Erik Westberg

Erik Westberg

Erik Westberg (b. 1956) studied choral conducting with Maestro Eric Ericson at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm 1976–1987.

He has been the leader of numerous choirs, including the YMCA choir in Stockholm and the Oslo Philharmonic Choir, and he has also been guest conductor of the Swedish Radio Choir. Internationally Erik Westberg has been engaged as guest conductor for Pro Coro Canada, Coro Nacional de España, Coro Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, and Jauna Muzika, Lithuania. He has also been Artist-In-Residence at Wollongong University, Australia.

With the Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble he has premiered over 40 works by, among others: B Tommy Andersson, Gunnar Eriksson, Mats Larsson Gothe, Paula af Malmborg Ward, Jan Sandström, Sven-David Sandström and Arvo Pärt. With The University Chamber Choir in Piteå and the Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble, he has performed over 50 tours to Europe, North- and South America and Asia.

His audio catalog includes more than twenty recordings from the record labels Studio Acusticum Records, Opus3, Naxos, and Caprice, several of which has received excellent reviews. Among his many collaborations are musicians such as former ABBA-member Benny Andersson, the jazz singer Alice Babs and the trombone virtuoso Christian Lindberg.

He was the founder of the project Choral Singing for Peace and Justice. During the millennium celebrations, 8,000 choristers in 56 countries were involved in this project, which was seen and heard by the world’s largest television audience ever. The project was supported, by the past present, Secretary General of the United Nations Mr. Kofi Annan, President of Ireland Mary McAleese, Queen Silvia of Sweden, and King Tāufaʻahau Tupou IV of Tonga.

Erik Westberg received the Johannes Norrby-Medallion in 1993 and the Culture Prize of the Year from the newspaper Norrländska Socialdemokraten in 1997. In 1999 he was elected Choral Conductor of the Year by KÖRSAM [Federation of Swedish Choir Associations] and received the Culture Prize of the Year from the Municipality of Piteå in 2002. In 2006 Erik Westberg was presented with His Majesty the King’s Medal of the Eighth Size with the ribbon of the Order of the Seraphim “for significant achievements in Swedish Musical Life”. In 2016 he was awarded the Grant of Honour and Merit of Norrbotten County.

He has been a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music since 2008 and Professor of Choral Conducting and Choral Singing at the School of Music in Piteå, Luleå University of Technology since 2003.