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STEVE DOBROGOSZ
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.


Discography


Songs (1980), with Steve Dobrogosz Trio
Fairytales (1982), with Radka Toneff
The Child's Gift (1986), with Steve Dobrogosz Vocal Ensemble
Pianopieces (1994), solo, duets with Petur Östlund
Duckwalk (1996), Steve Dobrogosz Quartet
Mass (1997), with St. Jacob's Chamber Choir
Ebony Moon (1998), solo piano
Best of Dobrogosz and Andersson (1999), with Berit Andersson
Feathers (2000), with Jeanette Lindstrom
Requiem/Te Deum (2004), with St. Jacob's Chamber Choir
It's Always You (2006), with Anna Christoffersson
When Lilacs Last In The Dooryard Bloom'd (2006)
Rivertime (2008), with Anna Christoffersson
My Rose (2009), a Shakespeare oratorio
Stream (2009), solo piano
Poems (2007), with Annika Skoglund
Golden Slumbers (2009), Dobrogosz plays Beatles
Your Songs (2010 ), Steve Dobrogosz plays Elton John
Covers (2010), with Anna Christoffersson
World (2010), pianos
Celebratory Music (2010), Andrew Canning, pipe organ
Charts (2011), solo piano
Christmas Cantata (2012), Linköpings Akademiskakören
Candlelight (2013), solo piano
The Water of Life (2013), solo piano
Forest (2014), solo piano
Dreams (2014), solo piano
Free Country (2015), solo piano
Sequencer (2015), jazz demos (with band)
Bara (2015), with Chikako Hino
The Wild Bird Flies (2016), piano trio
Stabat Mater (2016), with Hiroshima Chuo Choir

Silencer (2016), solo piano

"Completely exquisite compositions"
- Orkester Journalen

"One 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"
- Körsång magazine, on Requiem/Te Deum

"Sensational! Dobrogosz is one of our true songwriters. In another era he would be a Gershwin, Porter, or Kern. His touch is that of a master"
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Gothenburg Post

"A brilliant synthesis of diverse styles. No other music this year has hit me so intensely"
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Expressen

"Dobrogosz 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"
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Sydsvenska Dadbladet

" The art of the ballad at its peak"
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Eskilstuna Kuriren

"His songs will soon find their place among the classics. It doesn't get more beautiful than this"
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Svenska Dagbladet

"Melodic 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 Post

"Many 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"
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Uppsala Nya Tidning

"One of the most exciting musicians in our branch at present. Dobrogosz is a vitamin injection"
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Dala Demokraten