Magnus Andersson - Guitar

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Magnus Andersson has long been a leading guitarist in contemporary music and has probably more than anyone else been instrumental in the creation of its modern repertoire. He is well known for his wide ranging and extremely demanding repertoire and for a profound and personal relationship both with his material and audience.

Magnus Andersson has had many works written for him by leading composers of today such as Brian Ferneyhough, James Dillon, Richard Barrett, Rolf Riem, Julio Estrada and many more. One may in particular notice his close collaboration with several Italian composers that has given fruit to several important works; Claudio Ambrosini (RAP), Aldo Clementi (Serenata), Franco Donatoni (Ase, Algo III and IV), Luca Francesconi (A Fuoco), Maurizio Pisati (Samblana and Senti!), Stefano Scodanibbio (Dos Abismos) and Fabio Vacchi (Notturno Concertante). His work has been enthusiastically recieved by the international press.

  • “The heat from the North!” (ABC, Madrid)
  • “His virtuosity held an audience spellbound - a victory for cultural intelligence in the broadest sense” (The Sunday Times, London)
  • “It is rare to find such depth in a musician” (Dagens Nyheter, Stockholm)
  • “Great Art on the guitar” (Fyens Stiftstidende, Odense)
  • “A spiritual voyage on six strings” (Saarbrücker Zeitung, Saarbrücken)
  • “Incomparable mastery of his instrument” (Journal de Gèneve)
  • ”Breathtaking projection of violence and utter delicacy” (The Gramophone)
  • “A virtuosity not heard since Segovia” (Uppsala Nya Tidning”)

Sample of recordings:

  • Chitarra Con Forza (Phono Suecia) - Magnus Andersson plays Swedish guitarmusic
  • Sven-David Sandström (Caprice) – Lonesome/guitarconcerto. Segerstam/RSO
  • Xavier Benguerel (Opera Tres) – Music för guitar
  • Vinko Globokar ( Col Legno) – Masse und Macht/soloist. Michael Gielen, SWR Orchester
  • Short Sounds (Nosag) – Italian music for guitar
  • The Plucked North (Nosag) – Scandinavian music for guitar
  • To hear with the mouth (Caprice) – Music by Barrett, Guy and Doyle
  • Brian Ferneyhough (Disques Montaignes) –
    Kurze Schatten II
  • Hans Werner Henze (Stradivarius) – El Cimarron

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Since autumn 2017 Magnus Andersson teach att Opus Norden Music school. Read more about the
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Magnus Andersson received his first guitar instruction from Roland Bengtsson. In 1973 he he was in Spain at ”Catedra de Segovia” in Santiago de Compostela. 1974-76 he studied at Trinity College of Music, London with William Grandison and during the summer of 1976 followed a short period of study with Prof. Sigfried Behrend.
1976-1980 Magnus Andersson studied with Angelo Gilardino at the GB Viotti Music Academy in Vercelli, Italy.

Magnus Andersson has performed at most of the major festivals for contemporary music in Europe and has toured and given masterclasses all over Europe, USA, and Australia as well as in Mexico, Uruguay and many Asian countries.

Magnus Anderssons performances has been produced and widely broadcasted by radio stations such as BBC, WDR, RAI, SWF, SR, DR etc.

In 1984 Magnus Anderssons founded the guitar class at the ”Summer courses for New Music in Darmstadt”, where he taught up until 1996.

In 1984 Magnus Anderssons Magnus Andersson received the Swedish Gramophone Prize in 1985 and 1986 and was nominated for a Swedish Grammy in 1992. He was awarded with the Composers Union Interpreter Prize in 1983 and the Kranischsteiner Prize in Darmstadt in 1984.
In 1984 Magnus Andersson's CD with Italian contemporary music was chosen as the CD of the month in “Seicorde” and “Guitart” stated that “it brings the guitar to a completely new dimensions of real art on the guitar. “The Wire” in London wrote that the CD was “ completely mesmerizing!”.

Since 1996 Magnus Anderssons regularly works at Buffalo University as a resident artist. 2016 for June in Buffalo he performed with Dal Niente from Chicago and gave the first performance of Josh Levine’s guitar concerto with Slee Sinfonietta.

In early 2009 Magnus Anderssons gave a series of lectures and masterclasses at the Cherubini Conservatory in Florence and also taught at the Saigon Conservatory in Vietnam as part of large Norwegian project called “Transposition”, installed to support the building up of a solid musical life in Vietnam and which will continue until 2015.
2010 Magnus Andersson gave masterclasses at Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome and performed at Villa Massimo in the same city as a guest of Deutsche Akademie Rome.

Currently Magnus Andersson is also active in a trio with Pascal Gallois, bassoon and Rohan de Saram, cello and in a duo with the Italian guitarist Arturo Tallini.
Magnus Andersson also has a collaboration with improvisers in FEED (Mats Gustafsson, saxophone, Raymond Stridh and Andreas Berthling, laptop, as well as with Ensemble Son (Joergen Pettersson, sax, Ivo Nilsson, trombone and Jonny Axelsson, percussion). The latter group did a lauded CD, ”To hear with the mouth”, with double bass improviser Barry Guy, around notation and improvisation with music by Guy, Barrett and Doyle.

During the recent season Magnus Andersson has premiered Masataka Matsuo’s concerto for 10-string guitar with the Tokyo Philharmonic. This work was also performed in Taiwan and lately in Ukraine where it was recorded for a CD release in Japan.

In 2012 Magnus Andersson produced a large Double Quartet project and tour with new works for Ensemble Son and Either/Or (New York) in USA and Sweden. In the same year a composition/improv! isation project with FEED and POING (Oslo) trio was presented in Oslo and Huddersfield. Most recently Magnus performed and lectured with Gallois and de Saram at York University and has given several duo recitals with Rohan de Saram. With the latter a performance Cerventino festival in Mexico in October included a large wotk by Spanish composer Mauricio Sotelo.
Magnus Andersson curated Stockholm New Music festival in 2006 and 2008 to great critical acclaim.

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