Cecilia Martin-Löf, Conductor


Cecilia Martin-Löf,
born 1974



June 1993  Graduation at Kristofferskolan, Bromma, Stockholm

1994  Studies in Latin and Musicology

Jan-June 1995  special course in folklore singing at Malungs Folkhögskola

1995-1997  preparing education at Ingesund College of Music, Sweden (Musikhögskolan Ingesund), main instrument: piano

1997-1999:  “IE” education at Musikhögskolan Ingesund; main instrument piano and orchestral conducting (not finished)

1999-2002  exam of “IEKör” choral/singing teacher at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (Kungliga Musikhögskolan). 

Written exam: Girl´s and Boys´ voices, is there a difference?

Exam concert: Orff: Trionfo di Afrodite, for big orchestra, soloists and choir.

2003-2006  Diploma education in choral conducting at The Royal College of Music in Stockholm.

Diploma concert: 

Bo Holten:  Regn og Rusk og rosenbusk

Gustav Mahler:  Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen

Excerpts from Folke Rabe: To Love

Excerpts from Buxtehude:  Membra Jesu Nostri

Benjamin Britten:  Serenade for solo tenor, solo horn and strings.

Francis Poulenc:  Figure Humaine

Other subjects studied at university: Italin and phonetics.

2014 - Orchestra conducting at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm


Example of other courses/masterclasses:

1998  Visiting classes in summer academy of choral conducting organized by Sveriges Körförbund with Eric Ericson, Cecilia Rydinger Alin and others.

2001  European Academy for Young Choral Conductors in Cork, Ireland with Georg Grün

2000 and 2001  member of the European Youth Choir

2005  Kurt Thomas Cursus in Utrecht, The Netherlands with Erik van Nevel, Daan Admiral and others.

2010  Masterclass Simon Halsey and Rundfunkchor Berlin


Concert in Lund 2019 


Employments as teacher:

Choral conducting at Stockholms Musikpedagogiska Institut

Choral conducting at Lund University

Choral conducting at Malmö academy of Music

Summer courses at Swedish choral society 2012, 2013

Masterclasses for church musicians in Sweden

Private students through the years.



Member of the Europa Cantat Youth Committee 2003-2006 

Currently member of Europa Cantat Music comission

Organizer of the European Academy for Young Choral Conductors, (twice) when it took place in Sweden. 



Fluent in Swedish, English, German

Written also French and Italian

Passive latin


Magnolia Lund University Employments as conductor:

1998-2002  Conductor of Norrlands Nations Kör, Uppsala. A student choir of medium level. 

2002/2003  Conductor of the girls’ choirs of Uppsala Cathedral

2002-2007  Conductor of KFUMs Kammarkör (YMCA Chamber Choir) in Stockholm. (www.kfumskammarkor.nu)

2001-2008  Chorus master at the Symphonic Choir of Gävle, 

2006  Conductor of international singing week in Berlin, Germany (Carsten Schultze)

2006  guest conductor, open singing at Europa Cantat festival in Mainz, Germany

2006  guest conductor at Male Choir Festival, Kapris in Uppsala

2006-2007  Temporary post as choral conductor at parish Gävle Heliga Trefaldighet 

2007   rehearsing with Swedish Radio Choir (Brahms, Schumann)

2007  choral director at Odeum, Lund University

2008  work with Gothenburg Symphonic Choir

2008-2013  rehearsing with Danish Radio Choir and Vocal Ensemble (Händel, Vivaldi, Orff, Brahms)

2010  guest conductor/lecturer in Trento, Italy

2011  guest conductor/lecturer with Kammerchor Rhein-Neckar

2011-2012  Chief Conductor at DR Pigekoret, Copenhagen

2012  Conductor Landesjugendchor Baden-Würtemberg

2012-2014  Boys Choir of Lund Cathedral 

2015  Concerts with Danish Radio Concert choir

2015  Swedish national youth choir

2016  Workshop holder at Europa Cantat festival, Pecs


Other choral engagements, examples:

Vokalwerk Berlin

Kungliga Musikhögskolans Kammarkör, Kungliga Musikhögskolans Vokalensemble, Akademiska Kören Stockholm

Uppsala Akademiska Kammarkör, Allmänna Sången, Uppsala Vokalensemble

Kammerkoret Camerata Copenhagen,

Sandvikens Vokalensemble


Ensembles founded:

ReChoired, mixed chamber choir in Stockholm

Eurydice Pigor, female choir in Uppsala

Boys Choir of Gävle Heliga Trefaldighet

Cor, mixed vocal ensemble in Uppsala

Östra Aros Manskör, male ensemble in Uppsala

Ensemble Stringent, string orchestra in Stockholm

Palaestra Vocal Ensemble  - mixed vocal ensemble in Lund


Examples of performed repertoire:

Choir a cappella, or with organ/few instruments:

Bach:  Motets

Brahms:  Warum op 74:1, 5 Gesänge, 3 Gesänge, Gestliches Lied etc

Britten:  Missa Brevis, Rejoice in the Lamb, Hymn to St Cecilia, A ceremony of Carols etc

Martin:  Cantus Missae for two Choirs

Mäntyjärvi:  Shakespeare Songs, Caniticum Calamitatis Maritimae

Poulenc:  Un soir du Neige, Mass in G, Figure Humaine

Pärt:  Magnificat

Rheinberger:  Mass in E flat for two Choirs 

Rachmaninov:  Vigilia

Rautavaara:  Die erste Elegie, Suite de Lorca

Schnittke:  Concerto for Choir

And more;  Tallis, Lasso, Sweelinck, Pizzetti, Petrassi, Dallapiccola, Auric, Debussy, Ravel, Barber, Schumann etc.


Many pieces for choir a cappella by Swedish composers such as Peterson-Berger, Stenhammar, Lindblad, Wikander and others of the Swedish national romantics, modern scandinavian pieces by P-G Petersson, M Sköld, K Nystedt, S Berg, J ersild, B Holten, Jennefelt, Sandström, Edlund, Mellnäs etc.


Choir and orchestra, examples

Bach:  St John Passion, St Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio

Brahms:  Ein deutsches Requiem

Bruckner:  Mass e-minor 

Buxtehude:  Membra Jesu Nostri

Charpentier:  Messe de Minuit

Dobrogosz:  Te Deum for mixed choir and string orchestra. 

Duruflé:  Requiem 

Fauré:  Requiem

Gefors:  Music for Lund university 350 years

Lancen:  Mass for choir and symphonic wind orchestra

Larsson:  God in Disguise 

Orff:  Carmina Burana, Trionfo di Afrodite

Respighi:  Lauda per la Nativita del Signore

Saint-Saëns:  Christmas Oratorio

Schubert:  Mass in G

Schütz:  Christmas Oratorio

Vaughan-Williams:  Dona Nobis Pacem


See a presentation of Cecilia Martin-Löf, Wikipedia (text in Swedish)