Works performed by Earplay:

Chains and Transparency

Mika Pelo, born in Stockholm 1971, composed music for films and commercials for several years after graduating from Stockholm's Upper Secondary Music School. The encounter with professor Sven-David Sandström at a course for film music became a turning point for Mika, and in 1996 he started his studies in composition for Sandström at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. In 2000 he began his studies in composition for his postgraduate diploma at the same school with professors Pär Lindgren and Bent Sørensen. Mika has also taken part in master classes held by Magnus Lindberg and Peter Eövös and studied electro acoustic composition for Bill Brunson.

Mika's music has been played at several Young Nordic Music festivals, most recently in Reykjavik, Iceland, where his string quartet Misty was premiered. In 2000 his work Apparition for string orchestra was nominated for the prestigious Gaudeamus prize in Holland. The same work was also performed in New York earlier this season, marking the premier of Mika’s music in the USA. Apparition was also taken on a Nordic tour by string orchestra Musica Vitae earlier this spring.

Mika will conclude his diploma studies with his Violin Concerto, which will be performed by violinist Cecilia Zilliacus and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Berwaldhallen, May 2003. After that Mika will take part in a one-month course in composition and computer music at IRCAM in Paris.

[from program for May 19, 2003 concert]