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Britta Byström

© Lars Skaaning
Born: 1977

Britta Byström was born in 1977 in the Swedish town Sundsvall. She began composing as a teenager and in 1995 she started studies in composition at Musikhögskolan in Stockholm. Among her teachers were Pär Lindgren and Bent Sørensen. Britta Byström has written pieces in almost every genre – chamber music, vocal music, even an opera – but orchestral music is her main focus. Her music has been performed by the Swedish and the Norwegian Radio Symphony orchestras. Britta Byström was composer-in-residence at Västerås Sinfonietta 2007-2011 and in 2010 Konserthuset in Stockholm hosted a Composer Portrait.
Important works: Farewell variations was premiered in 2005 and has become a kind of signature piece for the composer. Sera – an orchestral piece in which a lullabylike melody is heard in different musical settings. Byström herself describes the piece as a bird of some sort flying over a musical landscape but without changing. In general Byström likes to express her music in pictures and continues: “I’m trying to make a music that at least to me sounds beautiful and poetic – and hopefully give my listeners an aesthetic experience.” Britta Byström’s careful ear on musical qualities such as timbre and resonance could be labelled "impressionistic".

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