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One of Sweden’s most distinguished opera composers

One of Sweden’s most distinguished opera composers

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Paula af Malmborg Ward is a Swedish composer and musician with a penchant for musical drama. Born in Stockholm in 1962. Composes music in a former coal tower in the old harbour area Nya Varvet, Gothenburg where she lives since 1992. Timing and text are key words in both opera creating, works for orchestra and choir, solo and ensemble and music for TV and radio.

With operas commissioned by The Royal Opera, Stockholm, Gothenburg Opera and Vadstena Academy, orchestral pieces commissioned/performed by Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Swedish radio orchestra and collaborations with conductors like Gustavo Dudamel, Neeme Järvi and Kent Nagano, Paula´s musical field is of great variation in different genres.

Her chamber music is commissioned/performed by Trio Poseidon, Norrbotten Big Band, Duo Ego, Gilda Lyons, The Miller-Porfiris Duo, Bohuslän Big Band, Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, Duo Gelland, Erik Westbergs vocal ensemble and Hans Davidsson among others.

She loves to sing. And play. And conduct. And talk.

Thinks: being a musician must be the finest of professions.

Then thinks: but they must have something to play too.

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Latest News

  • WOW! THANK YOU ALL for fantastic respons - both audiences and critics. We are SO happy to have met you at Atalante 25-28/1. Indeed [...]

  • WE DID IT! THANK YOU all who brought my credo Spår vägar to reality! Lene Juhl, Ingar Bergby, Katie Harrison Thomas, Samuel Eriksson, Gothenburg [...]

  • Read Kjell-Åke Hanssons article about my work in the magazine Podiet. Welcome to Gothenburg Concert Hall! NB Photo by Francis Löwenholm    

  • Mytomania on the front page of the Swedish magazine Opera, also with a great review. Kerstin Perski and I are happy that the piece landed [...]

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 03/03/2024

    Wonderful organist and dear friend Ligita Sneibe is taking In time - fanfare for organ for a nordic trip. So happy to have had Ligita [...]

  • 16/03/2024

    Gothenburg next! Mats Janssons heroic and exciting project "Diabelli variations now and then" in concert. As a comment to Beethoven´s Diabelli variations; pianist Mats Jansson [...]

  • 17/03/2024

    World premiere of my latest choir piece Den äng som höljts at Svensk Musikvår festival, in a concert presenting my music side by side with [...]

  • 27/03/2024

    PAO Trio in Västerås 27/3 SOLD OUT:) We will give two performances 12 and 15 in Teaterbistron. We already met the audiences in Kil, Göteborg, [...]

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    Som solen och månen

    Children´s choir from Adolf Fredriks music school, Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, Fredrik Winberg, piano. Cond: Lina Sandborgh. First perfomance Folkoperan Stockholm May 7, 2022. Happy to be a part of the wonderful and important project ”Singing children” which encourages schools, teachers, composers, students to sing and work without new, unheard music as a natural part of everyone’s musical life.

     

  • Growing, coming, filling up

    Piece for Anders Paulsson, soprano saxophone solo. My contribution to Anders´ project ”Solitary poems”.

     

  • Kärlekskriget

    Ivonas aria (Shanowny pan!).
    Amelia Jakobsson sopran
    Musik Paula af Malmborg Ward
    Libretto Mathias Clason
    Urpremiär 2017 med Vattnäs konsertladas orkester under ledning av Fredrik Burstedt.

  • Vill ni ha ett frostigt päron?

    Mosters aria, Tove Dahlberg mezzosopran
    Musik Paula af Malmborg Ward
    Libretto Magnus Nilsson
    Vadstena-Akademiens orkester under ledning av Olov Boman
    Foto: Staffan Gustavsson

Sound Clips
  • Sambal Dente, extract

    Gothenburg symphony orchestra (GSO)
    Cond: Neeme Järvi

  • Guido la guida

    3rd mvt Il gallo cortonese, sinfonia concertante – extract
    Helsingborg symphony orchestra (HSO)
    Cond: Bramwell Tovey

  • Operatic extract

    Gothenburg symphony orchestra (GSO)
    Cond: Gustavo Dudamel

  • Hittekvinnan utdrag: Psykvårds-cha-cha (The Foundling Woman extract: Mental care cha-cha)

    1st prize Prix d´Italia 2006
    Voices: Maria af Malmborg Linnman, alto, Susanna Levonen, mezzo soprano, Mikael Samuelsson, baritone
    Swedish Radio orchestra (SRSO) – Cond: Mats Rondin

  • Djävulsknuten – (The devil´s knot)

    Music for SVT´s Christmas calendar 2005, En decemberdöm (A december dream)
    Mixed ensemble from Gothenburg symphony orchestra (GSO), Bohuslän Big Band and Gothenburg wind orchestra (GWO)
    Piano and conductor: Paula af Malmborg Ward
    Recording: Nilento Studio

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LATEST WORKS

  • Singers: Soprano, Alto, Baritone; Sopranino sax/Alto sax/Bass clarinet, Cello/Electric bass, Synthesizer

    (2024)

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  • 5 soloists, orchestra, choir, stage ensembles

    (2023)

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  • 4 soloists (s,a,t,b,) mixed choir, trumpet, string orchestra

    (1999)

  • Organ solo

    (2023)

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  • Vocals, saxes, guit, piano, synth, bass, drums

    (2022)

  • 4 tpts

    (2021/2023)

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