With a background in design, costume, fashion and scenography, I today work mainly within the field of contemporary classical music as a composer. Other than concert hall music, my work also includes music for film, theatre, dance and more, both internationally and in Sweden where I’m based. When opportunity is given, I’m very thankful for close collaborations with musicians or other artists.
Characteristics for my music are symbolism, humor and nostalgia and my aim is to describe states or tales with a hint of classical Swedish kitchen sink realism.
My work includes music for solo instruments, chamber ensembles and orchestra, to graphical scores and electroacoustic music.
For full repertoire, please visit https://www.ylvafred.com/repertoiree
Intoxicating air of perfect liberty - for fourteen strings (2019)
“...(an) erotic derangement that turns us all into voyeurs, a place filled with the intoxicating air of perfect liberty.”
– Peter S. Beagle on Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights”
Setting: 8 Violin, 3 Viola, 2 Violoncello, 1 Contrabass
Premiered by Musica Vitae, May 2019
A Four Walls Love Story - for Symphony Orchestra (2018)
An insane inner landscape in an imaginatively haunted apartment.
Setting: 2222-4231, perc 1, perc 2, timp, strings
Premiered by Gävle Symfoniorkester with Andreas Hanson June 2018. Later performed by KMH Symfoniorkester October 2018
PASSION - Diana Orving (2017)
Collaboration with fashion designer Diana Orving. Premiered at Stockholm Fashion Week, Grand Hôtel Spegelsalen September 2017, with musicians Anna Petrini, Klara Hellgren, Karin Hellqvist, Magdalena Meitzner and Sabina Sandri Olsson.
Kapitel I - for Mezzosoprano (2016)
Lyrics by Elfriede Jelinek and Bob Dylan, with editing by Ylva Fred.
An interpretation of 2016 years nobel prize in literature.
Commissioned by The Nobel Centre / KMH with collaboration with The Royal Opera College. Premiered at the day of the ceremony at the Nobel Museum by Emma Sventelius and later performed by Lovisa Huledal and Maja Frydèn.