Rolf Enström curriculum vitae

Rolf Enström can look back on a thirty-year-period as a composer. His list of works consists of about forty works and it includes a number of very carefully crafted compositions of high artistic quality.

Several of his works have become 'classics': i.e. "Directions" (1979) "Final Curses" (1981) with text by the Swedish poet Elsa Grave, "Tjidtjag & Tjidtjaggaise" (1987) which was awarded Prix Italia the same year, the ”bildspel” ”Io” ( 1996 ) together with Thomas Hellsing and the most recent piece for mixed choir and tape - ”Rama” ( 1998 ).

Rolf Enström is a composer who unceasingly seeks new artistic paths and new means of expression and this is something which has led him to combine music with other art forms, primarily the visual arts and literature.

Rolf Enström is a dramatic composer who prefers to work with strong contrasts; violent outbreaks and pauses/silences are important elements in his music. Although the music may often be brutal and violent, charged with dramatic seriousness, one can also catch a glimpse of Enström's characteristic humor hidden somewhere in the textural web in the form of small unexpected sounds, as well as a well developed sense for lyricism and form.