Welcome to Anders Hillborgs official website
Anders Hillborg - portrait photoAnders Hillborg gained his first musical experience singing in choirs and he was also involved in various forms of improvised music. From 1976 to 1982 he studied counterpoint, composition and electronic music at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, where his teachers included Gunnar Bucht, Lars-Erik Rosell, Arne Mellnäs and Pär Lindgren. Brian Ferneyhough, who was a guest lecturer at the College of Music on several occasions, was also an important source of inspiration.

Apart from occasional teaching positions, Hillborg has been a full-time freelance composer since 1982. His sphere of activity is extensive, covering orchestral, choral and chamber music as well as music for films and pop music.

Anders Hillborg's orchestral music has been performed by many major conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Alan Gilbert, Gustavo Dudamel, David Zinman, Andrey Boreyko, Yannick Nézet-Seguin, Michael Gielen, Leif Segerstam, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Susanna Mälkki, Hannu Lintu, John Storgårds and many others.

Orchestras that have performed his music include Los Angeles Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Bayerishe Rundfunk Orchester, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Orchestra,, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonie, Helsinki Philharmonic.

He has received commissions from leading performing organisations such as Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Tonhalle Zürich, New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the Gothenburg Symphony. Notable musicians he's worked with include Esa-Pekka Salonen, clarinetist Martin Fröst, mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, soprano Renée Fleming, choir conductor Eric Ericson.
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Concert Reviews
  • ...Hillborg’s 14-minute work is indeed a musical smorgasbord, assembled from disparate material from the composer’s own works with a smattering of other voices thrown into the mix. (The composer has noted, ‘there’s a chord from Petrushka,...
  • ...It is a piece spectacularly scored and aimed at the skills of a virtuoso orchestra – percussion features prominently. The orchestration includes a piano, although except where it plays with the harp, the pianist’s efforts were mostly seen ra...
  • Vi som fick plats på Stockholms konserthus hade tur. Som katter lapade vi i oss tonerna av världens lyxigaste sopran Renée Fleming i stycket ”Strand Settings” som den svenske kompositören Anders Hillborg specialkomponerat till henne. Den...
  • Skräddarsytt. Läckert krämigt när Fleming sjunger Hillborg Det var Polarprisglans med kung och drottning på plats när Konserthuset och Filharmonikerna i onsdags intogs av Renée Fleming, vinnare årgång 2008. Den amerikanska...
  • Anders Hillborgs tonmåleri vädjar till en inre fantasi – innerligt tolkad av sopranen Renée Fleming i en konsert som är en av säsongens höjdpunkter. Lars Hedblad, SvD, 11 februari 2016
    
Record Reviews
  • Sirens beguiles… the hypnotic score builds from pulsating pedal notes to a ghostly reverie… the zippy Beast Sampler boasts a wild tangle of blaring sonorities. Neil Fisher, The Times, 5 February 2016
  • ...in Sirens Hillborg is at the height of his considerable powers. Factor in committed singing, playing and direction and you have a modern masterpiece that really deserves to endure. Indeed, the BBC should...
  • ...The score is unpacked with great care by Esa-Pekka Salonen, with Ida Falk Winland and Holgersson as the entwining soprano soloists. All the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic performances, under Sakari Oramo for...
  • Hillborg makes wonders with the standard tools of contemporary music. Clusters, glittering spectral chords and whirling patterns from the winds make the orchestra a surrealistic being which draws the listener in...
  • If your mental image of contemporary music is of something hard-edged and indigestible, this CD will come as a pleasant surprise… Hillborg weaves elaborate soundscapes, sometimes made from scattered points of...
    
Articles/Interviews
  • Anders Hillborg i samtal med Mats Lundgren "Det där med flöde är något jag tänker mycket på. Ibland känns det som att magma bara väller fram.” Killen som missade den...
  • My first encounter with the world of Anders Hillborg came a few years ago, through a recording of his Violin Concerto of 1991-92. After being utterly seduced by its luminous, pulsing opening, a headlong post-minimalist...
  • Anders Hillborg går inte att artbestämma; hans musik framförs såväl av världens symfoniorkestrar som av Eva Dahlgren och i filmer. Han är vårens tonsättare i Berwaldhallen...
  • ANDERS HILLBORG vågar strunta i det mesta, utom att vara noggrann. I hans värld tillåts musiken vara kärv, insmickrande, humoristisk eller brutal. Vare sig det gäller kör, kammarmusik eller större orkesterverk. Även som...
  • What do subway busking, volcanoes, and a Swedish composer have in common? They´re all part of the genesis of Liquid Marble, a 1997 composition by Anders Hillborg that´s on the program of the San Francisco...
    
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