Autumn 2015


Sleep now, is a lullaby in the form a minidrama


A mother is trying to sing her baby to sleep, which isn’t always easy! It can take a long time. As she sings her soothing lullaby, she grows more and more impatient, but of course this only makes matters worse. All the chores she has to remember run through her head at once, whispering: ”Have to wash, mustn’t forget to call mum, have to collect that prescription,·did I feed the cat?”


The lullaby text is by Sally Beamish.

Sleep now is scored for voice, bass flute, and double bass, and was written for the Ek/Janson/Svensdotter Trio.


World premiere at the Magnet Festival, Vara Concert Hall, October 2, 2015
Borås, Museum of Modern Art, October 4, 2015 at 6 pm.
Gothenburg, Academy of Music and Drama (Artisten), November 10, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Uddevalla, with the Collegium Musicum chamber ensemble, January 16, 2015


Honorary Doctorate at Birmingham City University


On November 13, Karin will receive an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University, “in recognition of distinguished achievements as a composer.”


The degree will be conferred when Karin visits Birmingham Conservatoire as a guest professor for a week of lectures, masterclasses, and rehearsals. Karin’s music will be presented in two concerts with performers including the Thallein Ensemble, Sofia Sandén, and Johanna Bölja Hertzberg.

29 September
Karin Rehnqvist: Taromirs Tid /Time of Taromir

Sinfonietta Evlana, Keith Pascoe, cond

University Church Stephen’s Green, Dublin, 6 pm

2 October
Karin Rehnqvist: Sleep now, for voice, bass flute and double bass – Premiere
Trio Ek/ Janson/ Svensdotter
First performance at The Magnet Festival, Vara Concert Hall, 2 October 8.30 pm

4 October
Karin Rehnqvist: Sleep now, for voice, bass flute and double bass
Trio Ek/ Janson/ Svensdotter

Sinnenas hus, Borås, 6 pm

9–13 November

Karin is guest professor at Birmingham Conservatoire (Birmingham City University) and will receive an honorary doctarate from Birmingham City University.


Music by Karin Rehnqvist at two concerts, 12 November and 13 November. For example:
Sånger ur jorden/Songs from the Earth
I himmelen/In heaven's hall
Till Ängeln med de brinnande händerna/To the Angel with the Fiery hands
Raven Chant
Qeum chama/Who’s that calling
Thallein Ensemble, the choir Via Nova, Sofia Sandén (voice), Johanna Bölja Hertzberg (voice)
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10 November
Karin Rehnqvist: Sleep now, for voice, bass flute and double bass

Trio Ek/ Janson/ Svensdotter

Artisten/Academy of Music and Drama, Gothenburg, 7 pm

23 November – Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Karin Rehnqvist: I Himmelen/In heaven's hall
Karin Rehnqvist: Till Ängeln med de brinnande händerna/To the Angel with the Fiery hands
Via Nova, Daniel Galbreath, cond



Released on the BIS label

Arktis Arktis!
The Swedish Chamber Orchestra

On a Distant Shore
Martin Fröst, clarinet, The Swedish Chamber Orchestra

Kungsbacka Piano Trio

I himmelen (In Heaven's Hall)
Adolf Fredrik's Girls Choir

New CD

To the Angel with the Fiery Hands
The vocal ensemble La Cappella, conducted by Karin Eklundh
+ Jörgen Pettersson, saxophone, in the piece Hymn from Night

To the Angel with the Fiery Hands
– a visual concert for female chorus, soprano and four instruments
[ site in Swedish about the project, the composer, the artists and with lyrics ]

The Rosenberg Award to Karin

The 2006 Rosenberg Award goes to Karin Rehnqvist. The jury's citation is as follows:

"With her feet deeply planted in the musical soil, the 2006 Rosenberg Award winner has created a personal tonal language that speaks to all the world, with a mixture of genuine musicality, Småland tenacity and musical creativity.

The Award, which is for the sum of Euro 8,000, was conferred upon Karin Rehnqvist in Stockholm on 2 December 2005.

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...she has created one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music since Ligeti and Penderecki first emerged in the early 1960s.
– Guy Rickards in NOMUS/Nordic Sounds

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From the Composer's Weekend Festival with Karin Rehnqvist in Stockholm Concert Hall

Webb gallery >
Reviews >

Hugo Alfvén, Swedish composer, 1872-1960


The Alfvén Prize to Karin

For her compositional skill which goes from strength to strength. Her musical creativity is multi-faceted, but her characteristically inventive writing for choirs, and highly personal response to folk music link her with Hugo Alfvén.

The Hugo Alfvén Prize comprises an award of 11,000 euro and a gold medal. It is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, presented on 6 July 2007 at Alfvéngården in Leksand, Dalecarlia.

Concert photos
When the Raven Black turns White >
From Västernorrland county museum,
January 2008


When the Raven Black turns White >
See the video clip
Ulrika Bodén, soprano, Nordic Chamber Ensemble


Hymn, the piece Karin wrote for the wedding of the Swedish Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling in June, 2010, has recently been released on CD as “Bröllopsmusiken från Storkyrkan” on the Ladybird label.

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Gustavo Dudamel and Karin Rehnqvist at the premiere of Tiger Touch with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.
Photos: Magdalena Nilsson


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‹ See the video Klockrent – A Very Large Concert. About the project with all church bells of the island Gotland.
Music composed by Karin.


The most distinguished award
from The Royal Academy of Music

Karin Rehnqvist was awarded the Medal for the Promotion of Music for her impressive work as a composer and teacher. Her original works, which have been very well received in Sweden and abroad, occupy the intermediate zone between contemporary art music and Swedish folk music.
Of special note in her extensive oeuvre are expressive works for voices, which contain traditional herding calls at the same time as they are creative and pioneering.

She has also used her position as a female composer to encourage other women composers and to improve their standing. In 2008 she established and served as the first chairman of KVAST (The Association of Swedish Women Composers). In 2009 she was appointed professor of composition at the the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm.

Karin Rehnqvist has been awarded the Medal for the Promotion of Music, the highest honor from the Swedish Royal Academy of Music. The honor was bestowed on her at the annual meeting of the Academy, in the presence of His Majesty the King and Queen Silvia.


The new CD with seven great vocal works by Karin Rehnqvist;
five of them never released earlier.


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