Thomas Jennefelt studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm with Gunnar Bucht and Arne Mellnäs from 1974 to 1980. Since then he works as a composer. From 1994 to 2000 he held the position of President of the Society of Swedish Composers. Since 2004 he has been Vice President of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. In the compositions of Thomas Jennefelt is clearly noticeable his interest in the close word-sound relationship in the tradition of the composers of the Reformation as Heinrich Schütz. Jennefelt draws on his own texts as well as various literary sources. His music, therefore, has a strong vocal profile, from choral music to opera.