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Martin Fröst

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Martin Fröst is an international clarinettist, conductor and Sony Classical recording artist, renowned as one of the finest exponents of the clarinet in the world at present. Known for pushing musical boundaries, he has been described by a critic in the New York Times as having ’a virtuosity and a musicianship unsurpassed by any clarinettist – perhaps any instrumentalist in my memory’.

His repertoire encompasses mainstream clarinet works, as well as a number of contemporary pieces that he has personally championed, with notable works including Peacock Tales by ­Anders Hillborg and Kalevi Aho’s Clarinet Concerto. Winner of the 2014 Léonie Sonning Music Prize, one of the world’s highest musical honours, Fröst was the first clarinettist to be given the award and joined a prestigious list of recipients, including Igor Stravinsky and Sir Simon Rattle.

As a soloist, Fröst has performed with some of the world’s greatest orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra and NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra. He regularly collaborates with prominent international artists, including Yuja Wang, Janine Jansen, Leif Ove Andsnes and Antoine Tamestit, as well as appears in some of the world’s most important concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Konzerthaus Berlin.

Renowned for his multimedia performing projects in collaboration with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, in recent years Fröst has presented the concert creations Dollhouse, Genesis and most recently Retrotopia – his latest project to perform both as soloist and conductor in a musical journey that explores new repertoire and challenges the traditional conventions of the classical concert.

In recent years he has made successful conducting steps with the most important being his appointment as Chief Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra from the 2019/20 season. Together they will focus on a music journey that explores Mozart’s historic footprint in Europe through his travels. The project, set to be recorded by Sony Classical over a period of four years, will be the orchestra’s first comprehensive Green Tour initiative, traveling across Europe by rail.

A keen advocate of the importance of music education, Fröst launched in 2019 the Martin Fröst Foundation with the support of the instrument manufacturer Buffet Crampon. The purpose of the organisation is to provide resources that can improve and enable children’s and young people’s access to music education and instruments all over the world, as well as develop the classical concert form for future generations.

  • Bent Sørensen