Britta Byström

(born 1977, Sundsvall, Sweden, residence Stockholm) began her musical schooling as a trumpet student in the local music school. She began to compose in her teens, and was accepted onto the composition course at The Royal College of Music in Stockholm in 1995, where her teachers included Pär Lindgren and Bent Sørensen. She graduated 2001. Byström has composed music for most settings of instruments and contexts – chamber music, vocal music and opera – but has devoted most of her energies to orchestral music. Her works have been performed by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jena Philharmonie och Norwegian Radio orchestra (Norska Kringkastingsorkestret), the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the International Youth Wind Orchestra, Musica Vitae, the Kroumata percussion ensembles and others. 2007-2011 Byström was composer in residence by Västerås Sinfonietta and in April 2010 a composer portrait was devoted to her at the concert hall in Stockholm.  Among her works one can mention for example Der Vogel der Nacht (2010), which was premiered 2010 by the Symphony Orchestra at Swedish Radio and Esa-Pekka Salonen during the Baltic See Festival (Östersjöfestivalen).  One can also mention the orchestral work Picnic at Hanging Rock (2010), a tone-poem inspired by Peter Weir’s film with the same name. Byström herself has described it as music with the disappearing as a motive.  The work was awarded with the small Christ Johnsson Fund 2012 Lilla Christ Johnson-priset.  Her composition Barcarole for orchestra represented Sweden at the Rostrum competition in 2001 and was also broadcast in several European countries. Also worth mention is the orchestral work Sera, in which a diminutive lullaby-like theme wends its way through different musical environments.
Selected works: Invisible Cities, 2013, for orch; Dream Day, 2013, fol solo vla; Screeen memories, 2012, for orch; Kinderzenen, 2011, for 3 cor;  Allt beror på vingar, (Wings are everything) 2009, for Coro, orch; Konsert för orkester (Concerto for Orchestra), 2008, for orch; Strövtåg i hembygden (Ramble Through my Countryside), 2007,  for 6 str; La fugitive, 2004, for  ottoni quintet; Weed  for wind ensemble; Serenad, 1999, for fl, vl, vlc, pf.
Publications direction: Available at  Edition Wilhelm Hansen and Svensk Musik/Swedmic AB
Awards, selection: From The Royal Academy of Music the Carin Malmlöf-Forsslings composer award 2010; The Swedish Music Publishers Association’s Annual Music Publisher’s Award 2008. 

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