French horn, vignette for Classical Music. Photo: Mira Åkerman.

Photo: Mira Åkerman

Classical Music

Classical music is Western art music composed for all the instruments of the symphony orchestra, but also for choir, solo voice, piano, organ, harp, classical guitar and more. It is music played by symphony orchestras and in opera houses, by smaller orchestras, chamber ensembles and soloists.

Classical music also includes church music and early music. It also includes a lot of newly composed music in the border between composition and improvisation, often in collaboration with electronics or with other music genres.

Church Music

KMH has been educating church musicians for almost 200 years. At the center is education in organ and vocal subjects supplemented with organ care, organ methodology, liturgy, liturgical singing and conducting. In addition to the KMH instruments, the students have access to many of the prominent organs in Stockholm's churches.

Early Music

Studies in medieval up to early romantic repertoires are based in the relation to historical performance practice and the interpretation of music with historical instruments and playing/singing techniques.

Studies at Edsberg Manor

Edsberg Manor. CC-BY-SA: Holger Ellgaard 

At Edsberg Manor in Sollentuna north of Stockholm, programmes are offered in violin, violin, violin cello, piano and chamber music at a high international level. The Edsberg programmes aim to provide a broad cultural perspective on music through close collaboration between theoretical and instrumental studies. Within chamber music, the teaching focuses on specific topics that may be linked to an epoch, geographic area or individual composer.

Teachers in Classical Music

KMH's teachers in classical music are also prominent active performers at, for example, orchestra institutions and as freelancers. Among them we find the professors:

  • Stefan Bojsten – piano
  • Anders Kilström – piano
  • Mats Widlund – piano
  • Petteri Salomaa – singing
  • Per Lundberg – interpretation/coaching
  • Katarina Ström-Harg – interpretation/coaching
  • Georg Öqvist – interpretation/coaching
  • Johannes Landgren – organ (guest professor)
  • Stefan Therstam – organ
  • Ola Karlsson – cello
  • Thorleif Thedéen – cello
  • Tobias Carron – flute
  • Hermann Stefansson – clarinet
  • Christer Johnsson – saxophone
  • Dan Laurin – recorder

In addition, a large number of senior lecturers, lecturers and hourly paid teachers.

Classical Music Department Contacts

Classical Music

Directors of Studies bachelor programme: Karin Hjertzell

Directors of Studies bachelor programme, ensembles, chamber music and freestanding courses: Anterot Joakim

Directors of Studies master programme: Johan Fröst

Directors of Studies master programme, ensembles, chamber music and freestanding courses: Ann Wallström

Directors of Studies Edsberg Manor: Mats Widlund

Independent projects, first cycle (bachelor programmes): Peter Berlind-Carlson

Independent projects, second cycle (master programmes): Sven Åberg

Producer KMH Symfoniorkester: Bo Söderström

Staff at the Department of Classical Music (Swedish)external link

Chamber Music

Chamber music is the ensemble music of the classical repertoire: usually two to eight musicians in a closely assembled musical unit which communicates with the composer's intentions, with themselves and with the audience. KMH students play chamber music throughout the academic year, but during the spring term they present a concentrated manifestation at the ClassicAlive festival.

Classical Music Ensembles

KMH's classical music students perform i various constellations. Some of them are regular recurring ensembles such as the KMH Symphony Orchestra, the KMH Wind Orchestra, the KMH Big Brass och and the KMH Chamber Choir.

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