photo K Segerström 2016
was born in Tjärstad (Östergötland) on the 3rd
September, 1954, and grew up in a nonconformist home. After studying
musicology at Uppsala University he came to the Royal College of Music
in Stockholm where he was awarded his teacher's Diploma in 1983. He
then continued his studies as a member of the composition class from
1984 to 1988, studying with Arne Mellnäs, Sven-David Sandström
and Brian Ferneyhough among others. He was awarded scholarships to study
abroad in 1986 and 1987, during which time his studies included composition
lessons with Professor John Lambert at the Royal College of Music in
His debut as a composer took place in 1980, when a chamber music piece
was premiered at the Festival for Young Nordic Music (UNM) in Helsinki.
Since then, Perder's music has been performed in a great number of countries
in Europe, Asia, South and North America and been recorded by the Phono Suecia, Daphne
Records, Ars Musici and dB Records labels. His choral works - and some chamber and orchestral pieces - are
published by several music publishing houses.
The Royal Stockholm Opera,
the Swedish National Radio, Concerts Sweden, Arts Council, NOMUS, Orphei Drängar, Mirror Visions Ensemble, The Bergslagen Chamber Symphony
and many churches in Sweden have - among others
- commissioned works by Perder. He has also been awarded several
In 1993 his composition Långt Bortom (Far Beyond) for mixed choir
and solo trombone won first prize in a composition competition organized
by the Skinnskatteberg Choir Rally, and in 1995 his radio opera Berget (The Mountain) took part in the Prix Italia and received an honourable
mention. In 2001 the CD "Mirrors", including Perder´s
Canto Erotico, was nominated for a Swedish Grammy Award. 2008 the orchestral work Reclaim the rhythm represented Sweden in the International Rostrum of Composers in Dublin. The choir piece Du såg mig först (You saw me first) won second prize in a composition competition for liturgic music in Stockholm 2017, organized by the National Church of Sweden, and Libera me - from the climate opera Earth and wind - is selected for World Music Days in Vancouver november 2017.
His list of works includes chamber music such as the VOCUNA series of
works for solo instruments, orchestral music, a great many choral works,
oratorios, a concert mass and the operas Berget (The Mountain) commissioned by the
Swedish National Radio, Broder Kain (Brother Cain), commissioned
by the Royal Stockholm Opera, and the short opera Attack commissioned by Arts Council of Sweden.
The child opera Prinsessan Erik (Princess Erik) has been performed on different scenes since 2011 and a choir opera with a climate theme (Earth and wind) was commissioned and composed 2015.
Kjell Perder has, beside composing, taught composition, music theory and history
at the Stockholm Institute of Music Pedagogics, University of Uppsala, Örebro College of Music among others.
From 1992 to 1996, and between 2007 and 2013, he worked
as an associate professor at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm,
but is today a freelance composer, conductor, singer and author.
His book "Älska körsång" (Love choir singing) was published 2016.