Filip Draglund was born in Stockholm 1987. 1998 he joined the School of Music Lilla Akademien, with which he performed at most of the major stages in Stockholm. He won a Gold Medal (1st prize) in the Berlingske Tidende Music Competition and performed with Staffan Scheja in ”Music at Engso Castle”. After his studies at the Junior Academy, Filip Draglund began to study in 2006 at the Malmö Academy of Music with Håkan Hardenberger and Bo Nilsson. In 2007 he qualified for the semifinals of the Swedish Conductor / Soloist Prize and performed at the Royal Albert Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall, among others. During recent years he has performed as soloist throughout Sweden and at festivals including in Spain, Switzerland, Italy and France with Bayerisches Symphonieorchester Munich’s Academy of Music, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Confidencens Sinfonietta, the Junior Academy Chamber Orchestra, Solna Brass and others.
In the summer of 2011, he was the ”Artist in Residence” at the festival Ticcino Musica in Lugano, Switzerland, together with the brass quintet Soli. He is an active chamber musician and has a keen interest in contemporary music. He also plays tango with accordionist Daniel Andersson and the quintet Sonor, most recently seen in the documentary ”I love my accordion” on SVT. They also appeared in ”Stars at The Castle” and performed all over Scandinavia.
He has received fellowships from, among others, His Dalborg Music Foundation, City of Solna, Anders Sandrew Foundation, General, and the Foundation Sten K Johnson. In 2009, he became a YMFE Scholar selected by Yamaha.
Last year he was awarded one of Sweden’s most prestigious music scholarships, the Rosenborg-Gehrman study scholarship, with Prof. Sven Erik Eriksson attesting that ”Filip Draglund is a musician with extraordinary qualities. His astonishing technical level allows him to fully devote himself to his interpretation of the music. Through a combination of intensity, integrity and musical flow, Filip arrives at interpretations that are captivating, dramatic and genuine. ”
In 2013, he was selected by P2 to represent Sweden in the international competition New Talent held in Bratislava. Via the EBU, over two million listeners followed Filip’s road to the finals where he was a soloist with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra. This year he became the first brass musician who reached the final of the Soloist Prize, where he came in second place. In May 2014 he won the international competition for brass instrumentalists in Gdansk, Poland.
Presently he is studying in the second year of the soloist diploma program at the Malmö Academy of Music with Håkan Hardenberger and in the first year diploma course in interpretation at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with Joakim Agnas. His debut concert will take place with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra during the season 2014/2015 where he will perform two trumpet concertos: the Josef Haydn concerto and a world premiere by Benjamin Staern.