Leif Strand is a musician, composer and arranger. He was born in Bengtsfors in 1942and began music studies in 1960 at the Royal College of Music in Sweden, wherehe studied clarinet for five years and three years in the conducting class.
Leif Strand's chamber choir wasfounded in 1965 and then he started collaborations with Jan Johansson, GeorgRiedel, Arne Domnérus, Göran Fristorp, Janne Schaffer Björn J: son Lindhand several other musicians. He has published approximately 30 albums as composer,arranger and choir conductor.
Leif Strand was awarded the award ”Svenskastatens livslånga konstnärsstipendium” in 1994 and in 2002 he received the award ”Göteborgskulturpris”. He settled in Bovallstrand in 1995and started Leif Strand's women's choir in 1997.
This newly written Requiem is aboutthe faith one has in the afterlife. The belief that one is resurrected afterdeath. "That's the big expectation of a Requiem", Leif says. The workis an attempt to venture into the most difficult issues of faith in aChristian's life, to try to interpret them as a composer.