Tobias Broström was born in 1978 in Helsingborg, Sweden. Following four years of percussion studies at the Malmö Academy of Music, he embarked on the pursuit of a Master’s degree in composition, studying with the Swedish composer Rolf Martinsson and the Italian composer Professor Luca Francesconi.
A percussionist himself, Tobias has composed many works for percussion. He has also composed music for dance, chamber opera, various chamber music and orchestral works including Transit Underground, Crimson Skies, Crimson Seas, Kaléidoscope, Violin Concerto, Arena – Percussion Concerto No. 1, Piano Concerto ”Belle Epoque” and Lucernaris – Concerto for Trumpet, Live Electronics & Orchestra, which was composed for Håkan Hardenberger. Numerous soloists, conductors, ensembles and orchestras, including Robin Ticciati, Michael Sanderling, Anna Larsson, Karen Gomyo, Colin Currie, Dima Slobodeniouk, Johannes Gustavsson, Thomas Søndergård, Andrew Manze, Per Tengstrand, Mats Rondin, Simon Preston, Johan Bridger, Jaime Martín, Dresdner Philharmonie, Estonian National Orchestra, Gävle SO, Helsingborg SO, Trondheim SO, Malmö SO, the Symphony Orchestra of Norrlandsoperan, Aurora Chamber Orchestra, Penisula Festival Orchestra, Radio Television of Serbia Symphony Orchestra, Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, Musica Vitae, Third Coast Percussion Quartet, Malleus Incus, Gageego, Esclats Percussion Quartet and BIT20 have performed his works. Tobias’ solo and chamber music have been performed throughout Europe, the USA and Asia. He was awarded scholarships from the Royal Academy of Music, Stockholm from 2004–2006, Swedish Performing Rights Society in 2006 and from the Swedish Composers Society in 2009. In 2004 he was awarded the Rosenborg-Gehrman composition scholarship. His music is published by Gehrmans, Edition Svitzer and Keyboard Percussion Publications.
Season 2011 – 2012 he is featured composer with Helsingborg SO as well as with Västerås Sinfonietta. Between 2006 – 2009 Tobias was Composer-in-Residence with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra under principal conductor Robin Ticciati, resulting in two new orchestral works each year. Two of these, Crimson Seas & Lucernaris were selected by Swedish Radio to represent Sweden in the European Broadcasting Union’s International Rostrum of Composers in 2007 & 2009. In autumn 2008 his Arena – Solo Version was picked out to be performed at the 52nd International Festival of Contemporary Music at the Venice Biennale and his orchestral piece Transit Underground was nominated for best orchestral piece of the year by Swedish Music Publishers’ Association. In 2010 Lucernaris was nominated for best orchestral piece of by the same association.