Rickard Scheffer was born in Staffanstorp, Sweden, on the 13th July, 1971. He began by studying musicology and church music until his interest in composing got the upper hand. He then studied composition with professor Ole Lützow-Holm at the Gothenburg College of Music between 1991 and 1996, having previously studied musicology at Lund University and composition and counterpoint with Kent Olofsson and Johannes Johansson in Malmö.

After completing his studies in Gothenburg Scheffer went on to study composition and modern music theatre with professor Mauricio Kagel at the Cologne Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, where he came in contact with other young international composers, a contact which has been of vital importance to him. During a short but significant period he also studied with the Scottish composer James Dillon.

Scheffer’s works have been performed at the international summer course in composition in Gothenburg in 1994 and also at the Rheinisches Musikfest in Cologne in 1996. Scheffer was elected a member of the Society of Swedish Composers in 1997 and in the Association of Swedish Conductors in 2016. Between 2002 and 2006 he was president for the association of contemporary music Media Artes in Växjö, Sweden. Scheffer studied pedagogy between the years 2013-2015 at Linnaeus University in Växjö, graduated as a so called subject teacher in music and is now a licensed music teacher. For more than 20 years, Scheffer has been active as a church musician and conductor in various parishes in Lund, Gothenburg and Växjö diocese, but since 2015 he has been a cultural school educator at the Municipal School of Culture in Emmaboda.

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