Karin Rehnqvist
Swedish Composer

Karin Rehnqvist (born 1957) is one of Sweden's best-known and widely performed composers. With regular performances throughout Europe, USA and Scandinavia, her range extends to chamber, orchestral, stage, and vocal music. Above all, she enjoys working with unusual, cross-genre forms and ensembles. One strong characteristic feature of her work is her exploration of the areas between art and folk music. Both elements are integral and never merely used for effect or as a nostalgic element. In particular, Rehnqvist has explored the extraordinary and dramatic vocal technique of Kulning.

Between 1976 and 1991, Karin Rehnqvist conducted and was the artistic director of the choir Stans Kör. This cemented her special affinity with vocal music and also fired her interest in experimental approaches to concert presentation.  Between 2000 and 2004, Rehnqvist was Composer in Residence with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Svenska Kammarorkestern in collaboration. For them she composed a series of works including a concerto for young clarinetist, Martin Fröst, and the much performed symphonic work Arktis Arktis!, inspired by a polar expedition in the summer of 1999. Her choral symphony Light of Light, which features a children's choir and symphony orchestra, was singled out for critical acclaim at its world premiere in Paris in 2004, and has enjoyed subsequent performances in the UK and Sweden.

In 1996, Rehnqvist was awarded the Läkerol Arts Award “for her renewal of the relationship between folk music and art music”; in 1997, the Christ Johnson Prize for Solsången (Sun Song); in 2001, the Kurt Atterberg Prize; in 2005-2006, the Rosenberg Award; in March 2006, Rehnqvist was accorded the honor of a major retrospective by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; and in 2007, she was awarded the Hugo Alfvén Prize. In 2009, Karin Rehnqvist was appointed Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, becoming the first woman to hold a chair in composition in Sweden. In 2011, Rehnqvist composed music for the royal wedding of the Crown Princess of Sweden. Future plans include an opera, commissioned by The Stockholm Royal Opera.

Source: Information provided by Karin Rehnqvist.