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Gunnar Idenstam

  • Composer
  • Organist


Gunnar Idenstam frequently appears on Scandinavian television and he collaborates with top musicians from different genres; for example with the Brittish composer and saxophone virtuoso Andy Sheppard, and with the singers Sofia Karlsson and the Laponian yoik artist and songwriter Sofia Jannok. His collaboration with the trombone virtuoso, Christian Lindberg, resulted in a spectacular program of new arrangements of orchestral works highly praised in the press after their recitals in a sold out Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, in Suntory Hall in Tokyo and in the Nordic countries.

He has written commissioned works for Wermland Classic Festival, Lahti Organ Festival and for various groups in the Nordic countries. His music (Cathedral Music) has been used in choreographer Margareta Åsberg´s work, and he has composed original music for choreographer and dancer Virpi Pahkinen.

His latest solo CD was "Cathedral Music" (BIS-Northern Lights) with music of his own. In 2004 was the release of his Swedish folk music CD, in surround, with Johan Hedin, nyckelharpa, and the duo now frequently tour Europe and Japan. As a soloist Gunnar Idenstam has in recent times given recitals in for example Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Monaco Cathedral, St Eustache cathedral in Paris, Kölner Philharmonie Konzertsaal, Concert Hall Ivan Cankar in Ljubljana and Svetlanov Hall in Moscow. In the season 2009-10 he performs in for example Moscow, Belgrade, Budapest, USA and Poland and during this period of time will be the release of his second CD with Johan Hedin and the recording of his own Jukkaslåtar (Songs for Jukkasjärvi) on the label BIS

Education and awards:

Masters degree of Fine Arts in Church Music at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm under Rune Engsö, Anders Bondeman and Torvald Torén in 1983. Soloist Diploma with distinction in 1986. 1985: Prix de Virtuosité and the special 1:st Prize (A l´unanimité et avec ses félicitations du Jury) at the Conservatoire National de Rueil-Malmaison, Paris under Marie-Claire Alain and, in improvisation, Jacques Taddei. 1:st Prize in Grand Prix de Chartres, improvisation, in 1984. Kasper prize (Dagens Nyheter) in 1987

His music and arrangements are published by Gehrmans/Warner /Chappell Music Scandinavia AB.