– At first it felt quite surreal since I didn't expect to get to the final. But now that I have had time to digest everything, it feels great that my piece was chosen, says Fredrik Ekenvi, who has studied composition on the Bachelor's program in music at Luleå University of Technology.
Big step forward
The winners of the prestigious award was presented on WASBE's conference in Buñol in Spain. Fredrik Ekenvi's piece will be performed in at least five countries and recorded in the United States.
– Getting my music played abroad is a big step forward for me as a composer and hopefully leads to more opportunities to write for wind instruments, says Fredrik Ekenvi.
It was after a tip from the teacher Jan Sandström that work on the piece "I Long for the Furthest Stars" was started.
– When I was in the process of writing my degree project I had no serious pieces that I worked on. When I received an email from my teacher with information about the competition, it felt like a perfect opportunity to start something. What inspired me was a piece by French composer Olivier Messiaen called Eclairs sur l'au sharing.
Open to new impressions
After three years of study at the School of Music in Piteå, Fredrik graduated in the spring. A time he remembers with warmth.
– I only have positive experiences from the composition education. Everything from the teachers to my fellow students has been fantastic, says Fredrik Ekenvi, who is not yet done with his studies. In the autumn, he starts the master's degree program in musical performance at the School of Music in Piteå.
What has been the best thing about the graduate program?
– The possibility to write for Norrbotten NEO and Norrlandsoperans Symphony Orchestra.
Do you have any tips for future students?
– Listen to music from different genres and be open to new sounds.