The music of Marie Samuelsson has been recognized as sensual in newly formed sonorous beauty and exciting rhythm. Orchestras and ensembles perform her work both in Sweden and abroad. Samuelsson was inducted into the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 2005. She has received the Ingvar Lidholm Award, the Bo Wallner Memorial Award and 2023 the large Christ Johnson Award. Her orchestral works have been performed by The Sound Ensemble, Seattle, The New European Ensemble, and the MDR Symphony Orchestra. The New Juilliard Ensemble performed Notions in New York. In collaboration with conductor Sarah Ioannides, The Eros Effect & Solidarity and Love Trilogy – No. 3 were performed in Seattle, USA. Ioannides also conducted the works in the acclaimed album The Love Trilogy with Nordic Chamber Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. The album was released on Daphne records.
Marie Samuelsson creates chamber-, orchestra- and opera music, often with innovative sound elements and electronics. She is educated at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and at IRCAM, Paris. She was elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music 2005.
Her works emerge in close collaboration with prominent musicians, often specializing in contemporary art music. Samuelsson’s music is performed at festivals, concerts, on radio/TV by ensembles and orchestras in Sweden and internationally. Recent years have seen Samuelsson collaborating with major orchestras in Sweden and ensembles abroad such as The Sound Ensemble in Seattle, USA, The New European Ensemble from Holland, MDR Sinfonieorchester and conductor Kristjan Järvi in Leipzig. The orchestra piece Eroseffect and Solidarity, Love Trilogy- no. 3 was performed by Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, USA with conductor Sarah Ioannides. Notions was part of the concert program at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, with New Juilliard Ensemble, conducted by Joel Sachs.
Five seasons was first premiered at the Baltic Sea festival by Musica Vitae and The Crane’s beak, double concerto for violin and guitar, was premiered by The Gävle Symphony Orchestra with conductor Christian Karlsen, Catarina Chen, violin and Jacob Kellermann, guitar. The orchestral work Aphrodite – Fragment by Sappho, Love Trilogy – no. 1 was performed by The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, conductor Mei-Ann Chen, and with Katija Dragojevic, mezzo-soprano and with the Swedish Radio Orchestra and Daniel Blendulf.
Samuelsson is and has been performed by almost all orchestras in Sweden such as the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the Nordic Chamber Orchestra, the Musica Vitae string orchestra, the Snyko orchestra, the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, the Gävle Symphony Orchestra, and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and with a prominent composer festival in four days in collaboration with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
Samuelsson’s music has been recorded on several albums including composer portrait cd:s such as Air Drum and The Sun Goddess. Her latest major works for orchestra appears on the album The Love Trilogy collecting four pieces released in 2019.
Samuelssons orchestra and chamber music is published by Gehrman’s and on svensk musik/mic.
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