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
  • Renée Fleming Meets Anders Hillborg ...This spring, Renée Fleming has curated a quartet of Carnegie Hall concerts, including a French song recital with Susan Graham, André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire, and a...
  • And the dark became desire: Renée Fleming and the NYPhil at Carnegie Hall ...This unusually dark interpretation of Fountains of Rome set the stage well for The Strand Settings, the eerie cycle of Anders Hillborg. The songs'...
  • Ruminating on Love and Desire ...The program, which opened with Respighi’s “Fountains of Rome” and ended with Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” (in Ravel’s familiar orchestration), featured the...
  • ...The music struck the heart immediately. Mr. Hillborg’s soft, atmospheric opening seemed to leave no space in the Hall; rather, it pressed on the walls and opened the ceilings even higher. Ms. Fleming’s voice moved in and out of...
  • Renée Fleming joins NY Phil at Carnegie Hall The evening was the third part of Renée Fleming’s Prospective Series which concludes May 4, 2013. But on the night of April 26, 2013, the focus was on the world premeire of...
  • Fleming soars in premiere of new song cycle at Carnegie Hall ...in concert with the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert on Friday, Fleming sang beautifully, looked as regal as ever in billowing layers of midnight-blue chiffon, and showed...
  • Titeln antyder kontraster i musiken, där två lugnare partier omger en agiterad del. Mot en långsam, uppbruten cantus firmus i blecket står ett sensuellt, färgrikt klangmyller. Associationer till den polyfona epoken...
  • Mer förföriskt kan det knappast bli Man kan lugnt påstå att Anders Hillborgs ”Sirens” är helt rätt för Östersjöfestivalens profil. Här finns en havstematik som inte bara svarar...
    
Record Reviews
  • Den Höhepunkt der SACD bildet aber vielleicht das letzte Stück, die wortlose Komposition „Muoayiyaoum“ des 1954 geborenen Schweden Anders Hillborg, den man zu den derzeit interessantesten...
  • Årets bästa skivor Nutida konstmusik. Anders Hillborg: ”Eleven gates”. Kungl Filhar. (BIS/Naxos). Ett bokstavligt portalverk som befäster tonsättarens position på den...
  • A milestone in Swedish Music. Andreas Hanson, CD-revyn, Swedish National Radio
  • "This is a remarkable set of new orchestral works and richly deserves a listen". musicweb-international.com, Dominy Clements
  • A l’instar d’un John Adams, Anders Hillborg sait retrouver le rythme, essentiel et déterminant pour émouvoir plus que pour séduire. A n’en pas douter, voici un des meilleurs...
  • Golvad av Hillborg − CD-revyn, Sveriges Radio P2, 16 oktober 2011.
  • Vidöppet klangfyrverkeri! ...En ny kalejdoskopiskt gnistrande multikanals SACD från BIS visar bredden i hans orkesterkomponerande. Mats Meyer-Lie, HiFi & Musik, 20 september 2011
  • ...King Tide är det verk som skiljer ut sig på denna cd genom sina återhållsamma, men inte mindre effektfulla, uttrycksmedel. Det inleds svagt med ett tremolo i stråkarna och man...
    
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...
  • Mångsidiga Anders Hillborg blir vårens tonsättare i Berwald­hallen. Och på torsdag har hans verk "Eleven Gates" sin Europapremiär på samma scen.   Moderna tonsättare har svårt att få sina verk spelade men Anders...
    
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