Sebastian Fagerlund in Residence with Tapiola Sinfonietta


Tapiola Sinfonietta has appointed composer Sebastian Fagerlund as Artist in Residence for the 2021–2022 season. During his residency, the orchestra will perform five of his works, including three world premieres commissioned by the Tapiola Sinfonietta.

In autumn 2021, the Tapiola Sinfonietta will premiere Fagerlund’s flute concerto Terral, with Sharon Bezaly as soloist. In spring 2022, this will be followed by the chamber symphony Auroral and a piano trio not yet completed. The latter two will be premiered at a concert curated by Fagerlund jointly with members of the orchestra and conductors Ryan Bancroft and John Storgårds.

Fagerlund’s earlier output is represented on the programme with the guitar concerto Transit (2013), with Ismo Eskelinen as soloist, and the octet Autumn Equinox (2017). The Tapiola Sinfonietta will be recording both the new orchestral works and the octet for the BIS label in spring 2022.

Important aspects of Fagerlund’s work are his interest in large-scale forms and a profound view of music expressing fundamental questions and existential experiences. Fagerlund was described by BBC Music Magazine as displaying 'boundless technical resource at the service of a considerable imagination.' A highly virtuosic instrumental feel and strong sense of musicianship is noticeable in all of his works, creating musical dramas in which powerful expression is combined with intensity and vivid communication, as well as an openness towards different musical traditions.

“I have always been inspired in my writing by contacts and collaborations with musicians and other artists. The Tapiola Sinfonietta is known as an exceptionally diverse and broad-minded orchestra, and I find it truly inspiring to be entering into cooperation with this unique ensemble as its composer-in-residence. I am looking forward to our musical journey together and an exciting dialogue that I trust will yield new experiences and impulses for myself, for the orchestra and for audiences,” says Fagerlund.

An advance sample of Fagerlund’s work will be provided with a performance of his Partita in the online concert ‘Serenade to spring’ given by the Tapiola Sinfonietta on 13 May 2021.
The full programme of the Tapiola Sinfonietta for autumn 2021 will be posted on the orchestra’s website on 21 May 2021.

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