Jacob Mühlrad, class 1991, is a Swedish composer. Having his works performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and National Portrait Gallery in London, Mühlrad is also the youngest composer to have gotten a piece performed at The Royal Swedish Opera.
An essential aspect of Jacob Mühlrad’s music is a sense of the eternal. He deals with themes of mortality, of the human condition, of tradition, of the holy, but all of these are viewed, so to speak, through the prism of music: the listener is left with the feeling that beauty has made sense out of what often seems incomprehensible or arbitrary. Indeed, the composer has said that he believes music to be connected to the foundations of the universe.
Mühlrad has written extensively for chamber ensembles and orchestras. His choral music is a very distinctive and important element of his work, and through it, he has been able to achieve a unique expression of the mystical aspect of Jewish tradition.
Having released his latest album Time back in 2019 in Sweden only, Mühlrad received the Swedish Grammy Award nominee for it. The release of the album was followed by two live concerts in Stockholm Concert Hall the same year. Two years later, the album is set to be released worldwide via Deutsche Grammophon / Universal.