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Artist bio

1) Magnus Lindberg (born June 27, 1958) is a Finnish composer.

Lindberg was born in Helsinki. He studied music at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki under Einojuhani Rautavaara and Paavo Heininen, graduating in 1981. He attended summer courses in Siena (with Franco Donatoni) and Darmstadt (with Brian Ferneyhough) and private studies in Paris with Vinko Globokar and Gérard Grisey.

Quintetto dell’Estate (1979) is generally held to be Lindberg's first opus. His first great breakthrough came with Action-Situation-Signification (1982), the first work in explored musique concrète. This piece was written for and premiered by the new-music ensemble Toimii (It Works in the Finnish language), which Lindberg founded during the summer of 1980. Lindberg is a trained pianist and has performed several of his works as part of Toimii. Read more


Kraft (1983-85), another piece written for Toimii, was Lindberg's greatest work to date, with over 70 harmonies and a meter-high score. It uses not only traditional instrumentation, but percussion on scrap metal and spoken word. Lindberg found this large work difficult to follow, and with the exception of 1986's Ur, he entered an extensive creative hiatus.

After two years, Lindberg returned with an orchestral trilogy consisting of Kinetics (1988), Marea (1989-90) and Joy (1990). These inaugurated a new style in which emphasis was placed on well-managed harmonic structure. Though Lindberg became less interested in electronic manipulation of sound, he still explored the possibilities of compositional software, and Engine displays complex counterpoint generated by computer.

Among the prizes his music has won are the Prix Italia (1986), the UNESCO Rostrum (1986), the Nordic Music Prize (1988) and the Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for large-scale composition (1992).

2) Magnus Lindberg (born 1952 in Eskilstuna) is a Swedish singer. The first album, called "Magnus Lindberg" is from 1976. Up to 2006 he has made 11 records (two of them collections) and he is a member of the band Grymlings (three albums). Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.