Thomas Åberg, Composer

Member of FST - Society of Swedish Composers

Biography

 

 

From the book "Swedish Composers of the 20th Century":

Biography written by Stig Jacobsson in 1988. (Publisher: Svensk Musik).

Published over the Internet by Svensk Musik (Swedish Music Information Centre):

In Swedish
In English

 

 

Short biography

Thomas Åberg was born in Stockholm 1952 and works there as composer. Most of his works are written for the organ and are characterised by their rhythmical joy, simplicity and humour. His music has been performed by organists at festivals throughout Europe and also in Japan and the USA. He also tours regularly as concert organist with his own works.

Most requested work by organists: Fantasy A-Minor (1980) Publisher: Svensk Musik - here played by the Polish organist PAWEL SELIGMAN.

Most important teachers: Märta Söderberg (piano), Tore Nilson (organ) and Stig Gustav Schönberg (composition).

 

 

Highlights - Åberg’s recitals with own works

First solo concert, Stockholm 1981; Recitals at Fromborker Organ Festival, Poland 1988; Lectured at Sibelius Academy, Helsinki 1990; Played digital organ at outdoors concerts, Stockholm 1992-1993; 6 concerts in Stockholm Cathedral during Stockholm Water Festival 1994; Toured USA 1996; Recital in Washington National Cathedral 1998; Guest at Southeast Missouri State University 2000; Recital in the Mormon Church in Jerusalem, Israel 2001.

(Concert tour to California was scheduled to September 12-17 2001, cancelled due to the national tragedy in the US, September 11th). Recitals in Wilster & Krempe (Germany) 2004; Composer Portrait, Allhelgonakyrkan Lund (Sweden) 2006; Toured USA 2006; Recital Chicago 2011; July 2012 & July 2013, “Meet the Composer” in St. Jacob’s church, Stockholm. Performances at Harvard Memorial Church, Harvard University and at The First Unitarian Society in West Newton (MA), September 2015.

 

 

Washington National Cathedral, recital 1998.

 

More Highlights - from 1978

 

Favourite composers

Igor Stravinsky, Charles Ives, Ned Rorem, Steve Reich, Meredith Monk.

 

Motto as composer

"Feel free - Have fun!"

 

Memberships

STIM (The Swedish Performing Rights Society) since 1979 (voting member 1988).
FST (Society of Swedish Composers) since 1986.

(When you use their archives, remember the Swedish alphabet: ... w x y z å ä ö. = Åberg comes after Z)

 

Grants & Awards

Konstnärsnämnden (The Arts Grants Committee) 1993, 1998;
ASCAP International Awards (USA) 1999;
FST - Society of Swedish Composers 1995, 2001;
STIM - Swedish Performing Rights Society 1987, 1990.

 

Press Service

Image Archive - Swedish composers (in English and Swedish).

(When you use their archive, remember the Swedish alphabet: ... w x y z å ä ö. = Åberg comes after Z)

 

 

October 14, 2016: The "old dinosaur" has finally joined Facebook!

 

 

From USA-tour 1996

 

Music for St. Francis Day: "Weisflog's Dog"  

CARSON COOMAN playing Åberg's Fantasy A-Minor