Sebastian Rapacki (b. 1985)
belongs to the very youngest generation of Swedish composers. Aged just 23, his music has already been performed by a large number of ensembles and soloists at concerts, competitions, festivals and workshops in Scandinavia, Germany, England and the USA. Some highlights include winning the ALEA III International Composition Competition 2006 in Boston with his chamber concerto 'Rhapsodie', appearing at the 'Next Generation'-concerts of the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2007, and being selected thrice as one of the seven composers to represent Sweden (Copenhagen 2006 and Oslo 2008) and Denmark (Gothenburg 2009) at the annual UNM (Young Nordic Music) Festival.
The Swedish pianist Hans Pålsson has described how “his personal musical language and the richness and depth of his sound make him a composer who seizes the listener. He is not solely an experimental young composer; his deep commitment in human beings and his serious and intelligent character bid him to use music in a wider context. [...] A music that affects and influences us”.
In June 2008 Sebastian received his Bachelor Diploma from the Malmö Academy of Music/Lund University, where he studied with Rolf Martinsson and Luca Francesconi. Since September 2008 he is continuing his studies on a full scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London. Sebastian is grateful for the assistance of the Leander Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust. He is also the recipient of the Ida Lützhøft Music Award, the Lena Pritchard Green Award and funds from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in Stockholm.http://www.myspace.com/sebastianrapackihttp://rapacki.homepage.dk/