Fabian Svensson

Welcome to the website of composer Fabian Svensson.

Fabian’s music has been described by the New York Times as “dazzling” and by the Los Angeles Times as “an odd merger of Bartók and Radiohead.” He strives to create works integrating such seemingly disparate qualities as incessant energy, austere beauty, and wry humour. Unusual instrumentations are a recurring feature of his music.


Five Obsessive Movements Premieres in Reykjavík

[Oct 2022] Once again, Fabian’s music will be performed at the Nordic Music Days festival, which this year takes place in Reykjavík, Iceland. Fabian has written a work especially for the festival, called Five Obsessive Movements and scored for melodica, toy piano and string quartet. It will be premiered at a concert at Gamla Bió on October 12th by Siggi String Quartet, with guests Ásthildur Ákadóttir and Erna Vala Arnardóttir.
Festival website

Grunt Work Premieres in Hamburg

[Jan 2022] For the fourth time, Fabian is collaborating with the Non-Piano/Toy Piano Weekend. This year, the German festival has commissioned a solo piece from him. The result is Grunt Work, for a single performer playing both the piano and the toy piano, as well as using her voice. The piece will be premiered by Jennifer Hymer on January 13th at Hamburg’s Resonanzraum.
Festival website

Clip Clop published by Black Dot Press

[Dec 2021] Fabian’s 2019 piece Clip Clop, for 3 stylophones, toy piano, bass melodica and percussion, has been published by the London-based independent publishing company Black Dot Press. This is the result of the piece being chosen as one of the winners of a Call for Scores held by the publisher. The published score can now be bought directly from the website of Black Dot Press in both physical and digital formats.
Publisher website

Selected for the Nordic Music Days Festival

[Sep 2021] Fabian’s piece Symphonies of Toy Instruments has been selected for the 2021 Nordic Music Days Festival in Torshávn, the Faroe Islands. Nordic Music Days is a festival that has been around in different forms ever since 1888, always presenting the latest in northern European contemporary music. (Fabian’s Toy Toccata was featured in the 2012 edition of the festival, which took place in Stockholm.) This year marks the first time that the festival is held in the beautiful Faroe Islands.
Festival website