− It feels great fun to get this recognition! From the time we were formed it has been important to order new music and to explore new works, it is one of the most exciting parts of our choral work. My singers' great and dedicated commitment, as well as the creative environment with musicians and educators at the School of Music have made this possible. I am a happy conductor !, says Erik Westberg, professor at Luleå University of Technology.
Toured the world
Erik Westberg's Vocal Ensemble was formed in 1993 and consists of 16-20 singers. The ensemble's choral conductor is Erik Westberg, professor of choral conducting and choral singing at the School of Music at Luleå University of Technology. The members of the ensemble come from northern Sweden and Finland and are active as soloists, church musicians and music teachers. The ensemble has commissioned and erected some 50 works by, among others, Gunnar Eriksson, Tebogo Monnakgotla, Jan Sandström, Sven-David Sandström, Carl Unander-Scharin, Arvo Pärt and Paula af Malmborg Ward.
Over forty tours to Asia, Europe, North and South America have been completed. The vocal ensemble was involved in the project "Choral Song for Peace and Justice" touring in Tonga and Samoa at the turn of the millennium. Together with the Chamber Choir in Piteå and Naxos, the ensemble has recorded all the a cappella works by Wilhelm Peterson-Berger. Erik Westberg's Vocal Ensemble has also made a number of recordings for Sweden's Radio in collaboration with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
The Interpretation Award, established in 1982 by the Swedish Composers Association, is awarded to musicians, ensembles, choir conductors or conductors who are particularly distinguished by performing contemporary art music.
The motivation reads:
"Erik Westberg's Vocal Ensemble receives the award for his large and long-standing commitment to and work for new Swedish choral music. Through a large number of orders and his international impact, they reach a wide public audience."