Biography

Biography

An extended biographical essay by Carson Cooman: ”Thomas Åberg: Perspectives on His Life and Work”

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Carson Cooman records over 70 of Åberg’s organ works.

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The Diapason – Journal of the Pipe Organ & Church Music (USA): Write-up on Toccata Nr. 8 (Åberg/Published by Noteria)

“He is one of our very best composers for the organ, be it for church or concert, and I would hope that every organist could play at least one of his pieces. It would leave you hungry for more!”

Jay Zoller, The Diapason (August 2017) – Journal of the Pipe Organ & Church Music (USA):
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Thomas Åberg was born in Stockholm 1952 and works there as composer. Most of his works are written for the organ and are characterised by their rhythmical joy, simplicity and humour. His music has been performed by organists at festivals throughout Europe and also in Japan and the USA. He also tours regularly as concert organist with his own works.

Most requested work by organists: Fantasy A-Minor (1980) – Publisher: Svensk Musik – here performed by MARCO LO MUSCIO in Notre-Dame Paris.

Most important teachers: Märta Söderberg (piano), Tore Nilson (organ) and Stig Gustav Schönberg (composition).


Highlights – Åberg’s recitals with own works

  • First solo concert, Stockholm 1981
  • Recitals at Fromborker Organ Festival, Poland 1988
  • Lectured at Sibelius Academy, Helsinki 1990
  • Played two outdoor concerts with digital organ from the big stage of Kungsträdgården (a central park in Stockholm) 1992 & 1993
  • Six concerts in Stockholm Cathedral during Stockholm Water Festival 1994
  • Toured USA 1996; Recital in Washington National Cathedral 1998
  • Guest at Southeast Missouri State University 2000
  • Recital in the Mormon Church in Jerusalem, Israel 2001
  • (Concert tour to California was scheduled to September 12-17 2001, cancelled due to the national tragedy in the US, September 11th)
  • Recitals in Wilster & Krempe (Germany) 2004
  • Composer Portrait, Allhelgonakyrkan Lund (Sweden) 2006
  • Toured USA 2006; Recital Chicago 2011
  • “Meet the Composer” in St. Jacob’s church, Stockholm, 2012 &  2013
  • Performances at Harvard Memorial Church, Harvard University and at The First Unitarian Society in West Newton (MA) 2015
  • Performances at Lund Sacred Contemporary Music Festival 2018.

Memberships

STIM (The Swedish Performing Rights Society) since 1979 (voting member 1988).
FST (Society of Swedish Composers) since 1986.
(When you use their archives, remember the Swedish alphabet: … w x y z å ä ö. = Åberg comes after Z)


Project for New Church Music in Sweden (2015-2018)

& Lund Sacred Contemporary Music Festival 2018

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Grants & Awards

Konstnärsnämnden (The Arts Grants Committee) 1993, 1998;
ASCAP International Awards (USA) 1999;
FST – Society of Swedish Composers 1995, 2001;
STIM – Swedish Performing Rights Society 1987, 1990.


Important collaborations

CARSON COOMAN

American concert organist and composer
Composer in Residence at The Memorial Church, Harvard University

Link to Carson Cooman’s website

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Important collaborations

JOHN GRACEN BROWN

American Writer, Poet

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Visit abergmusic on YouTube

Listen to concert organists Carson Cooman, Marco Lo Muscio, Kevin Kissinger, Luca Masaglia playing works by Åberg. You can also lisen to Thomas Åberg playing own works in Washington D.C., Boston, West Newton and Chicago.

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Favorite composers

Charles Ives, Ned Rorem, Jean Guillou, Steve Reich, Meredith Monk.

Motto as a composer

”Feel free – Have fun!”

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