July 2–6, 2017
Presented by the
RCCO, & CIOC
Pre & post-festival activities July 1st and 7th
Hans-Ola Ericsson studied composition and organ mainly in Stockholm and Freiburg but later also in the US and in Venice. Most influential among his teachers have been Klaus Huber, Brian Ferneyhough and Luigi Nono. In 1989 Hans-Ola Ericsson was appointed chaired professor in the church music and organ area at the School of Music in Piteå at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. In 1990 he was instructor at the summer course for new music in Darmstadt and was awarded the prestigious Kranichsteiner Musikpreis. He has held guest professorships in Riga, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Amsterdam, as well as lectured and performed at a large number of leading organ festivals and academic symposia worldwide, persistently campaigning for the quality of new music and its right to be heard. In 1996 Hans-Ola Ericsson was appointed Permanent Guest Professor at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen, Germany, and in 2011 Professor of Organ at McGill University, Montréal, Canada. Hans-Ola Ericsson has given concerts throughout Europe as well as in Russia, Japan, Korea, the US, and Canada. His numerous recordings include a highly acclaimed complete recording of Olivier Messiaen’s organ music. He has worked extensively with composers such as John Cage, György Ligeti, Bengt Hambraeus, and Olivier Messiaen on the interpretation of their organ works. He frequently serves as jury member in international organ competitions.
During the last decade, a number of compositions by Ericsson have been premiered, among them the organ mass The Four Beasts’ Amen for organ and electronies, Höga visan – en kyrkoopera (Song of Songs – a Church Opera), and Stabat Mater for women’s choir, four clarinets and two percussionists. Besides his artistic and pedagogical activities, Ericsson is deeply involved in different projects of organ restoration or innovative organ building. He took the initiative to build the innovative Woehl organ at Studio Acusticum in Piteå (inaugurated 2012) and directed the project. Hans-Ola Ericsson is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and received the Swedish Society of Composers interpretation prize in 1999. He has been Principal Guest Organist of the Lahti Organ Festival in Finland (2002–2005) and artistic consultant for the Bodo International Organ Festival in Norway (2005–2011).