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Hans-Ola Ericsson
Hans-Ola Ericsson

Hans-Ola Ericsson


Professor i solistiskt orgelspel

Curriculum vitae - engelska/ in English

Hans-Ola Ericsson was born in Stockholm in 1958. He studied music in Stockholm and Freiburg and later in the USA and in Venice. Most influential among his teachers have been Klaus Huber, Brian Ferneyhough, Luigi Nono and Zsigmond Zahtmary.

In 1988 Hans-Ola Ericsson was appointed professor at the School of Music in Piteå/Luleå University of Technology

Hans-Ola Ericsson has given concerts throughout Europe as well as in Japan and the USA and Canada. He has made numerous recordings including a highly acclaimed complete recording of Messiaen´s organ music (on the label BIS), being awarded the Swedish Gramophone Prize annually between 1985 and 1988.

In the summer of 1990 he was instructor at the summer course for new music in Darmstadt and was awarded the prestigious Kranichsteiner Musikpreis.

Hans-Ola Ericsson is also engaged in organ-restoration projects as well as holding courses in Europe and the USA.

During the years 1992-1997 he served as project leader of the ”Övertorneå-project”, an exhaustive organ research project including documentation, reconstruction and restoration of the most important instrument of the Swedish Baroque, the organ of the German Church in Stockholm. At present he is project-leader for the fortcoming symphonic orgen in Studio Acusticum (see www.acusticumorgel.se )

Hans-Ola Ericsson has been engaged in extensive work together with, among others, John Cage, György Ligeti and Olivier Messiaen on the interpretation of their works for organ.

He has held guest professorships in Riga, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Amsterdam, as well as lectured and performed at a large number of leading organ festivals and academic symposia world wide, persistently campaigning for the quality of new music and its right to be heard.

In 1996 Hans-Ola Ericsson was appointed permanent guest professor at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen, Germany.

In the spring of 2000 he was named a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and he received the Swedish Society of Composers interpretation prize in 1999.

Hans-Ola Ericsson was the Principal Guest Organist and Artistic Adviser of the Lahti Organ Festival and he is, since 2006, member of the artistic board of Bodö International Organ Festival.


Music director examination (Church music)                                               
Royal Academy of Music, Stockholm 1981  

Soloist diploma (Hochschulabschlussprüfung) in Organ
Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany 1983  

Composition diploma
Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany 1983  

Private studies
Luigi Nono, Venice, Italy 1984
Olivier Messiaen, Paris, France 1987-1992


Visionen, Torsten Nilsson (Prop. 9905)  

Sheng (Malmö Audioproduktion MAP R 8606) Together with Helén Jahren, oboe. 1. B Hambraeus: Sheng 2. J Johansson: Einige Veränderungen II 3. R Martinsson: Lontano  

Organo con forza (Phono Suecia PS CD 31, dubbel CD)
H-O Ericsson: Melody to the Memory of a Lost Friend XIII, for organ and tape (1985)
S Hanson: ”Es ist genug...” (1985)
G Ligeti: Etude no 1, Harmonies (1967)
R P Scott: Austreibung, for a singing organist (1979/80, rev 1982)
O Lützow-Holm: L’ieu d’ad Orgue, for organ and tape (1979/80 and 1985)
J W Morthenson: Encores (1962, rev 1973)
S-D Sandström: ”Befria mig ur friheten! All denna frihet!” (1980)
R P Scott: Songs for Dr G (1983, rev 1984-85 and -86)
A Mellnäs: Disparitions (1971)
D Feiler: Golá (1985)
T Ungvary: Interactions no 2, for organ and tape (1970/79)  

The complete organ music by Olivier Messiaen Vol 1 - 6
Vol 1: L’Ascension (1934); Le Banquet Céleste (1926/28); Apparition de l’Eglise Éternelle (1932); Diptyque (1930).(BIS-CD 409)
Vol 2: La Nativité du Seigneur (1935). (BIS-CD 410)
Vol 3: Messe de la Pentecôte; Livre d’orgue. (BIS-CD 441)
Vol 4: Les Corps glorieux; Verset pour la fête de la Dedicace. (BIS-CD 442)
Vol 5: Meditations sur le mystère de la Sainte Trinité.(BIS-CD 464)
Vol 6: Livre du Saint-Sacrement. (BIS-CD 491/492)  

The Organ Music by Arnold Schönberg and György Ligeti (BIS-CD 509).
A Schönberg: Variations on a theme
A Scönberg: Rezitativ
G Ligeti: Harmonies
G Ligeti Coulees
G Frescobaldi
G Ligeti: Hommaga a Frescobaldi  

Organ Music from the U.S.A. (BIS-CD 510)
C Ives: Variations on ’America’ for organ (1891)
C Ives: ’Adeste Fidelis’ In an Organ Prelude (1897)
A Copland: Preamble (For a Solemn Occasion)
A Copland: Episode
M Feldman: Principal Sound
J Cage: Some of ’The Harmony of Maine  

20th Century Music for Trumpet and Organ (BIS-CD 565) Hans-Ola Ericsson, organ and Anthony Plog, trumpet.
1. P Eben: Okna (1980)
2. A Plog: Four Themes on Paintings of Edward Munch (1990)
3. A Hovhannes: Prayer of St Gregory, Op 62b (1946)
4. V Persichetti: The Hollow Men (1944)
5. A Jolivet: Arioso barocco (1968)
6. D Lowry: Suburban Measures (1991)  

Baltic Organ Music (BIS-CD 561)
A Pärt: Annum per annum
M K Ciurlionis: Fugue in C sharp minor
M K Ciurlionis: Chorale Fugue in A minor on ’Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir’
P Süda: Prelude and Fugue in G minor
I Zemzaris: Pastorales for Summer Flute
P Vasks: Te Deum
B Kutavicius: Sonata ’Ad Patres’  

The Complete Organ Music by Beethoven and the Complete Works for a Musical Clock by Haydn (BIS-CD 609)  

K Aho: Symphony no 8 (BIS-CD 646) Hans-Ola Ericsson, organ, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä, conductor.  

C P E Bach: The Complete Sonatas for Flute and Obbligato Keyboard (BIS-CD 755/756) Together with Lena Weman, Baroque Flute.  

Olivier Messiaen’s Complete Works for Organ (JADE) Hans-Ola Ericsson plays Livre du Saint-Sacrement.  

Ö Fahlström: ”Animations”, Concert for Organ and Big Band, .
(Phono Suecia PSCD 75) Hans-Ola Ericsson, organ, Norrbotten Big Band, Örjan Fahlström, conductor  

Royal Music for a Royal Instrument (BIS CD 1103) .
Andreas Düben: Praeludium Pedaliter; Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält.
Melchior Schildt: Gleichwie das Feuer; Paduana Lachrymae.
Gustav Düben: [Suite]: Praeludium; Allemande; Courante; Sarabande.
Andreas Düben/Martin Düben: Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr.
Martin Düben: Praeludium; Erstanden ist der heilig Christ; Praeludium Pedaliter.
Anonymous: Frantzösches Liedelein Ex. G.
Johann Rudolph Radeck: Courant. Saraband Ex. A.
Heinrich Scheidemann: Englische Mascarada oder Judentanz.
(Gustav?) Düben: Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren.  

Symphonic Organ Music, Vol 1 (BIS CD 1101)
Jean Sibelius: Intrada, Op.111a (1925); Surusoitto (Funeral Music), Op.111b (1931); Avaushymni (Opening Hymn) and Surumarssi (Marche funebre) (1927) from "Masonic Ritual Music", Op.113.
Antonin Dvorak: Preludes and Fugues (1859).
Alexander Glazunov: Prelude and Fugue in D major, Op.93 (1906-07); Prelude and Fugue in D minor, Op.98 (1914); Fantasy, Op.110 (1934-35).  

Symphonic Organ Music Vol 2 (BIS-CD 1102)
Ottorino Respighi: Preludio in re minore (1910); Preludio in la minore sopra un Corale di Bach "Ich hab mein Sach Gott heimgestellt"; Preludio in si bemolle minore sopra un Corale di Bach "In dich hab' ich gehoffet, Herr"
Charles Gounod: Offertoire.
Vincenzo Bellini: Organ Sonata in G major
Bedrich Smetana: Sest Preludii pro varhany (Six Preludes for Organ)
Sir Edward Elgar: Vesper Voluntaries, Op.14; Cantique, Op.3 No.1  

Ericsson, Hans-Ola: Musik für Orgel und Tonband (Hochschule für Künste, Bremen)
”De fyra varelsernas Amen” ”Melody to the Memory of a Lost Friend XIII”  

Hans-Ola Ericsson - The Four Beasts´Amen (BIS-SACD 1486)
The Four Beasts´ Amen. Mass for organ and electronics based on texts by Olov Hartman
Melody to the Memory of a Lost Friend XIII, for organ and electronics
Canzon del Principe. An intabulation on an intabulation for organ and electronics (Don Carlo Gesualdo)
from Höga Visan (Song of Songs), a church opera (together with Susanne Rydén soprano and Tommy Björk, percussion)

Die Woehl-Orgel der Katharinenkirche zu Oppenheim (OBV CD001)
Hans-Ola Ericsson spielt Werke von Johann Sebastian Bach, Dieterich Buxtehude, César Franck, Nicolas de Grigny, Oskar Lindberg und Torsten Nilsson.
Anonymus: Batalha de 6. ton
Dieterich Buxtehude: „Nun freut euch lieben Christen g’mein“
Torsten Nilsson: Linguae tamquam ignis
Nicolas de Grigny: Récit de tièrce en Taille
Johann Sebastian Bach : Toccata in E
Oskar Lindberg : Gammal fäbodspalm från Dalarna
Cesar Franck: Choral Nr 3, a-moll
Johann Sebastian Bach/Virgil Fox: Komm, süsser Tod
Anonymus: Batalla famossa  

John Cage – Organ2/ASLSP (Organum Ogm 250085) As SLow aS Possible Christoph Bossert & Hans-Ola Ericsson  

Joël-Francois Durand – La terre et le feu (mode 139) Les raisons des forces mouvantes


•                    De fyra varelsernas Amen, (1999/2000), organ, 6-ch-tape
•                    Gesänge der Toten (1977), op 18, organ
•                    Konsertstycke 75 op 11 (1973/75)
•                    Melody to the Memory of a Lost Friend IV (1982/83), ampl pf & 2 ch tape
•                    Melody to the Memory of a Lost Friend XI (1984/85), prep pf
•                    Melody to the Memory of a Lost Friend XIII (1985), organ & tape
•                    Morceau II, op 2 (1974) pf
•                    Morceau III (A Schönberg in memoriam), op 3 (1974)
•                    Niemandsland op 23 (1977/78), organ & tape
•                    Orgel-Symphonie op 13 (1975-76), organ
•                    Via dolorosa op 12 (1974), organ (2 players)

•                    Melody to the Memory of a Lost Friend II (1982/83), ampl vlc & 2 ch tape
•                    Melody to the Memory of a Lost Friend VI (1982/83), ampl vl & tape
•                    Melody to the Memory of a Lost Friend IX (1982/83), vl & tape and vlc & tape

•                    Melody to the Memory of a Lost Friend III (1982/83), ampl ob & 2 ch tape
•                    Melody to the Memory of a Lost Friend V (1982/83), ampl fl & 2 ch tape
•                    Morceau I op 1(1974), trb (posaune)
•                    Morceau IV op 4 (1973/74), a-rec

Plucked instruments
•                    Melody to the Memory of a Lost Friend I (1982/83), ampl guit & 2 ch tape

•                    Melody to the Memory of a Lost Friend VII (1984), ampl perc.

•                    J’ecris ton nom )1980/82), organ, perc, tape
•                    Melody to the Memory of a Lost Friend VIII (1982/83), fl & tape and guit &  tape
•                    Melody to the Memory of a Lost Friend X (1982/83), fl, ob, guit, perc, pf, vl, vlc  and tape
•                    Niagara III (1988), instr & electronics
•                    Reflexionen op 21 (1977), 4 cor, tr, 3 trb, organ.
•                    Svit för brass op 17 (1976), brass quintet
•                    Niemandsland II (1980-81), chamber orch & vla

Concertos, choir etc
•                    Deposuit potentes, Improvisation zu Magnificat (1974), sopran, organ, pf, perc
•                    Dies Irae op 14 (1975), 12-part mixed choir, 2 TBarB, CB soli
•                    Ego sum panis vitae. Motett op 9 (1975), 8-part mixed choir, SATB soli & baryton-recit
•                    En meditativ visa (1977) Mz & pf
•                    Ett kyrie i vår tid. En liten kyrkoopera op 10 (1975), childrens choir, sopr solo,     rec & organ
•                    ”Fröjda dig…”, (2000), 8-part mixed choir, organ ad. lib.
•                    Improvisationsskisser över Ave maris stella (1978), 4 recit, 6 choirs, 2 perc  players, 2 org, tape
•                    Improviserad kanon op 6, childrens choir
•                    Inferno, Konzert f Solo-Horn, Drei Orchestergruppen, Tonbänder (1978-81)
•                    Magnificat (1974/75), SATB & 6 Bar soli, mixed choir, 4 recorders STTB, 2 tr,    2 trb, tu, batt, organ, pf
•                    Magnificat (2007) SSAATTBB
•                    Och allt som återstår är tystnad (1983/86), 16-part mixed choir, tape
•                    ”Sub speciae aeternitatis” (2007), piano, drums, string orchestra
•                    Tagebuch op 22 (1977) Mz, cor, pf, 4 vlc
•                    Tiden; Vision, Ensam. Tre sånger op 16:1-3 (1976), sopran & pf
•                    Under linden (1985), sopransolo & 8-part mixed choir
•                    Varför? op 15 (1975), 5-part treble choir
•                    Vår tids bön till Gud? op 5 (1974), children’s choir & boy soprao solo

Stage music
•                    Audite auditionem op 8 (1974), speaker (baryton), perc & organ
•                    Höga visan – en kyrkoopera (2004), soprano, baryton, percussion, organ, speaker.
•                    Neue Lübecker Totentanz (play by Hans Heny Jahn) - percussion, organ and tape (2009)