Mattias Wager was born in Stockholm in 1967. He studied Organ and Church Music at the Royal College of Music under Torvald Torén and Anders Bondeman. He has also studied abroad with Johannes Geffert in Bonn and in Paris with Naji Hakim. Among his achievements in international competitions are included three first prizes: in the 1995 Organ Interpretation Competition in St Albans, England, and in the improvisation competitions in 1991 in Strängnäs, Sweden and 1995 in Paris (Grand Prix d'improvisation "Pierre Cochereau"). Beside his work as Cathedral Organist in Stockholm, Mattias Wager gives concert performances and masterclasses at festivals and other prestigeous venues throughout Europe and has also given several concerts in Brazil. He has also been teaching organ and improvisation at the four major Music Colleges in Sweden. Mattias Wager takes a particular interest in cooperating with other artists, for example percussionist Anders Åstrand and singer/choirmaster Gary Graden, together with whom he has formed a trio focusing on improvisation. He has also composed music for several successful theatre plays.
Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937):
From Organ Symphony No. 8 in B major (Op. 42/4):