Fabian Svensson

The music of Swedish composer Fabian Svensson has been described by the New York Times as “dazzling” and by the Los Angeles Times as “an odd merger of Bartók and Radiohead.” Fabian has a penchant for unusual instrumentations—his work list includes a ukulele duo; a piece for saxophone quartet and four electric guitars; and a piece for 10 multi-instrumental performers, all playing various toy instruments. In his hour-long work Tillvaratagna effekter, he reinvents the violin concerto, with sopranino recorders, melodicas, electric guitars, bass guitars, and timpani backing up the soloist.

Fabian’s music has been performed at venues ranging from obscure garages to the Sydney Opera House, and has been featured at festivals such as Gaudeamus, MATA, Denison TUTTI, SONiC, Forum Wallis, Carlsbad Music Festival, Nordic Music Days, and ISCM World New Music Days. His works have been performed by ensembles such as Calder Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, Ensemble Klang, Ensemble Offspring, Sentieri Selvaggi, the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, and many others.