensson (*1983) ist ein schwedischer Komponist, der das Feld zwischen akustischer und elektronischer Musik erforscht. Er studierte in Graz, Oslo und Göteborg und nahm an verschiedenen Meisterkursen (Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Impuls Academy, u.a.) teil.
Svensson sucht nach alternativen Wegen zur Produktion von Klängen mit elektronischen Mitteln. Aktuell experimentiert er mit elektromechanischen Vorrichtungen und rückt dabei die Beziehung zwischen Mensch und Maschine in den Fokus. Kammermusik nimmt in seiner Arbeit einen großen Stellenwert ein, wobei seine Kompositionen von Solostücken bis zu Orchesterwerken reichen.


Johan Svensson (*1983) is a Swedish composer, exploring the field between acoustic and electronic music. He studied in Graz, Oslo, and Gothenburg and attended several masterclasses (including the Darmstädter Ferienkursen für neue Musik and the Impuls academy).
Johan’s music often features alternative ways of producing sounds by electronic means. Currently, his interest lies with electromechanical devices and the relationship possibilities between man and machine in live situations. His focus is on chamber music but his compositions range from solo pieces to works for symphony orchestra.


Residency in Positano

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„I am very grateful for being selected for this new scholarship from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation and ensemble mosaik. To get to stay one month in beautiful Positano while working on my new piece: ampèrian loops – part III and also getting a portrait concert by the amazing ensemble mosaik in Heimathafen in Berlin makes me feel very proud and privileged.

My stay in Casa Orfeo in Positano June 2017 exceeded my expectations by far. The location of the house was just extraordinary, slightly outside the busy city center with a large garden and a mind blowing view over the see from the terrace. It was a big house and working space, which in combination with the peaceful and solitary location made it easy to focus on work.
The high and steep mountains on the one side of the house and the vast open see on the other made a very strong impression on me. Being in between two untamable sources of power, which actually could be felt physically, made an impact on my thoughts about music. This clearly influenced my composition process and the unfolding of the new piece.

I did not expect that I would be the only artist working in Casa Orfeo in June, but I am very grateful for it. Sharing the house with others surely would make it more difficult to focus.
The host, who was taking care of me during my stay, was very warmhearted and helpful. I feel that she and I got close friends during my month in Casa Orfeo and I will remember our interesting late dinner conversations.“

Johan Svensson, Juli 2017