Prof. Örjan Sandred

In the Faculty:


Professor of Composition

Director of Studio FLAT


Teaching activities:  


Electro-Acoustic Music

Interactive Computer Music

Computer Assisted Composition


Committee Member:

Appeals and Student Discipline Committee (chair)


Room Tache 219, (204) 474-9721,


Personal Website:


Professional Bio:


Örjan Sandred moved to Winnipeg from Stockholm, Sweden to join the music faculty at the University of Manitoba in 2005. He studied Musicology at the Uppsala University and Composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He also took private lessons in Copenhagen and London with Poul Ruders, and studied composition at McGill University as an exchange student for one year (Master’s program).  In 1998 he attended the annual course in composition and musical computing at IRCAM in Paris. Previous to his current position he was teaching composition and electro-acoustic music at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm 1998-2005.


Sandred has established himself as a composer of both instrumental and computer music. He has composed music for both Canadian performers, such as the Harrington/Loewen Duo (Ice Fog for saxophone, piano and live electronics) and Oleg Pokhanovski (Sundogs for violin and live electronics), as well as received international commissions from for example Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris (Cracks and Corrosion I for piano quintet) and the Swedish Concert Institute (Whirl of Leaves for flute and harp). He has also composed larger scale works, for example Magma for symphony orchestra (for the Swedish Radio Orchestra), Labyrinths in the Wind for Yamaha WX5 Wind Controller and symphony orchestra, and Lament for Humanity (both commissioned by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra).


Sandred’s music is performed worldwide. Recent performances include the premiere of Konzert für Konzerthaus for the Wave Field Synthesis loudspeaker system at the Detmold concert hall in Germany, and venues such as the Nordic Music Days in Helsinki and the Shanghai Electronic Music Week. Currently he is working on a new commission from the Canada Council for the Arts for soprano Sarah Jo Kirsch, and a new string quartet commissioned by the Quatuor Leonis in Paris, France.


Many of Sandred's pieces are results of his search for new methods of composition. During 1999 he worked as a Composer on Research in the Musical Representation Team at IRCAM. He has a particular interest in Rule-based Computer Assisted Composition techniques, and he has published several articles on the outcome of his ongoing research (for example in Computer Music Journal and Contemporary Music Review). With the financial support from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and the Manitoba Research and Innovation Fund, he founded a studio for computer music research and production at the University of Manitoba, Studio FLAT, in 2009.


Sandred is a frequent guest lecturer around the world. He has given seminars at Harvard University, at Columbia University, at the University of California at Berkeley and Davis, at McGill University in Montreal, at Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris, at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, at the Bartok Seminar in Szombathely (Hungary), at Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research at the University of Plymouth and other places. During the spring 2016 he was a DAAD visiting professor at the Musikhochschule in Detmold, Germany.


Sandred's music is available on the CD "Cracks and Corrosion", released on the Navona lable in 2009.