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Students' work is premiered to a audience of millions of audiences

Published: 14 December 2021

Erik Karsendal is studying composition at the School of Music in Piteå at Luleå University of Technology. His piece "Snön" ("The Snow") will be premiered during a concert from Studio Acusticum in Piteå which is broadcasted to millions of listeners through the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

"The Snow" is inspired by a collection of poems called "Poetry from Sorsele" written by amateur poets. I was triggered by the local perspective but also by the poem "The Snow" which was about  longing for snow and the joy over its arrival. My piece is an objective observation of the phenomenon of snow and emotions that it creates, says Emil Karsendal.

About the fact that his music will meet a million audiences, he says:

It feels great, it is an incredible opportunity to have my music played to such a large audience. To display your music is to expose yourself and your innermost thoughts and feelings and it's always a bit exciting.

Behind the concert "A Swedish Christmas" is Erik Westberg's Vocal Ensemble and instrumentalists. Erik Westberg is a professor of musical performance and a teacher at the School of Music. With him on stage is the vocal ensemble one of Sweden's foremost folk musicians, the key harpist Torbjörn Näsbom, David Wahlén, well-known accordionist and alumnus of the School of Music and the organist Aaron Sunstein, senior lecturer at the School of Music.


The Christmas concert, which will be broadcast live on 19 December at 18.00, is one of the EBU's largest public radio events this year. In Sweden, it is Swedish radio P2 that will broadcast the concert.