Elias Davidsson - The composer and his Work
The composer

Elias Davidsson was born in Palestine in 1941 but has lived in Iceland since 1962. He has composed music since his early childhood and studied piano and composition in France, Germany and Switzerland. Among his teachers were Klaus Huber, Janka and Jürg Wyttenbach, Jacques Wildberger, Thomas Kessler and Roland Moser.

His compositions, including experimental works, have been performed in several European countries. He plays piano, accordeon and the Icelandic lithophone (idiophone composed of stone slabs).

After teaching piano and theory and heading a small music school for a number of years, Mr. Davidsson now dedicates his time to musical composition and human rights activities.

The composer about his educational compositions:

I composed most pieces for my pupils, when I taught piano. It was my conviction that high-quality music can also be composed for this elementary level. This was done, indeed, by Bartók, Kabalewski and other great masters ! Many pieces were prompted by a specific technical problem that I wished to teach to a particular pupil or in order to introduce a particular musical concept. At no time, however, did I make concessions to the demand of artistic quality. My long exposure to European and non-European folklore has inspired me in manifold ways. The work with pupils became more interesting. Other teachers requested copies of the pieces for their own pupils. They came back reporting their pupils' enjoyment and asked for more pieces. Then, teachers of other instruments encouraged me to composed for their instrument: Violin, cello, flute, clarinet, etc. From this cooperation between composer and instrumental teachers evolved a whole set of original compositions for elementary and middle grades which is used successfully in many countries.

It is an article of faith for me that children not only deserve but have a right to quality nutrition. Such a right can also be derived from human rights conventions which affirm the right of every person, and particularly children, to adequate food and to quality education. Such a right includes the right of children to obtain quality cultural products in the fields of literature, poetry, film and music.

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Web update: 10 Jan. 2002