composer/songwriter/pianist (1956 USA)
Steve Dobrogosz grew up in the American south (Raleigh, NC) where his training as a classical pianist paralleled his fascination with popular music. After moving to Stockholm in '78 he became part of Scandinavia's jazz scene as both pianist and composer. His 1982 duo album "Fairy Tales" with Norwegian singer Radka Toneff is widely regarded as a classic. The Gothenburg Post compared his music to Gershwin and Porter, writing "Dobrogosz's songs are melodic masterpieces, with a harmonic sophistication seldom found in music today."
In the 90s Dobrogosz shifted focus to notated composition and his reputation grew as a modern representative of tonal lyricism. His first major choral work Mass (1992) has now been performed in over 40 countries. Dobrogosz's oeuvre includes over 1000 compositions in a broad spectrum of genres. His duo recordings with Anna Christoffersson received two Swedish Grammy nominations.
of the most captivating works for choir to be heard in a long time...
while listening, one is repeatedly struck by just how beautiful this is"
has to be the best songwriter in the country. Few others have such complete
command of melody.... If they'd been written decades ago his songs would
surely have reached standard status by now"
songs will soon find their place among the classics. It doesn't get more
beautiful than this"
masterpieces with a harmonic sophistication seldom found in music today...
Dobrogosz now takes his place among our foremost (musicians). Given the
opportunity, he could revolutionize other musical styles" - Gothenburg
of these pieces could and should become standards... Dobrogosz's enormous
talent as a writer/performer represents something all too rare in today's
music business: uncompromising originality"
of the most exciting musicians in our branch at present. Dobrogosz is
a vitamin injection"