SeLest was founded in 2006 by the two friends Sebastian Ring and Simon Ljungman and has since then grown to a ten-piece orchestra mixing their different backgrounds from the classical and rock scene.
In 1791, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart begun the work with a Requiem mass, commissioned anonymously by Count Franz Walsegg zu Stuppach. Later on the very same year Mozart passed away, only 36 years old, and the work was left unfinished.
In 2013, SeLest completed their own version.
The Requiem was completed by several composers of that time, the most famous is probably the one written by Mozart’s student Süssmayr. In SeLest’s version the original pieces from Mozart’s work is still there, completed with three newly composed movements and Swedish translations of the solo parts. Death and life is the ongoing theme of the lyrics written by Simon Ljungman and are grown from his loss of a big brother.
SeLest´s own music can be described as a mix between epic pop and chamber music. Their sound creates a unique version of Mozarts masterpiece.
SeLest’s version was first performed in the autumn of 2013. This performance, as well as the tour that followed, was received with great response from the audience. All shows were nearly sold-out and ended with standing ovations.