Fredrick Schjelderup (b.1990) is a Norwegian composer from Sandsli, Bergen (Norway). He started playing percussion in his local school band, which he continued in various other brass bands and youth symphony orchestras. From 2007-17 he’s been playing with the world famous brass band, Eikanger - Bjørsvik Musikklag. His background in the brass band community has heavily influenced his work.
Fredrick started composing whilst studying music at high school. During this time, he received the ”Chess Scholarship” for composing, awarded by The Norwegian Band Federation (NMF). The same year, he also received a commission from ”Oi Oi Festivalen” at the Festival of Bergen (Festspillene i Bergen).
His musical education continued at Manger Folkehøgskule where he took lessons with the Norwegian composer Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen (2009-2010). Fredrick finished his bachelor’s degree in composing at the Grieg Academy of Music (University of Bergen) in 2014, which was headed by Morten Eide Pedersen. As part of his university degree, Fredrick also took classes in conducting under the tutelage of Harald Eikaas, Tom Brevik and Halldis Rønning.
During the course of his studies his music was performed in various countries around the world. In 2011, his piece ”Festivtas” was awarded 2nd place in the Ohio Brass Arts Festival – Composers competition. In 2012, his piece “Courage” for sinfonietta was chosen by the Bit 20 Ensemble (one of the leading contemporary music ensembles in the Nordic countries) to be performed at the Borealis Festival. During the last years, Fredrick has written several commissions for bands. In 2015, his piece ”Light” was chosen as a set testpiece for the Flemish Open (Section C) in Mechelen, Belgium.
Fredrick is working as a conductor, composer and arranger.