Ylva Lund Bergner was born 1981 in Lund, a town in the south of Sweden and began to study composition 2001 on Gotland School of Music Composition after some years of piano studies.

She has been studying composition for four years at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with the teachers Pär Lindgren, William Brunson, Jesper Nordin, Fredrik Hedelin, Orjan Sandred, Lars-Erik Rosell and Lars Ekström. 2005/06 she was taking lessons with Fabio Cifariello Ciardi at Conservatorio di Musica in Perugia, Italy. She has been living in Copenhagen studying both the Master education and Soloist class at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. During 2010-11 she did an exchange at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Lyon with the teachers Robert Pascal & Michele Tadini. 

In April 2012, she had her exam concert in Copenhagen with the ensemble Mimitabu, singers from the Copenhagen area and several soloists under the direction of the conductor Rei Munakata and Martin Toft Nagashima.

She has cooperated with many renowned ensembles like Klangforum Wien, the Pëarls Before Swïne, the Swedish Radio Choir, Danish Radio’s Vocal Ensemble, the Sinfonietta SAMI, Norrbotten Neo, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Curious Chamber Players, l'Orchestra Sinfonica di Perugia e dell’Umbria, Mimitabu, Athelas, Figura, Stenhammar Quartet, Copenhagen Piano Quartet, Dygong, Caput Ensemble, Lydenskab, Trio Saum, Vollen United and Contemporànea, among others, and has been played in Iceland, Sweden, Spain, France, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Norway, Serbia, Australia, Montenegro, China, Japan and USA.

She was the chairwoman in the organisation UNM (Young Nordic Music), working for young Nordic composers works, for four years, 2006-2010. She was festival director for the festival “I SPEAK MUSIC” in Gothenburg 2009.

Recently she got both a composition award and a 3-year work grant from the Danish Arts Council in Denmark. She was chosen in 2013 to present the short chamber opera ”Traces” (1st part of the chamber opera ”The Illuminated Traces of Ligeia”) at Darmstadt in 2014. In the beginning of 2018, she received the big prize ’Järnåkerstipendiet' which also led to several interviews and an article in the contemporary journal 'Nutida Music'.

She is going to be one of six selected composers to be composer-in-recidence with the New York based ensemble ICE ( It will be an intense and longer collaboration. The first project will start in 2019. 

YLB is currently working on several smaller commissions for solo instruments and chamber music ensembles like Pamplemousse, Karin Hellqvist, Duo Tø, be:tween:sides & NJYD. A bigger project with the soprano Ly Tran and the musicians Nguyen Thanh Thuy and Stefan Östersjö will take place during 2019. The project is about fleeing from Vietnam as a child and recalling your memories as an adult. Traditional folk instruments will be used in the performance.

Personal scholarships, grants & prizes, 2011-2020 [more detailed overview]:


Konstnärsnämnden (Swedish Art Council)

Dansk Kunstfond (Danish Art Council)


Dansk Kunstfond (Danish Art Council)


Järnåkerstipendiet (Saltö Stiftelse)

Dansk Kunstfond (Danish Art Council)


Dansk Kunstfond (Danish Art Council)


Dansk Kunstfond (Danish Art Council)


Dansk Tennisfund

Accademia di Danimarca


Dansk Kunstfond (Danish Art Council)

Education [more detailed overview]:


Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Lyon (France). Composition. 


Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen (Denmark). Composition.   


Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen (Denmark). Composition.    


Conservatorio di Musica di Perugia (Italy). Composition. 


Royal College of Music in Stockholm (Sweden). Composition.  


Gotland University, Visby (Sweden). Composition & Chamber Music.


Lund University, Lund (Sweden). Swedish Music History.

Gotland University, Visby (Sweden). Composition & Chamber Music.


Gotland School of Music, Visby (Sweden). Composition. 


Lunnevad Folk High School (folk high school), Vikingstad (Sweden). Piano & Recorder. 


Ingesund College of Music, Ingesund (Sweden). Recorder.


Cathedral School (upper secondary school), Lund (Sweden). Music Class (piano, recorder & choir).