Andrea Tarrodi, born in 1981, is a Swedish composer based in Stockholm. She started playing the piano at the age of 8, and became interested in composition shortly thereafter. Tarrodi studied composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Conservatorio di Musica di Perugia, Italy, and the College of Music in Piteå with, among other teachers, Jan Sandström, Pär Lindgren, Fabio Cifariello-Ciardi, Jesper Nordin and Marie Samuelsson. She completed her master’s degree in composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm in 2009.
In 2010, Tarrodi’s piece Zephyros for orchestra received 1st prize in the Uppsala Composition Competition, which led to several performances of the piece by different orchestras around the world. During 2011-2013 she was Sveriges Radio (Radio Sweden) P2’s composer-in-residence. In spring 2012 she was appointed “Composer of the Spring Season” in the Berwald Concert Hall. In that same year, Tarrodi received the Swedish MPA’s Classical Music Award of the Year–Chamber Music for her piece Empíreo for strings, harp and percussion. During 2013-2014 Tarrodi was the Västerå composer-in-residence. In 2015 she received the Carin Malmlöf-Forssling Award.
Tarrodi writes for many types of ensembles, and is particularly interested in vocal and orchestral music. Her works have been performed in many different countries such as the USA, Germany, Austria, France, the UK, Norway, Iceland, Serbia, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Mexico, Japan, China, Australia, and South Africa. As well, her music has been represented at the Baltic Sea Festival. In 2017 her piece Liguria was performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at the BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, conducted by Sakari Oramo. In 2018, Andrea Tarrodi is the featured composer of the Composer Weekend of the Stockholm Concert Hall with the Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Tarrodi makes her Festival debut with the U.S. premiere Liguria on Saturday, August 11, during Notes from a Journey.
Photo by by Louisa Sundell