Birgitta Lovén

(1933, resident Stockholm, Sweden) is a pianist, composer and arranger. She studied piano with Gottfried Boon, Sven Brandel and Paul Shilhavsky and graduated from Mozarteum, Salzburg and the Roayl College of Music in Stockholm. She studied conducting with Siegfrid Naumann and obtained a musical leader degree. Lovén grew up in a musical family with a mother who was a concert pianist and her grandfather who was a composer, which influenced her a lot. Her composing began in her early childhood when she wrote small pieces in the romantic style and later in an impressionistic and expressionistic style. She studied with Sven-Eric Bäck, Söderholm, Udden, Melchers and later with Vagn Holmboe and Sándor Veress, with Veress at the conservatory in Bern. She wrote songs, ballads and piano compositions in a tonal style. She is an accompanist and rehearser at Dramaten along with other theaters in Stockolm. She has worked as a pedagogue as well as a musical director at Gävle Statsteater for example. Her debut as a soloist was under the baton of Siegfrid Naumann. Some of her songs and poems are published by Rabén & Sjögren in the publication Visor och Romanser till text av Harald Forss. In 1996 her orchestral work Holstamp, original written for piano, was premiered under the baton of Glenn Mossop. Holstamp is a work Lovén wrote when she was young but she elaborated it much later in life. She rewrote another early piece for choir, Ave Maria, 1956/1994 which was premiered in 1999 by Hedvig Eleonoras chamber choir and Per Fridberg conductor.
Selecetd works: Expansiva studier, for pf; Arabesk C-major, for pf; Elegie a-minor, for pf; For You, for pf.
Publications direction: Gehrmans Musikförlag
Awards, selection: 1997 composer's grant San Michele foundation.

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