Örjan Sandred is a Swedish composer and is currently an Associate Professor in Composition at the University of Manitoba in Canada where he founded Studio FLAT, a studio for computer music. He studied composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, McGill University (Montreal) and at IRCAM (Paris). Among his teachers are Sven-David Sandström, Pär Lindgren, Magnus Lindberg, Daniel Börtz, Lars-Erik Rosell, Bill Brunson and Bruce Mather.
In 1999 Sandred worked as a Composer on Research in the Musical Representation Team at IRCAM. His research aimed at formalizing rhythm using computerized rule-based systems (a sub-branch of artificial intelligence). Many of Sandred’s compositions are the result of his search for new methods of composition.
You will find music for many different ensemble types in Sandred’s catalogue: several pieces for symphony orchestra, a concerto for Wind Controller and symphony orchestra, chamber music, music with live electronics and electroacoustic music.
Sandred’s interest in new composition theories has associated him with international research groups. He is a member of the international musical research group PRISMA (Pedagogia e Ricerca Internazionale sui Sistemi Musicali Assistiti), an organization formed by composers and created inside the Centro Tempo Reale (Florence).
Sandred was teaching composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm between 1998 and 2005. In 2005 he moved to Canada to start his current position at the University of Manitoba. He has been a guest lecturer at many universities and research centers, including IRCAM (Paris, France), Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris (Paris, France), the Bartok Seminar (Szombathely, Hungary), the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland), McGill University (Montreal, Canada), Harvard University (Cambridge, USA) and other places. Sandred’s music is performed worldwide.