Ulf Grahn (b. 1942) studied composition with Hans Eklund, Violin and Viola with Rudolf Forsberg and Piano with Herbert Westrell. He holds degrees from Stockholm’s Musikpedagogiska Institut and the Catholic University of America. He has also studied Business Administration, Economics and Development Studies at The Universities of Lund andUppsala, Sweden. In 1973 he founded the Contemporary Music Forum, in Washington, D.C. and served as its Program Director until 1984. During 1988-90 he was Artistic and Managing Director of the Music at Lake Siljan Festival, Sweden. Prior to this he was on the faculty of George Washington University and Director of its Electronic Music Studio other teaching positions include Catholic University of America and Northern Virginia Community College.
His commissions include Library of Congress’s Mac Kim Fund, Stockholm Philharmonic, Stockholm School Board, Nationwide Concerts Sweden, Swedish Broadcasting Corporation, George Washington University, Contemporary Music Forum, Levin School of Music, Musik i Södermanland and numerous individuals. He has received grants from Swedish government, Nationwide Concerts, Royal Academy of Music Sweden, STIM, FST,, Prizes,Awards and Residences include ASCAP standard awards, Composers’ Forum New York, Charles Ives Center for American Music, Individual Artists Award from State of Maryland, Composers’ Conference Johnson Vermont, Stockholm Organ Days,Chicago Musical College , University of North Dakota, Swedish Institute in Athens Greece, Jeuness Musical, and James Madison University, Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts, First prize in Stockholm International Organ Days, Musik i Dalarnas Carillon contest and second in Kil International Piano contest.