An extended biographical essay by Carson Cooman:
"Thomas Åberg: Perspectives on His Life and Work"
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 performed by MARCO LO MUSCIO in Notre-Dame Paris.
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 two outdoor concerts with digital organ from the big stage of Kungsträdgården (a central park in Stockholm) 1992 & 1993; Six 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; “Meet the Composer” in St. Jacob’s church, Stockholm, 2012 & 2013; Performances at Harvard Memorial Church, Harvard University and at The First Unitarian Society in West Newton (MA) 2015; Performances at Lund Sacred Contemporary Music Festival 2018.
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
YouTube clips from USA
Thomas Åberg playing own works in Boston, West Newton, Washington D.C. and Chicago.
Charles Ives, Ned Rorem, Jean Guillou, Steve Reich, Meredith Monk.
Motto as composer
"Feel free - Have fun!"