Marie Samuelsson, studied composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. 2001 she complemented her studies with “Stage d’été” for professional composers at Ircam, Paris. Marie Samuelsson has composed a large number of works, which have been performed at festivals, concerts and broadcast on the radio and TV by ensembles and orchestras in Sweden and throughout the world.
Samuelsson is a member of the Royal Swedish Music Academy since 2005.
2020 – 2015 Recent five years.
During 2020 she is working on a chamber orchestra work, a commission from The Sound Ensemble in Seattle, and also on a chamber opera to Man Must Sing, a opera company based in Gothenburg. Brandnäva/The Cranes’beak a double concerto, had its first performance 2019 in Gävle Konserthus, commissioned by Gävle Symphony Orchestra and conductor Christian Karlsen, with Jacob Kellerman on guitarr, and Catharina Cheng on violin. The Cd The Love Trilogy with four orchestra pieces had its release in the same year, with great press all around the world.
The last years her music has been performed in collaborations with New European Ensemble from Holland, MDR Sinfonieorchester and conductor Kristjan Järvi in Leipzig and Tacoma Symphony Orchestra in Tacoma, USA with conductor Sarah Ioannides. The Orchestra piece Aphrodite – Fragments by Sappho Love Trilogy – nr. 1 was performed by Gothenburgs Symphony Orchestra with conductor Mei-Ann Chen and Katija Dragojevic mezzo soprano, and had its world premiere in Stockholm 2016 with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Blendulf. Förnimmelser/Notions was at the program in New York at The Museum of Modern Art performed by New Juilliard Ensemble with Joel Sachs, a concert with 2000 persons in the audience. In 2017 Five seasons was first performed at the Baltic Sea festival by Musica Vitae. Samuelsson’s latest major project the “The Love Trilogy” for orchestra with Nr 2, A New Child of Infinity was premiered 2015 by Johnny Teyssier and Malmö Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marc Soustrot. Nr 3, Eros Effect and Soldarity had its premiere in 2016, by the Nordic Chamber Orchestra conducted by Sarah Ioannides, who also conducted the piece in USA 2017.
Marie Samuelsson studied composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm 1987-95 with Sven-David Sandström, Daniel Börtz and Pär Lindgren and later for George Benjamin. 2001 she complemented her studies with Stage d’été for professional composers at Ircam, Paris.
Marie Samuelsson has composed a large number of works, which have been performed at festivals, concerts and broadcast on the radio and TV by ensembles and orchestras in Sweden and throughout the world.
In 2017 her piece Notions will be performed at Museum Of Modern Art by Juillard Ensemble and an other USA premiere will be 2018 of the orchestra piece Eros Effect and Solidarity. In the summer of 2017 Five seasons be first performed at the Baltic Sea festival, at Båstad festival and in Växjö by Musica Vitae. The trio Elegiska Förnimmelser was first performed by Das Orchester at the Hedengrens book store in Stockholm 2017. Samuelsson’s latest major project the “Love Trilogy” for orchestra with Nr 2, A New Child of Infinity was premiered 2015 by Johnny Teyssier and Malmö Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marc Soustrot. Nr 1, Aphrodite – Fragments by Sappho, a cantata for mezzo soprano and orchestra, had its world premiere in Stockholm 2016 by Katija Dragojevic and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Blendulf. Nr 3, Eros Effect and Soldarity had its premiere in 2016, by the Nordic Chamber Orchestra conducted by Sarah Ioannides.
2014 A micro-opera for Duo Ego, text by the poet Magnus William-Olsson, Why would I not believe in love? was premiered at the Sound of Stockholm festival, and the orchestra work Singla was performed by the Royal Philharmonics in Stockholm. The summer of 2013 saw the production of the acclaimed full-length opera Jorun orm i öga at the Vadstena Opera, with a libretto by Kerstin Ekman. and the Gothenburg SO. Marie Samuelsson was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 2005 and was one of the Academy´s two vice preses 2013-2014. Gehrmans Musikförlag is involved in an extensive collaboration with Marie Samuelsson, publishing her orchestral and chamber works.
Nineteenth of her pieces were 2007 performed at a four days Composer-festival with the Royal Philharmonics in Stockholm. She has been the recipient of The composer prize in the memory of Bo Wallner 2011 and of STIMs Atterberg Prize. Some of the orchestra works are: The horn in the wind, a horn concerto with first performance by Sören Hemanssson in Stockholm 2010. Airborne lines and rumbles, first performed by Snyko 2009 in Stockholm and in France, and by Helsingborgs Symphony orchestra 2010. Singla commissioned to the festival with the Royal Philharmonics in Stockholm, Fear and Hope for orchestra that went on tour in Europe and Bastet the Sun Goddess – Concerto for violin and orchestra, performed by Anna Lindal with several orchestras, among others Helsinki Symphony orchestra.
Some important chamber-music works are: Fantasia in a circle 2011, Two Lives 2014, the first performance recorded for broadcasting with Duo Gelland, SR P2, In the eye of the wolf, Signal and I am are You?, performed all over the world, and Sorgestråk (Paths of sorrow) for Islands Caput ensemble at Nordic Music Days 2006. She has also composed several music-drama works with texts by the poet Magnus William-Olsson.
Samuelsson is a member of the Royal Swedish Music Academy since 2005. In December 2012 she was elected to vice preses in the presidium of the Royal Swedish Music Academy.
Samuelssons’ music has often been characterized as both directly physical and with quotes such as “music with strong poetic expression” and “with an omnipresent sonorous and rhythmic flow.”
Press-mentions: Marie Samuelsson’s music has won wide acclaim; for example, several reviewers in mass media have called her one of Sweden’s most important composers.
Marie Samuelsson was Nr 10 on Opus Magazine List 2013 of the 20 key individuals and organizations in the classical music in Sweden.
In 2014 the second portrait CD, Solgudinnan, was released on the Myran Prod label; this recording has won wide critical acclaim. The first portrait Cd Air Drum 2003 aroused interest in cultural editors and other media both in Sweden and abroad, among other places in the English magazine The Gramophone. It was also elected to the Nutida Musik CD Prize by a jury of the magazine Nutida Musik.