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Anders Hultqvist


Anders Hultqvist
Professor , Deputy Head
+46 31 786 4252

Room number: 6202
Postal Address: Box 210, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Fågelsången 1 , 41256 Göteborg

Academy of Music & Drama (More Information)
Box 210
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Fågelsången 1 , 412 56 Göteborg

About Anders Hultqvist

Anders Hultqvist is Professor of Composition and Contemporary Art music, and Vice-prefekt of Research at the Academy of Music and Drama.

I’m working on the research project At the conceptual limits of composition. A shrinking emptiness – meaning, chaos and entropy. The project explores topics concerning the artistic creation of meaning in musical and literary composition. The investigations are based around some of the musical, literary, informational and cognitive conditions for artistic work.

I have also for some years been working as a co-editor, and part of the group that organizes the new publication and research platform PARSE (Platform for Artistic Research Sweden), at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg. The work began in 2013 and has led to an international biannual conference and a publication on artistic and other related research. See

As a composer
I have composed and staged works for Orchestra, Soli with Orchestra, Choir, different Chamber music constellations, Sound installations, Music drama, Electroacoustic works, as well as Film- and Theatre music. During 2005 I was, among other things, Composer in residence at COMA – Contemporary Music and Artists, Växjö/Musik i Syd. The CD Traces (ruins...) came out as an artistic result in connection to this position.

A major orchestral project resulted in the staging of two new settings of Beethoven's 5th Symphony and "Albinoni's" Adagio with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Stefan Östersjö and Andrew Manze, and a recent sound installation Invisible Sounds was set up in connection with the GAS-festival in Oct-16
Some of my more recent chamber music works include Entropic Pleasures (2015) and E.P. version 2 (2016), composed for Ensemble Mimitabu and Disembodied (2012), written for KammarensembleN.

More research
The two projects Transmission, Urban experiments in sound art and sonic space and Into noise were both financed by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) 2005-2011, and were operated by the research group USIT – The Urban Sound Institute. Transmission is presented in the yearbook published by Vetenskapsrådet 2007. (See also for more info around the project’s different exhibitions in Stockholm, Lund, Paris, Härnösand and Copenhagen.)
Within the USIT group we also co-organized an international conference containing workshops on sound and sounding rooms which was held at Aarhus University 2010 – “The meeting takes a broad approach to sound studies and auditory culture - sound as art, sound as culture, sound as theory and history.”

Towards an expanded field of Art Music was a three-year VR-funded research project around the work-concept and our tradition surrounding musical interpretation. The project is presented in VR’s yearbook 2014. See also article in JAR (Journal for artistic research); ”Who creates the creator” – and the limits of interpretation?

I have mainly worked as a freelance composer and adj. Professor and Senior Lecturer at the School of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg – as a teacher and supervisor (BA, MA, PhD) and director of various educational programs – as well as an artistic researcher.
I have a PhD in Musicology, artistic-creative track, from the University of Gothenburg. The thesis deals with different topics around musical composition and its artistic, philosophical, cognitive and social context.

Latest publications

Om strukturell glömska – Tre sätt att läsa 'alfabet' [av Inger Christensen]
Anders Hultqvist
Aiolos – Tidskrift för litteratur, teori och estetik, Nr 64-65, 2019: Inger Christensen, Magazine article 2019
Magazine article

Invisible Sounds in a Nested Ecological space
Anders Hultqvist, Stefan Östersjö
Seismograf #22, Sonic Argumentation 1, Journal article 2019
Journal article

A Shrinking Emptiness
Anders Hultqvist
Atalante, GAS-festivalen 2/10, 2018., Artwork 2018

Invisible Sounds Audio Paper
Anders Hultqvist, Stefan Östersjö
Conference title: The Audio Paper: a novel academic practice, Conference paper 2017
Conference paper

At the conceptual limits of composition/Invisible Sounds
Anders Hultqvist
Norwegian Artistic Research Forum, Fredrikstad, Conference paper 2017
Conference paper

MUSIKERNS KUNSKAPANDE - Musicians knowledge: Multilayered knowledging through artistic research
Anders Hultqvist, Ole Lützow-Holm, Stefan Östersjö, Jakob Riis
Presentation at the Swedish Research Councils (VR) Symposium, Stockholm 29 Nov. 2017 and at the Camino Events in Venice 16 June 2017 organized by UniArts Helsinki., Conference paper 2017
Conference paper

Parse Journal - Speculation
David Beech, Anders Hultqvist, Valerie Pihet
Parse Journal - Speculation, Journal issue 2017
Journal issue

Anders Hultqvist, David Beech, Valerie Pihet
Parse Journal - Speculation, Editorial letter 2017
Editorial letter

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Entropic Pleasures - Delineations (a), version two
Anders Hultqvist
Konsert på Kulturhuset Stockholm inom ramen för festivalen Sound of Stockholm 2016, Artwork 2016

Invisible Sounds
Anders Hultqvist
Sound installation/ workshop at the GAS-festival Gothenburg 22/10 2016, Artwork 2016

Vad gör tonsättare?
Anders Hultqvist
Vad gör tonsättare?, Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution



Sound and other spaces
Catharina Dyrssen, Anders Hultqvist, Staffan Mossenmark, Per Sjösten
Göteborg, Bo Ejeby Förlag, Book 2014

Ljud och andra rum
Catharina Dyrssen, Anders Hultqvist, Staffan Mossenmark, Per Sjösten
Göteborg, Bo Ejeby Förlag, Book 2014


Komposition. Trädgården – som förgrenar sig
Anders Hultqvist
Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Doctoral thesis 2013
Doctoral thesis


The Sound Labyrinth Project: Catalyst for Creative Activity
Catharina Dyrssen, Anders Hultqvist, Staffan Mossenmark, Per Sjösten, Björn Hellström
Interference: A Journal of Audioculture, Journal article 2012
Journal article

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