Ann-Sofi Söderqvist

(born in Stockholm, 1956, resident Stockholm/Sweden), is a trumpeter and flügelhorn player and composer mainly for big bands. She also writes symphonic music, pieces for choir, theatre music, and smaller ensembles etc. Her music and arrangements have been performed by orchestras such as Bohuslän BB, Norrbotten BB, Frankfurt HR, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Sandviken BB, Gothenburg Chamber Choir, the choir Voces Nordicae, the vocal ensemble Kontrast, Östgöta Symphonic Wind Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, April Light Orchestra, Bitches Brew a. o. Söderqvist has written arrangements of various ensemble forms and for different artists, such as Marie Bergman, Elisabeth Kontomanou, Rigmor Gustafsson, Victoria Tolstoy, Nils Landgren, Anna-Lotta Larsson and others. In 1999-2003 she studied at The Royal College of Music in Stockholm, further education in composition and music arranging with Örjan Fahlström, Lars-Erik Rosell and Lars Ekström. She also undertook private studies. Together with Danish saxophonist Christina Nielsen, she formed a quintet, which toured jazz clubs and festivals in the Scandinavian countries. She also founded the big band Composer´s Big Fun together with Jan Levander and Joakim Milder which plays original music by the three leaders. In 2010 she formed ASJO – Ann-Sofi Söderqvist Jazz Orchestra. All repertoires are written by Söderqvist. She has toured as a musicians together with artists/groups such as Lisa Nilsson, Änglaspel, elected Jazz Group of the Year in1982, Hot Salsa, Bernt Rosengren Big Band, Gugge Hedrenius BBB, Sandviken BB, Peter Gullin, Ahmadu Jarr Highlife Band, Jan Wallgren Quintet, Ladies & Gentlemen, Blue Cluster, Shine, Björn J:son Lindh, Peter LeMarc, Cyndee Peters, Stora Stygga, led by Mats Holmquist – which performed at North Sea Festival in Haag, the Pori Festival in Finland and Stockholm Jazz and Blues Festival. Since 2006 Ann-Sofi teaches composition, music arranging and ensemble leadership at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.
Selected works: Trumpet stories, 2010 for fiati orch, prem. Stockholm Wind Ensemble, cond. Håkan Hardenberger; Elements, 2007, com. By Norrbotten BB and Tim Hagen; Rum audio in music player; Things ain´t what they seem to be; Shorter´s Quarters.
Selected recordings: ASJO The Story of US, 2013, ASJO Point of view, 2012; Composer´s Big Fun, 2006; Grains, 2009;, Heartflower,1997 .
Publications direction: Available at Svensk Musik/Swedmic AB
Awards, selection: 2012 The medal for the art of music's improver; 2010 Jan Johanssonstipendium (The Jan Johansson Grant); 2011The Swedish Radio Award Composer of the year/Jazzkatten; 1985, Stockholm City Cultural Grant; Swedish Arts Grants Comittee´s State Income Guarantee since 2002.

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