In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Robert Sund.
Robert Sund is a distinguished Swedish composer and conductor. He was for many years artistic director and conductor of the mixed choir Allmanna Sången and the male choir Orphei Drängar (OD) and founded and was the leader of both the women`s choir La Cappella and the youth choir Uppsala Musikskolas Kammarkor. Since 2004 he has also directed the Robert Sund Chamber Choir and for 17 years he has been teaching conducting and ensemble leadership at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. In 2003 Robert Sund was awarded an honorary stipend from the Municipality of Uppsala and also the Peter Cornelius Plaque in Mainz. In 2004 he received the King’s Medal of the 8th Magnitude with a bright blue ribbon for valuable service as director of the male choir Orphei Drängar. In 2008 he was awarded the Gustaf Adolf Medal in gold from Uppsala University for his important achievements as a choir leader, music creator, and developer of choir traditions by the University of Uppsala. In 1993, Robert Sund was named Conductor of the Year by the Föreningen Sveriges Korledare (Association of Swedish Choir masters). His choral music is based on sacred and secular themes and texts and is well-known throughout the world.
Suggested Choral Pieces:
- La Cucaracha (Gehrmans Musikforlag GH.GE-11624)
- Ave Maria (Schott Music C 55131 Q19822)
- Magpie’s Dance (Walton Music WGK102)