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Biography

b. March 17, 1927 - Stockholm, Sweden

Swedish composer and music critic. Karkoff studied at the Stockholm Musikhögskolan. He studied with Lars-Erik Larsson, Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Erland von Koch, André Jolivet and Vogel. He was assistant musi critic for Stockholms-tidningen (1962-66). He became a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Music in 1977.

"In his music he broke away in the 1950s from his Swedish contemporaries, enthusiastically experimenting with a wide range of new forms and techniques. However, his work is essentially Romantic, lightly orchestrated and with an expressive melodic style. After the turning-point of the Variations for orchestra (1961), he found a new sense of freedom in the ensuing decade with his discovery of oriental rhythms and harmonies." – Rolf Haglund, Grove Music Online

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