Anders Hultqvist is a Composer, Sound artist, Phd and Professor of Composition at the Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg. Besides writing for different Orchestral-, Chamber music-, Electroacoustic and Sound art settings, he has since 2005 been involved in different artistic research projects concerning musical interpretation and sound in city spaces. He has a PhD in Musicology, artistic-creative track, from the University of Gothenburg. The thesis deals with different topics around musical composition and its artistic, philosophical, cognitive and social context. He was also one of the founders of the GAS-festival (Göteborg Art Sounds) and also served as its director during the period 1998-2004.

Currently he is working on the research project At the conceptual limits of composition. A shrinking emptiness – meaning, chaos and entropy. The project explores topics concerning the artistic creation of meaning in musical and literary composition. The investigations are based around some of the musical, literary, informational and cognitive conditions for artistic work.

He also works as an editor and part of the working group that organizes the new publication and research platform PARSE (Platform for Artistic Research Sweden), at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg. The work began in 2013 and the aim is an international biannual conference and a publication on artistic and other related research. See also

As a composer he has composed and staged works for Orchestra, Soli with Orchestra, Choir, different Chamber music constellations, Sound installations, Music drama, Electroacoustic works, as well as Film- and Theatre music. During 2005 he was, among other things, Composer in residence at COMA – Contemporary Music and Artists, Växjö/Musik i Syd. The CD Traces (ruins...) came out as an artistic result in connection to this position.


The most recent orchestral project resulted in the staging of two new settings of Beethoven's 5th Symphony and "Albinoni's" Adagio with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Stefan Östersjö and Andrew Manze.The work Time and the Bell was awarded third prize at the Nordic Composition Competition in Gothenburg in 1989, and in 1995 Hultqvist was awarded the smaller Christ Johnson Prize by the Royal Swedish Academy for that same work. The piece has since then been played by many different orchestras worldwide. Among others the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra during the MAGMA festival in the Berliner Philharmonie, and in New York with the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. But also by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra on tour to Umeå and Kiruna, as well by the Symphony orchestras in Hong Kong and Seoul.

Two recent chamber music works are Entropic Pleasures composed for Ens. Mimitabu and Disembodied written for KammarensembleN in Stockholm.

The research projects Transmission, Urban experiments in sound art and sonic space and Into noise were both financed by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) 2005-2011, and were operated by the research group USIT – The Urban Sound Institute. Transmission was, among other places, presented in the yearbook published by Vetenskapsrådet 2007. See also for more info around the project’s different exhibitions in Stockholm, Lund, Paris, Härnösand and Copenhagen.

Towards an expanded field of Art Music was a three-year VR-funded research project around the work-concept and our tradition surrounding musical interpretation. The project was presented in VR’s yearbook of 2014. See article in JAR (Journal for artistic research); ”Who creates the creator” – and the limits of interpretation?


Ljud och andra rum/ Sound and other spaces
Sound and Other Spaces is a book about urban sound environments, sound art, acoustic space and spatial aspects of sound.

Var finns verket?
Publicerad i boken "Musikens frihet och begränsning, 16 variationer över ett tema". Ingår i beskrivningarna av foskningsprojektet "Mot ett konstmusikens utvidgade fält".

"Who creates the creator" - and the limits of interpretation?
In this presentation I discuss some associative thoughts and preliminary results arising in connection with the production of the new stage-settings of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and Albinoni's 'Adagio'. Published in JAR - Journal of Artistic Research issue 0.

Dissertation e-publishing
KOMPOSITION, Trädgården - som förgrenar sig


Johan Wingborg/ Göteborgs Universitet

Emma Hultqvist

Emma Hultqvist