Swedish composer Mika Pelo writes music for soloists, chamber ensembles, and orchestras, with or without electronics. He holds a doctorate in composition from Columbia University and is currently Associate Professor of Composition at UC Davis. His principal composition teachers include Tristan Murail, Bent Sørensen, and Sven-David Sandström.

Pelo is inspired by the French so-called spectral composers and Scandinavian lyricism and describes his method of composition as “controlled dreaming.” The Strad magazine thinks that Pelo’s music “fashions a fascinating mosaic of sonorities,” and the Irish Times writes that Pelo’s music is built by “gestures that were once the province of the avant-garde . . . here pliably exploited by a sensibility that sounded decidedly romantic.”

Pelo’s music is published by Edition Peters, Germany.

Contact: Mika


Seagram Murals – new saxophone quartet for the Mana Saxophone Quartet. Premiere in the fall of 2016

New Piece for the Polish ensemble Kwartludium. Premiere in 2017.


Nov 8 in Vallejo, CA: Vallejo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christian Baldini: Satellite for Orchestra

Oct 18 in Stockholm, Sweden: Cecilia Zilliacus, Violin, and the Royal Swedish Army Band under the baton of Christian Lindberg: Violin Concerto No. 2

Sep 19 in Sacramento, CA: Camellia Symphony conducted by Christian Baldini: Satellite for Orchestra

Jul 13 in Strasbourg, France: Mana Saxophone Quartet: Saxophone Quartet

Oct 29 2014 in York, UK: Magnus Andersson, Pascal Gallois and Rohan De SaramIn Silent Ways for Guitar, Bassoon and Cello

Nov 9 2014 in Sacramento, CA: Mayumi Hama and Chris Froh: Broken Wings for two marimbas (part of the FENAM festival.)