Sebastian Fagerlund has established himself as one of the most prominent European composers of his generation. Works by Fagerlund have been commissioned and performed by numerous major orchestras, outstanding conductors and musicians all over the world. His output spans opera to chamber and solo works, the most significant pieces being his operas and works for orchestra. A highly virtuosic instrumental feel and strong sense of musicianship is noticeable in all of his works, creating musical dramas in which powerful expression is combined with intensity and vivid communication, as well as an openness towards different musical traditions.
His principal works include the Clarinet Concerto (2006), after which his career properly took off. In 2011, he received the Teosto Prize for Ignite for symphony orchestra 2010). In 2016/17, Fagerlund was Composer in Residence at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Holland. His opera Höstsonaten (Autumn Sonata) was premiered in the Finnish National Opera’s 2017/18 season to great critical acclaim, in Finland and abroad. Since 2013 Fagerlund has been artistic director of the RUSK Chamber Music Festival in Jakobstad, Finland. Fagerlund’s music is available on record label BIS.
Tero Saarinen‘s Transit (2020) is set to Fagerlund’s trilogy Stonework (2015), Drifts (2016–17) and Water Atlas (2018).