son of the composer Maurice Karkoff, was born in Stockholm on the 14th of september 1958. He studied orchestration with Professor Gunnar Johansson and counterpoint, privately. He then went on to study composition with Gunnar Bucht at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, 1978-1982, and electro acoustic music with Pär Lindgren. Karkoff has also received lessons from visiting guest Professor Brian Ferneyhough. Karkoff taught aural training at the Edsberg Institute of Music (the school of chamber music and soloists) between 1985 and 1987, and orchestration and theory at the Stockholm Institute of Music Pedagogics (SMI). He has also taught instrumentation and composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm between 1986 and 1992. Apart from this he has been program host in the radio magazine for contemporary music, New Hour at the Swedish Radio. His music has been performed in Finland, Norway, in the Baltic countries, Russia, former Yougoslavia, Hungary, Austria, France, Portugal, Italy,Spain, Israel and Japan. His orchestral works have been performed by most major orchestras in Sweden; the orchestral piece Fenix was commissioned and world-premiered in Stockholm 1993, by Gennady Rozhdestvensky and the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. The music of Ingvar Karkoff has been broadcasted worldwide. He has represented Sweden both at the Young Nordic Music festivals and at The Nordic Music Days, S:t Petersburg Contemporary Music Festival. He has been awarded The Rosenborg prize, The Swedish Royal Music Academy's travel gran, The City of Stockholm's Cultural Prize, The small Christ Johnson Prize 2000.