B i o g r a p h y
"Jonathan Ostlund possesses a special sense for melodies and a completely natural
understanding of musical form, composing warm and sincere music."
"I really like the music you write, with both dramatic and lyric character, showing
a refined compositional technique with a fresh sense for the harmonic and melodic."
[Composer and Professor of Composition at the Malmö Academy of Music, Sweden]
"I like Jonathan's music! It is very melodic, and has a fascinating harmonic structure, with featured of Romanticism and vivid imagery. At the same time, it is created in a modern language, and has a clear form. His cello works are beautifully written, very professionally, with brilliant knowledge of the specifics of the instrument. It is interesting and pleasant to perform them, and the instrumental techniques used require high skills from the cellist. Jonathan's music finds a lively response from the listener!"
Prof. Alexander Zagorinsky
Hon. Artist of Russia]
"I think you have written an amazing piece!"
(on ‘A Northern Symphony’/ Silver Cathedral)
Quatuor Enesco, Art. Dir. of Kuhmo Festival, Finland]
"Jonathan Ostlund's music has this rare emotional freshness, which I really appreciate in music. His style gives us performers a lot of ways for searching colours, timbres, images, all that we call 'interpretation'. Jonathan is a very kind and open person, I am happy to know him!"
"I find Jonathan Ostlund’s music very beautiful!"
"Jonathan Ostlund - a musical poet... Jonathan has the great skill to put poetry into his compositions. For me he is a musical storyteller. High level compositions with soul and heart. I hope the world will hear a lot of his music."
"It is great! To me it reflects the fast movements of the doves’ wings flying into the sunshine."
[on ‘Air dans l’Air’]
"It’s a Masterpiece!"
[on ‘Rêve et Lune’]
"C'est avec un immense plaisir que j'ai collaboré avec Jonathan Ostlund dans le projet inédit "Lumières" au Cadogan Hall de Londres.
Ses compositions montrent une grande maturité musicale tant dans le maniement de la mélodie et la subtilité de l'harmonie que dans l'aisance à manier différents styles et techniques. C'est un compositeur unique qui fait déjà partie des Grands."
[Concert Pianist, Producer]
Jonathan Ostlund received his BA and MA in Composition at Lulea University of Technology,
Sweden, and has studied under the artistic guidance of Prof. Rolf Martinsson, Prof. Jan Sandstrom
and Prof. Sverker Jullander, so far completing approx. 90 works, including several orchestral pieces
and a two Violin Concerto works.
He was selected to participate with several works in London Schubert Players' Invitation to Composers project; an international composition competition, which resulted in CD-releases, work publications and public performances in the U.K., France and Romania throughout 2010 and 2011.
In 2012 he was Finalist of the Oslo Grieg Festival and won the Public Choice Award with the Sonata
for Cello & Piano; 'Night-struck', premiered by Alexander Zagorinsky and Einar Steen-Nokleberg, and was awarded First Prize in the Leicester Symphony Orchestra Composer Composition with his 'Celebration Fanfare & Procession', which was premiered during the Orchestra's 90th Season Gala.
In 2013 ‘Lumière d’Étoiles’, written in honour of the Silvestri Centenary, received a WP in the U.K.
and a French Premiere, along with 'Rêve et Lune'. That same year he was selected as Finalist in the Composer Competition of the Festival Mondial De L'Image Sous-Marine.
The year 2014 brought the music of Jonathan Ostlund to the Cadogan Hall stage with 'Lumieres',
a rich programme incorporating 10 of his pieces, in various constellations for flute, piano and
string quartet, under the interpretation of Eleonore Pameijer, Blandine Waldmann and the Cellini Quartet. That same year, ‘Night-struck’ received a Russian premiere by Alexander Zagorinsky and
Einar Steen-Nøkleberg during the Moscow International Contemporary Music Autumn Festival.
In 2015, Jonathan Östlund was a winner in the IBLA Grand Prize in the category 'Most Distinguished Musician' and received a Special Mention for his piece 'Ethereal Night's Ascendance' for Symphony Orchestra.
Jonathan's first double CD album, "Lunaris", presenting 31 tracks of his chamber music works, is released by Divine Art label in 2016 to critical acclaim, year in which his piece 'Winter Cathedral' for Grand Organ is premiered during the LFCCM at St.Pancras Church, in London, and his piece 'Lune d'Éte', commissioned by the La Côte Flûte Festival, is premiered by Vega Ensemble in Switzerland.
In 2017 Marilina Tzelepi premieres in Athens, Greece, Östlund's Piano Concertino 'Silver Cathedral', with Faidra Giannelou conducting OperArtLab & Chamber Symphony Orchestra, and, together with Yannis Kaikis, as part of Duo Anasa, Östlund's 'Sonata in Blue' for Trombone and Piano.
Yury Revich and Matthieu Esnult premiere 'Minuit et Mistrale' in Vienna, Austria.
The double album "Voyages" [released in 2019 as a digital album first, and then also as a physical album], presents 38 tracks of Jonathan's new chamber and orchestral works, including works for Grand Organ, and works for Voice; Press Release | Palette of Previews | Info & Purchase
Jonathan's third album, "Mistral", is released in Jan. 2020; this album features his 1st 'Concerto for Violin & Symphony Orchestra', and 'Nocturnia – Ethereal Night’s Ascendance' [Mixed Choir, Piano Obligato and Symphony Orchestra], among other mesmerizing works.
In the Autumn of 2020, he releases his fourth album, the double CD "Imago", as a Special Creative Project presented by Miss Flute, Switzerland featuring top international artists, in recordings from UK, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Russia, and Canada.
He is currently preparing new commissioned works, along with premieres and recordings, including the World Premieres of his two Concertos for Violin & Symphony Orchestra.
Jonathan Östlund is delighted to be part of the artistic program of Meze Audio;
for further info & updates with regards to this special ongoing collaboration please view
the Collaborations page.
CD releases featuring works by Jonathan Ostlund:
* (2020) 'Imago'; Miss Flute - Special Creative Projects
* (2020) 'Mistral'; Divine Art
* (2019) 'Voyages'; Divine Art
* (2019) 'The Stair'; Walter Gatti
* (2016) 'Lunaris'; Divine Art
* (2012) 'A European Odyssey'; Nimbus
* (2011) 'Enescu's Farewell'; RMA
* (2011) 'The Trout, the Nightingale and the Double Bass'; RMA
* (2010) 'The Outermost Gate'; RMA
Special Thanks to:
* Vis Novum
* Alexander Volkov; State House of Broadcasting and Audio Recording, Moscow, Russia
* Evgheny Brakhman
* London Schubert Players, Invitation to Composers
Photo of Jonathan Östlund
© Evelyne Bologa Cimoca