Perspectives on His Life and Work
An extended biographical essay by Carson Cooman
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 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.
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)
FST:s "Think Tank" for Church Music (In Swedish only)
Grants & Awards
Some YouTube clips from the US
Thomas Åberg playing own works in Boston, West Newton, Washington D.C. and Chicago.
From US tour 1996.
Charles Ives, Ned Rorem, Jean Guillou, Steve Reich, Meredith Monk.
Motto as composer
"Feel free - Have fun!"