Aaron Copland School of Music Faculty

   Mikael Karlsson (Adjunct Lecturer)

Fields of Study:
Theory and composition

Degrees and Studies:
BA, Queens College
MA, Queens College

Biographical Information:
Mikael holds a masters degree in composition from the Aaron Copland School of Music and graduated Summa Cum Laude with departmental honors in June of 2005. He studied composition with Bruce Saylor and Edward Smaldone. He has received numerous awards for his compositions and his music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Galapagos Art Space, The Tank, Issue Project Room, Peter Jay Sharp Theater,The DUO Theater, The Stone, LeFrak Concert Hall and many other lovely venues in New York. He has been featured by WNYC's Soundcheck with John Schaefer and by the New York Times. He has collaborated with Lykke Li, Kleerup, Bruce LaBruce, Claire Chase, Joshua Rubin, Alexander Ekman, Mariam Wallentin, Alan Pierson, David Taylor, Othon Mataragas, Wolfram Koessel, Black Sun Productions, Lydia Lunch, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Maria Beatty, Victoria Bergsman (Taken By Trees), Cory Smythe, Wolfram Koessel, Francois Rousseau, ASS (Andreas Söderström), Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Harumi Terayama, Swedish TV4, Rob Stephenson, Christopher McDonald and many more. In 2007, he was an honoree of the 2007 OUT100 top 100 influential people, listed as that year's composer. In 2011, the listeners of Q2 radio (NY public radio) voted Mikael as one of their favorite 100 composers under 40.

He wrote the soundtracks to video games Battlefield Bad Company I and II to great acclaim. The latter has become the biggest March video game release in history with over 9 million copies sold.

Mikael has released 12 recordings to date. All of them are available in the iTunes Store.

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Music theory, keyboard harmony, ear training (sight singing and dictation), music appreciation.

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