Biography in detail

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 that will have an intense and longer collaboration with the New York based ensemble ICE (; a project that 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 (bigger than 1000 euro), 2011-2019:


Dansk Kunstfond (Danish Art Council):

1 year long scholarship: 40 000 dkk (about 5370 euro)


Järnåkerstipendiet (Saltö Stiftelse): 

Scholarship/Prize for the piece Achenar: 100 000 sek (about 10 200 euro)

Dansk Kunstfond (Danish Art Council):

1 year long scholarship: 35 000 dkk (about 4700 euro)


Dansk Kunstfond (Danish Art Council):

1 year long scholarship: 25 000 dkk (about 3400 euro)


Dansk Kunstfond (Danish Art Council):

3 year long scholarship, 2013-15: 285 000 dkk/year (about 38 300 euro/year)


Dansk Tennisfund; 1 month stay in Gudhjem, Bornholm plus a scholarship 

Accademia di Danimarca; 1 month stay in Rome, Italy plus a scholarship


Dansk Kunstfond (Danish Art Council): 

1 year long scholarship: 100 000 dkk (about 1300 euro)



Composition, exchange with Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Lyon, France 

Teachers: Robert Pascal & Michele Tadini


Composition at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, Denmark 

Level: Advanced Postgraduate Diploma (2-3 years) 

Teachers: Bent Soerensen & Hans Peter Stubbe Teglbjaerg                


Composition at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, Denmark 

Level: Master (2 years)

Teachers: Bent Soerensen, Niels Rosing-Schow, Hans Abrahamsen & Hans Peter S. Teglbjaerg 


Composition, exchange with Conservatorio di Musica di Perugia, Italy 

Teacher: Fabio Cifariello Ciardi


Composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden

Level: Basic education (4 years)

Teachers: Fredrik Hedelin, William Brunson, Orjan Sandred, Par Lindgren, Lars Ekstrom, Lars-Erik Rosell, Mattias Petersson & Jesper Nordin


Composition & Chamber Music, Summer course, 3 ECTS, at Gotland University, Sweden


Two summer courses: 

Swedish Music History, 7,5 ECTS, at Lund University, Lund, Sweden 

Composition & Chamber Music, 4,5 ECTS, at Gotland University, Visby, Sweden


Composition, Gotland School of Music, Sweden. Composition 

Teachers: Henrik Strindberg, Per Martensson, Mattias Svensson & Sven-David Sandstrom


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

Teachers: Anders Sundstrom (piano) & Anette Hilding (recorder)


Recorder, Masterclass, Summer course. at Ingesund College of Music, Ingesund, Sweden 

Teacher: Anna Wallin


Piano, recorder & choir, Music Class at the Cathedral School (upper secondary school), Lund, Sweden

Teacher: Eva Bohlin (choir & harmony), Sofia Söderberg (choir) & Cecilia Kjelldén (recorder & ensemble)