about

The Swedish composer Jonatan Sersam studied composition at the Malmö Academy of Music (Luca Francesconi), the Conservatory of Bologna and the Künstuniversität in Graz (Beat Furrer). He is an active pianist and a part of Ensemble Ars Nova Malmö. Sersam's musical voyage starts in the encounter between rapid, ruthless transformation and acoustic situations that in various ways questions the idea of progression or process. He's concerned with narration, but not in a programmatic or dramaturgical sense, but the ongoing internal narration within the musical medium. He is experimenting with narrative structures of music, trying to draw parallels and interconnections between contemporary dramatic thinking and the purely abstract flow and musical transformation of sound.

Among his latest projects, two "unstaged" chamber operas have been realized, where the visual aspect is next to minimal. This leaves the relation between words and music completely in focus for the listener. Jonatan Sersam has worked with several symphony orchestras, chamber groups and soloists, and received several grants and scholarships (STIM, Annik & Lars Leander, Swedish Arts Grants Commitee, Swedish Arts Council etc) and his music is reaching a continuously growing audience around the world.

Sersam is one of the founders of the composer group Hertzbreakerz, after being in the artistic council of Connect Festival for new music, and since 2017 he is one of the artistic directors of the Sound Spaces Festival held annualy in Malmö.

 

He worked with many ensembles and orchestras (Kreutzer Quartet (UK), Ensemble FontanaMix (IT), Ensemble Zeitfluss (AU), Marco Fusi, Trio Poing (NO), Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Ars Nova ensemble (SWE), Elektra Ensemble (IS), Notus Wind (UK), Musica Vitae (SWE), John Bauer Brass (SWE), Ruidho Vermelho (IT/POR), Duo Dillon/Torquati (IT), Duo Roche/Zöllner, Juraj Valcuha, Västerås Sinfonietta, Norrbotten Neo, ICTUS, etc)

Sersam was a finalist in the ALEA III competition in 2016 with his piece Vindöga, and receieved a third prize in the "Musequal" Competition in Helsinki in 2021. he received several scholarships and grants, from STIM, FST, the E. Johnson, the Lauré foundation, Helge Ax:son Johnssons Stiftelse and the Royal Music Academy (KMA).

Jonatan Sersam was elected in the Swedish Society of Composers (www.fst.se) in 2018. 

A part of Jonatan Sersams work catalogue is published by BabelScores



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