Gustaf Sjökvist Chamber Choir was founded in 1994 and has since then been a very active part of Swedish musical life. The repertoire consists mainly of contemporary music and the choir has premiered scores of new work of composers such as Tomas Jennefelt, Paula af Malmborg Ward, Andrea Tarrodi, Sven-David Sandström, Georg Riedel and Bo Holten. The repertoire also includes classical pieces by Bach, Brahms, Mozart, Beethoven, Verdi among others.

Throughout the years, the choir has collaborated with many soloists and ensembles. For example on tours with soprano Barbara Hendricks and jazz pianist Jan Lundgren. CD recordings have been made together with Barbara Hendricks, Malena Ernman, Jan Lundgren, Edita Gruberova, Håkan Hagegård, Mats Bergström and Nils Lindberg. The choir has also toured with a cappella music to Germany, the United States, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and also made a number of CD recordings of its own.

Gustaf Sjökvist Chamber Choir has regularly appeared at the Music at Siljan Festival and been invited several times to The Taipei international choral festival in Taiwan. The choir has also performed in various projects in the Stockholm Concert Hall, had concerts in the Royal Palace and has also made numerous TV and radio recordings over the years, among others a series of programs on the AXESS tv-channel and most lately in a program on SVT, “In the footsteps of Bach” about Sven-David Sandström. On June 19 2010 the choir participated in the wedding ceremony between Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel in the Stockholm Cathedral.

More recent projects include a CD recording with ABBA legend Benny Andersson and taking part in the Baltic Sea Festival with a performance of Shostakovich's opera "Orango".

2014 the choir celebrated its 20th anniversery, giving a number of concerts that include old favourites as well as works commissioned by the choir. 2015 started off with an a cappella tour to Vadstena and Linköping, with music by Jennefelt, Schönberg and Tarrodi.

The choir recently lost its founder and conductor, Gustaf Sjökvist. He passed away in February 2015. The choir continues to be active, honoring his memory.

Gustaf Sjökvist attended the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and studied choral conducting with Eric Ericson, later orchestral conducting with Sixten Ehrling and Karl Münchinger.

Between 1967 and 2011 Gustaf Sjökvist was the Stockholm Cathedral's choir master, heading choral and concert activities there. Between 1986-1994 Gustaf Sjökvist was the principal conductor of the Swedish Radio Choir. In 1994 he became principal guest conductor of the Bavarian Radio Choir in Munich. For choral performances and recordings he has collaborated with the maestri Abbado, Muti, Haitink, Guilini, Blomstedt and Levine, among others.

1988 he became a member of the Royal Academy of Music and in 1991 he was appointed Professor by the Swedish Government. 1998 he was awarded the Royal Medal Litteris et Artibus. In 2000 he was appointed Court organist by H.M The King and in 2007 he was awarded a medal from the Royal Academy of Music.

In December 2012, Gustaf Sjökvist was elected President of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, a post he held up until his death in February 2015.

Upcoming concerts

10/5 SunMinneskonsert - Gustaf Sjökvist

Storkyrkan, 16:00

Mozarts Requiem samt verk av bl a Sandström, Whitacre, Nystroem, Poulenc och Lidholm

Gustaf Sjökvists kammarkör
Kammarkören Musikaliska
Jeanette Köhn, sopran
Kristina Hammarström, alt
Klas Hedlund, tenor
Karl-Magnus Fredriksson, bas

Medlemmar ur Sveriges Radios symfoniorkester
Dirigent: Ian Plaude

5/7 SunMusik vid Siljan

Karlfeldtsgården, Sångs i Sjugare, Leksand, 15:00

Musik vid Siljans avslutningskonsert.
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Information officer is Stefan Stadfors.
Phone number:+46 73 230 23 27

(Photographer in parenthesis)

Gustaf Sjökvist
(Lisen Ydring)

Gustaf Sjökvist
(Per B Adolphson)

Gustaf Sjökvist
(Per B Adolphson)

Gustaf Sjökvist
(Per B Adolphson)

Gustaf Sjökvist
(Per B Adolphson)

(Lisen Ydring)

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