Katarina Leyman

(born 1963, Orust, Sweden, residente Stockholm). Art as well as music, has always been an important part of Leyman’s life. During many years she studied painting and sculpture at different art schools in Stockholm. Color and structure, form and movement are often starting points and structural elements in her music, with attempts to capture the different dimensions in sound. Ideas for compositions can grow out of different natural phenomena such as fish shoals, DNA chains, water molecules and clouds...An early inspiration and way into the modern and abstract art was the works of her father, the sculptor Fred Leyman’s. Katarina often works in close relationship with different musicians and mostly composes instrumental music (chamber, choir and orchestral music) with occasional excursions into the electro-acoustical realm. From July 2012 to July 2015, Leyman was the Composer in Residence for Norrlandsoperan Symphony Orchestra. The first assignment, the orchestral piece Transient Skies, was premiered by the orchestra and Joana Carneiro, 2012, in Umeå. Friction; String Quartet no. 2, was commissioned by the Swedish Radio and premiered by Krogerkvartetten and broadcast live on Swedish Radio. Solar Flares, commissioned by the Swedish Radio, was premiered by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Leyman was educated at Royal College of Music in Stockholm, 2000 – 2005, where she studied for Pär Lindgren, among others. She studied at Academic Honors at New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, during 1989 – 1995 and graduated with first a Dual Bachelor Degree's in Composition and Film Scoring and later with a Master of Art in Composition. Her teachers were; Arthur Berger, John Heiss in composition and Richard Hoenich in conducting among others.
Selected works: Swarms, 2012, for 7 instruments, a commission by journalist Birgitta Tollan, was representing Sweden in the international music competition Rostrum 2012; Färger, (Colors), 2008, for fiati quintet, com. by Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Wind Quintet; prem. Grünewaldssalen 2008; Streams, 2006,  for orch, prem. in Stockholm Concert Hall 2006 by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Michael Bartosch; Abandoned Places, 2013,  for fl/ fl-a, fl, perc, pf, cor, 2 trb, tba, vl, vla, vlc; Vattenklanger I, 2010, for S, cl, pf; Fanfar för Harald och Lydia, 2007, for 2 tr; Roll (Role and Roll) 2003, for 3 per; Silhuetter, 2009,  for vl solo; Tre Faser, 2006,  for cl solo; Dyningar 2000 for orch.
Publications direction: Available at Svensk Musik/Swedmic AB 

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