Gos, premiered by Elísabet Einarsdóttir and Elektra Ensemble
Jónas Sen, Fréttablaðið, 30 January 2016
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"The final piece on the programme was on the other hand powerful. It was so funny that one was rolling with laughter. The music was entertainingly vivid and successfully conveyed the woman's emotions to the audience. It was visual and dramatic, as well as light and playful. This was amazing."
Flimmer, premiered by ensemble recherche, Freiburg
Gero Schreier, Badische Zeitung, 24 September 2013
"Petter Ekman, among the youngest composers of the evening, represented a consilidated idiom with a strong will to express. Ekman's Flimmer impressed with conciousness in a relatively short playing duration."
al coda, premiered by Symphony Orchestra Norrköping
Molly Teleman, Norrköpings Tidningar, 31 May 2013
"Petter Ekman had the courage to use silence as a device.Aftermaths, sighs of music, between rests. Al coda is the piece following the great romantic piece - the piece he will never compose. (...) a name I would like to hear more from."
Röda Rummet, premiered by Caput, Reykjvavik
Jónas Sen, Fréttablaðið, 6 January 2013
"Röda Rummet, four songs from Strindberg's novel, were again influential. The music was by Petter Ekman and Elísabet Einarsdóttir sang beautifully."
Petter Ekman, born 1989 in Gothenburg, Sweden, started early to compose music. After studying music at Hvitfeldtska Gymnasiet in Gothenburg, he studied for Per Mårtensson at the Gotland School for Composers. Later, he studied composition for Atli Ingólfsson at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and for Gabriele Manca at Conservatorio ”G.Verdi”, Milan, Italy. Most recently he studied for Karin Rehnqvist and Hans Gefors at the Swedish Royal College of Music, Stockholm.
Initially focusing on instrumental music, in recent years he has shifted some of his energy to vocal and dramatic music. He has collaborated with and written music for, among others, Ensemble Recherche (DE), Swedish Radio Choir (SE), Caput Ensemble (IS), Symphony Orchestra Norrköping (SE), Stockholm Opera College (SE), Kolbeinn Bjarnason (IS), TAK ensemble (US) Podium Festival Iceland (IS), Gotlandsmusiken (SE), Elektra Ensemble (IS) and Nordic Chamber Soloists (SE/IS/DK/NO). Also, he is a long time collaborator of soprano Elísabet Einarsdóttir who has premiered many of Petterʼs pieces.