Performances

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2017-11-23 Melbourne
Ich denke Dein...

2017-11-25 Melbourne
Ich denke Dein...

2017-11-28 Stockholm
Suite Fantastique

2017-12-10 Amsterdam
Carillon

2017-12-17 Vienna 1:2
Garden of Devotion

2017-12-17 Vienna 2:2
Garden of Devotion

2018-01-18 Kristiansand
Poem for Orchestra No. 1

2018-02-01 Katowice
Bridge - Trumpet Concerto No. 1

2018-02-01 Polish Radio Live Broadcasting
Bridge - Trumpet Concerto No. 1

2018-02-14 Malmö
Shimmering Islands

2018-02-15 Malmö
Shimmering Islands

2018-02-15 Palma de Mallorca
Ich denke Dein...

2018-02-24 Giresta
Suite Fantastique

2018-03-02 Växjö
Airy Flight

2018-03-03 Tingsryd
Airy Flight

2018-03-04 Hultsfred
Airy Flight

2018-03-11 Dalby
Lukaspassionen

2018-04-04 Arboga
Tidig gryning

2018-04-05 Västerås
Tidig gryning

2018-04-07 Södertälje
Tidig gryning

2018-04-08 Örebro
Tidig gryning

2018-04-13 Vänersborg
Suite Fantastique

2018-05-23 Stockholm
Ich denke Dein...

2018-05-24 Stockholm
Ich denke Dein...

2018-06-18 Amsterdam
Garden of Devotion
CD recording, Challenge Classics

2018-06-18 Amsterdam
To the Shadow of Reality
CD recording, Challenge Classics

2018-06-18 Amsterdam
Kalliope
CD recording, Challenge Classics

2018-06-18 Amsterdam
A. S. in Memoriam
CD recording, Challenge Classics

2018-06-21 Kaiserslauten (10.00)
Double Bass Concerto No. 1

2018-06-21 Kaiserslauten (13.00)
Double Bass Concerto No. 1

2018-06-22 Dillingen
Double Bass Concerto No. 1

2018-06-30 Zürich
Arrangement on Songs by Alexander von Zemlinsky

2018-07-03 Zürich
Arrangement on Songs by Alexander von Zemlinsky

2018-09-16 Lerum
Tidig gryning

2018-09-23 Växjö
Tidig gryning

2018-11-28 Zürich
Arrangement on Songs by Franz Berwald

2018-11-29 Zürich
Arrangement on Songs by Franz Berwald

2018-11-30 Zürich
Arrangement on Songs by Franz Berwald

2018-12-16 Helsingborg
Arrangement on Songs by Franz Berwald

2019-01-17 Malmö
Opening Sounds

2019-01-19 Malmö
Opening Sounds

2019-02-05 Malmö
To the Shadow of Reality

2019-05-10 Estonia
Ich denke Dein...

2019-05-11 Estonia
Ich denke Dein...

2019-05-12 Estonia
Ich denke Dein...

2019-06-13/14? Winterthur
A. S. in Memoriam

2019-06-13/14? Winterthur
Arrangement on Songs by Alexander von Zemlinsky

2019-09-05 Malmö
New piece (semi staged)

2019-09-06 Malmö
New piece (semi staged)

2019-09-07 Malmö
New piece (semi staged)

2019-10-25 Växjö
Till skuggan av en verklighet

2019-10-25 Växjö
Arrangement on Infelice by Felix Mendelssohn

2019-10-26 ??
Till skuggan av en verklighet

2019-10-26 ??
Arrangement on Infelice by Felix Mendelssohn

2019-10-27 ??
Till skuggan av en verklighet

2019-10-27 ??
Arrangement on Infelice by Felix Mendelssohn

2020-09 Stockholm
Amy Foster


Ongoing Work

A concert opener - HSO co-commission. World premiere 2017-05-18 with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Stefan Solyom at Helsingborg concert hall.


Current News

Stunning reviews for Lisa Larsson

June, 2017

Lisa Larsson

Lisa Larsson
Photo: Merlijn Doomernik

In May 2017 Swedish soprano Lisa Larsson gave the Finnish premiere of Martinsson's "Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson" in collaboration with Oulu Symphony Orchestra under the baton of chief conductor Johannes Gustavsson. The audience replied to her brilliant performance with greatest acclaim and she received stunning reviews in the Kalevala newspaper:

"(…) Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson by the Swede Rolf Martinsson are dazzling (…) Lisa Larsson brought the kaleidoscope-like views on display in a charming way: sparkling light, nature, quiet sorrow and crystal-clear chinks high above. Her singing and performing were both totally captivating. The voice and the words floated naturally and unforced. Brilliant twists and turns were amusing and beautiful melodies charming. A little bit of traditional lied, a hint of Bernstein and Britten, a pinch of Nordic sound world - tasty (delicious) and new (…) Larsson was subtly dramatic and created delicate nuances. Her voice that rose to bright pitches with astonishing easiness brought even the smallest details to the fore. A truly fine interpretation (…)"

More information at:
Lisa Larsson
Lisa Larsson on YouTube singing "Orchestral Songs..."
A Unique Collaboration


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Larsson premieres Martinsson at Konzerthaus Wien with Wiener Kammerorchestering

June, 2017

Lisa Larsson

Lisa Larsson
Photo: Merlijn Doomernik

In December 2017 soprano Lisa Larsson will be performing Martinsson's Garden of Devotion at Vienna Concert Hall, Mozart-Saal, at two conserts with the Wiener Kammerorchester under the direction of chief conductor Stefan Vladar. The performances mark not only the Austrian premiere but also Larsson's 25th performance of the piece, written for and dedicated to her. Larsson's recent most sucessful Dutch premiere of Garden of Devotion, received standing ovations and sold out performances at Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

More information at:
Lisa Larsson
Lisa Larsson on YouTube singing "Garden of Devotion"
A Unique Collaboration


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Standing ovations for Lisa Larsson at Concertgebouw

January, 2017

Lisa Larsson

Lisa Larsson
Photo: Merlijn Doomernik

Garden of Devotion On YouTube

Recently Swedish soprano Lisa Larsson received standing ovations at Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, in two sold out concerts when she gave the Dutch premiere of Martinsson's "Garden of Devotion" (Tagore) for soprano and string orchestra, together with the Netherlands CO and the artistic director and concertmaster, Gordan Nikolič.

The two concerts form the first step of three in an exciting collaboration with Larsson/NCO/Nikolič. Next step will be a CD-portrait of Martinsson's music and the third step will be a Nordic tour during 2018/2019. This is the third piece by Martinsson that Larsson brings to Concertgebouw. The two former pieces were "Ich denke Dein..." with the Netherlands PO/Marc Albrecht during Martinsson's Composer in Residence-ship with Netherlands PO and CO, and "Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson" for soprano and piano with Swedish pianist Roland Pöntinen, ending their Made in Sweden tour.

More information at:
Lisa Larsson
A Unique Collaboration


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Martinsson received the Major Christ Johnson Prize

January, 2017

Rolf Martinsson receives the Major Christ Johnson Prize

Rolf Martinsson receives
the Major Christ Johnson Prize

At the end of 2016 Martinsson received the Major Christ Johnson Prize for Swedish composers from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music for his Dickinson Songs, dedicated to Lisa Larsson and most successfully performed by her over Europe!

Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson On YouTube
Soprano and orchestra

Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson On YouTube
Soprano and piano

More information at:
Lisa Larsson
A Unique Collaboration


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Larsson represented at three Martinsson CD portraits

January, 2017

Lisa Larsson

Lisa Larsson
Photo: Merlijn Doomernik

Martinsson's successful international vocal collaboration with Swedish soprano Lisa Larsson will be documented at three CD recordings. Two with the BIS label and one with the Challenge Classics. The first portrait includes "Ich denke Dein..." and "Into Eternity" with the Malmö SO, second includes "Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson" with the Royal Stockholm PO/Manze and the third with the Netherlands CO/Nikolič including "Garden of Devotion" and "To the Shadow of Reality".

More information at:
Lisa Larsson
A Unique Collaboration
Ich denke Dein...
Into Eternity
Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson
Garden of Devotion
To the Shadow of Reality


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Magnus Holmander - Clarinettist Fantastique

January, 2017

Magnus Holmander

Magnus Holmander, clarinet

Click the link to experience the brilliant duo Magnus and Alfred:

Suite Fantastique On YouTube

The young clarinettist and magician (!) Magnus Holmander, Martin Fröst's brilliant student, stepped in for his teacher at the MiTo Festival in Italy autumn 2016 for two performances of Martinsson's clarinet concerto "Concert Fantastique". The Italian premiere was broadcast live at RAI Radio3 from Auditorium in Milano with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi under the baton of John Axelrod, followed by a performance at Auditorium Rai Arturo Toscanini in Torino.



More information at:
Concert Fantastique
Magnus and Alfred
MITO SettembreMusica 2016


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Ruiz and YOOC on YouTube

January, 2017

Edicson Ruiz

Edicson Ruiz

Double Bass Concerto On YouTube

In November 2014 Edicson Ruiz, Youth Orchestra of Caracas and Dietrich Paredes gave Martinsson's "Double Bass Concerto" the French premiere in Paris and the Hungarian premiere in Budapest. Now the performance at Liszt Academy in Budapest, with José Antonio Abreu, the founder of El Sistema, in the audience, is available on YouTube.

More information at:
Edicson Ruiz
Youth Orchestra of Caracas
Dietrich Paredes


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2016

CD Portraits - Orchestral Songs, Concerto for Orchestra and More

January, 2016

Lisa Larsson

Lisa Larsson
Photo: Merlijn Doomernik

During 2015 Lisa Larsson recorded "Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson" with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (RSPO)/Andrew Manze at the BIS label, followed by the recording of "Concerto for Orchestra" with RSPO/Sakari Oramo. The third piece is planned to be "Suite Fantastique - Clarinet Concerto No. 1" with Martin Fröst/RSPO. Both concertos are RSPOs commissions.

There are also ongoing discussions with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (GSO) about a second Martinsson portrait at the BIS label, including Lisa Larsson's recording of "Ich denke Dein...", a co-commission by GSO.

Following Martinsson's Composer in Residence-ship with the Netherlands Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra in Concertgebouw 2014-2015, new collaborations are scheduled. Their co-commission "Garden of Devotion" for soprano and strings is programmed with Lisa Larsson/Netherlands Chamber Orchestra/Gordan Nikolič for two concerts in Concertgebouw, Amsterdam in November 2016, followed by a CD-recording and a Nordic tour.

More information at:
Lisa Larsson


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CD-release - Arrangement From Folk Songs by Schumann

January, 2016

CD cover Roots

CD cover Roots

The premiere CD-recording of Martinsson's arrangement from "Five pieces in Folk Style, op. 102" by Robert Schumann is now released at SONY Classical label with Martin Fröst, clarinet and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra as a part of Fröst's ROOTS project. Recorded in Stockholm concert hall in August 2015.

More information at:
SONY ClassicalE
Martin Fröst
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra


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CD release - Lukaspassionen

January, 2016

CD cover Lukaspassionen

CD cover Lukaspassionen

The premiere CD-recording of St. Luke's Passion (Lukaspassionen) is now released at ICTUS label with Jeanette Köhn, soprano, Patrik Sandin, baritone, Gustaf Sjökvists Kammarkör, instrumental ensemble with maestro Sjökvist conducting. Recorded in Ersta Church in April 2014.

More information at:
ICTUS
Jeanette Köhn
Patrik Sandin
Gustav Sjökvists Kammarkör


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Golden Harmony Project

January, 2016

Anders Paulsson

Anders Paulsson
Photo: Julia Knowles

On YouTube Golden Harmony Project

This project, in dedicated collaboration with soprano saxophonist Anders Paulsson, presents a programme to fill the first half of a concert with music balancing on the border between classical music and jazz. Piazzolla's Adiós Nonino opens the concert with a wonderful tango inspired tune followed by three pieces of Martinsson: Airy Flight, a true bossa nova. Golden Harmony is the center piece, a full-bodied soprano saxophone concerto. Before the intermission the programme ends with the encore Energy, a virtuoso saxophone swing melody accompanied by percussion and bass. Ravel, Debussy or/and Stravinsky could be a suitable choice for the second half of the concert.

More information at:
Anders Paulsson


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Trumpet Concerto Bridge at Royal Festival Hall in London

January, 2016

Håkan Hardenberger

Håkan Hardenberger
Photo: Marco Borggreve

Martinsson's freequently performed trumpet concerto is programmed by Håkan Hardenberger, Philharmonia Orchestra and Santtu-Matias Rouvali at Royal Festival Hall in London on January 28. As a pre concert event Hardenberger will perform Martinsson's "Carillon" for nine brass players together with brass musicians from Philharmonia Orchestra. Recent performances of Bridge by Hardenberger include Tanglewood Music Festival with the Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons and the Nobel Prize Concert with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra/Andris Nelsons.

More information at:
Håkan Hardenberger
Santtu-Matias Rouvali
Philharmonia Orchestra


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The Unique Collaboration With Lisa Larsson Exceeds 100 Performances

January, 2016

Lisa Larsson

Lisa Larsson
Photo: Merlijn Doomernik

On YouTube A Unique Collaboration

The succesful collaboration with Swedish soprano Lisa Larsson now includes more than 100 Swedish and international performances, tours, co-commissions, Radio and TV broadcastings as well as CD recordings in collaborations with conductors such as John Storgårds, Gustavo Gimeno, Stefan Solyom, Antonello Manacorda, Marc Albrecht; orchestras such as Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Philharmonia Orchestra, Helsinki PO, Netherlands PO, Gothenburg SO, Royal Stockholm PO, Melbourne SO, La Verdi, Scottish, Stuttgart, Swedish and Netherlands chamber orchestras, in venues like Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Royal Festival Hall, London and Hamer Hall, Melbourne.

Martinsson has written five vocal pieces for Larsson. Click the titles to see the YouTube clips:
Ich denke Dein...
Into Eternity
Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson
Garden of Devotion
To the Shadow of Reality

The Dickinson songs have also a version for soprano and piano, recently performed by Larsson in Concertgebouw, accompanied by Roland Pöntinen in the "Made in Sweden" project. During 2016-2017 Lisa Larsson will sing the evangelist part of Martinsson's "St. Luke's Passion".

More information at:
Lisa Larsson


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2014

Lisa Larsson premieres Garden of Devotion - a unique international co-commission

September, 2014

Lisa Larsson

Lisa Larsson
Photo: Merlijn Doomernik

On 25th of September "Garden of Devotion", on poems by Rabindranath Tagore, will receive the world premiere. Soprano Lisa Larsson and the string orchestra Musica Vitae under the baton of Fredrik Malmberg have programmed the piece four times on a Swedish tour. It's a co-commission including the Scottish CO, Staatskapelle Weimar, Stuttgart CO, Svenska Kammarorkestern, Norrköping and Helsingborg SO and Uppsala CO. The piece is dedicated to Lisa Larsson and she will be the soloist with all the co-commissioners, which means 15 performances in all.

More information at:
Lisa Larsson
Fredrik Malmberg
Musica Vitae


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Composer in Residence 2014-2015 - Netherlands PO - Concertgebouw

September, 2014

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

During the 2014/2015 season Rolf Martinsson will be Composer in Residence with the Netherlands Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras. Eight performances in Concertgebouw and one in Muziekgebouw. The highlight will be the Dutch premiere of the prestigeous co-commission "Ich denke Dein..." in Concertgebouw with soprano Lisa Larsson and Netherlands PO under the baton of Marc Albrecht on 7 and 10 March. The concert opener "Open Mind" will receive it's Dutch premiere with the Netherlands PO and Hugh Wolff in January. Lisette Bolle, Jakob Koranyi and Netherlands CO under the baton of Bas Wiegers will give the world premiere of "Forlorn" for soprano, cello and string orchestra in Muziekgebouw in October, and at the end of November Gordan Nikolič will lead the string piece "A. S. in Memoriam" in two performances with the chamber orchestra in the Dutch premiere. A chamber concert with Mr. Nikolič in April, performing Martinsson's string solo piece "Landscape", will end Martinsson's residency.


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Composer in Residence 2014-2017 - Helsingborg SO

September, 2014

Helsingborg SO

Helsingborg SO

During a three year Composer in Residence-ship Rolf Martinsson will be the featured composer in the Helsingborg SO. That means more than 20 performances of his music, tours, commissions, pedagogic projects, pre concert talks, score reading, focus on contemporary music in balance with the classical repertoire and much more. The 14/15 season focuses on five works: the co-commission "Garden of Devotion" with soprano Lisa Larsson, the concert opener "Open Mind", "Chamber Concerto No. 2", another concert opener, "Tour de force", and the string piece "A. S. in Memoriam". Chief conductor Stefan Solyom will take two concerts, concert master Fredrik Burstedt takes one and the other conductors will be Bramwell Tovey and Pier Giorgio Morandi.


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Nobel Prize Concert - Nelsons and Hardenberger

September, 2014

Andris Nelsons

Andris Nelsons
Photo: Marco Borggreve

On Monday 8 December Håkan Hardenberger and Andris Nelsons will perform Martinsson's trumpet concerto "Bridge" with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at the Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm Concert Hall. Earlier performances of the concerto by Hardenberger/Nelsons include Oslo PO, Bamberger Symphoniker, NDR Sinfonieorchester, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and Boston SO at the Tanglewood Festival last summer.

More information at:
Andris Nelsons

 


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Double Bass Concerto - Edicson Ruiz in Paris and Budapest

September, 2014

Edicson Ruiz

Edicson Ruiz

Berliner Philharmoniker-based bassist Edicson Ruiz will be on European tour with the Youth Orchestra of Caracas, performing Martinsson's "Double Bass Concerto" at Cité de la musique in Paris and Liszt Academy in Budapest during November. Ruiz has to date been performing Martinsson's concerto frequently with such orchestras as Simon Bolivar Orchestra, Gothenburg SO, Orquesta de jóvenes de la provincia de Alicante, Orquesta Sinfónica de Extremadura among others in venues such as Caracas, Gothenburg, Tokyo, Vienna, Extremadura and in different places in Spain.

More information at:
Edicson Ruiz

 

 


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Bridge in Berlin - Antonsen

September, 2014

Ole Edvard Antonsen

Ole Edvard Antonsen
Photo: Dag Thorenfeldt

The trumpet concerto Bridge is programmed in Berliner Konzerthaus on the 2nd of November with the Norwegian trumpeter Ole Edvard Antonsen, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin under the Baton of Ivan Repušic.

More information at:
Ole Edvard Antonsen

 

 

 


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2013

A Musical Feast of Highest Quality

November, 2013

Lisa Larsson and Kreutzer Quartet in concert

Lisa Larsson and Kreutzer Quartet in concert
Photo: Marcus Palmgren, BLT

The composer portrait of Rolf Martinsson, in Lyckå Chamber Music Festival, became a huge success. "When six virtuoso musicians, on their instruments respectively, meet an equally skilled composer, there will be sparks, and great music will come to life...". Please find the review link below. Lisa Larsson, Roland Pöntinen and Kreutzer Quartet in stunning performances.

Rolf Martinsson talking about his music

Rolf Martinsson
talking about his music
Photo: Marcus Palmgren, BLT

Brilliant soprano Lisa Larsson appeared in two world premieres, pieces especially written for her and dedicated to her: Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson accompanied by Roland Pöntinen, and Till skuggan av en verklighet (Karin Boye) with Kreutzer Quartet.

Lisa Larsson and Kreutzer Quartet during a relaxed rehearsal

Lisa Larsson & Kreutzer Quartet
during a relaxed rehearsal
Photo: Rolf Martinsson

Roland Pöntinen gave three excellent performances of Martinsson's piano pieces from the Zodiac, Scorpius, Sagittarius and Libra, and members of Kreutzer Quartet performed two string pieces of Martinsson, most dedicated and understanding, Landscape (Peter Sheppard Skærved, violin) and Duo for violin and cello (Peter Sheppard Skærved, Neil Heyde).

Roland Pöntinen - pianist

Roland Pöntinen - pianist
Photo: Mats Bäcker

A week of true joy, quality and friendship, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Lyckå Chamber Music Festival in Karlskrona, Sweden and it's creator and eminent artistic leader, Berth Nilsson.

More information at:
Read the review
Lisa Larsson
Roland Pöntinen
Peter Sheppard Skærved
Lyckå Chamber Music Festival


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George Enescu International Festival

March, 2013

Ateneul Român, Bukarest

Ateneul Român, Bukarest

Romanian premiere for Concerto for Orchestra at the George Enescu International Festival. Two performances, 1st and 3rd September 2013, in the beautiful Ateneul Român, Bukarest with the Banatul Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Martin Yates. The piece was commissioned by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and premiered by them and Sakari Oramo in 2008 when Martinsson was featured composer at the Stockholm International Composer Festival.


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Lisa Larsson Premieres New Orchestral Songs in 2015
Zürich - London - Amsterdam - Helsinki - Gothenburg

January, 2013

Lisa Larsson - soprano

Lisa Larsson - soprano
Photo: Andrea Diglas

Following the most successful collaboration with brilliant Swedish soprano Lisa Larsson in Martinsson's Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson, a new exciting collaboration could be announced. Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich will be the main commissioner of Martinsson's new songs for soprano and orchestra! The world premiere takes place in Tonhalle Zürich in January 2015 with Lisa Larsson and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich under the baton of John Storgårds.

Four co-commissioners will programme the piece with Lisa Larsson during 2015/2016: Philharmonia Orchestra in Royal Festival Hall, London, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/John Storgårds in Musiikkitalo, Helsinki and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in Gothenburg concert hall.

Larsson/Martinsson at YouTube

More information at:
Lisa Larsson
Listen to Lisa Larsson at YouTube


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Carnegie Hall - Open Mind In US Premiere

January, 2013

Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, New York

Carnegie Hall,
Stern Auditorium/Perelman
Stage, New York

On February 15, 2013 Martinsson's concert opener Open Mind will receive its US premiere in Carnegie Hall, New York, with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and their chief conductor Sakari Oramo. The piece is to date performed about 60 times worldwide. In 2010 RSPO/Oramo toured Japan with Open Mind with five performances of the piece in all, including two successful concerts in Suntory Hall, Tokyo.

More information at:
Listen to Open Mind
Carnegie Hall
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Sakari Oramo


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Composer in Residence - Concertgebouw Amsterdam

January, 2013

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Photo: Jibe! Group

In the 2014/2015 season Rolf Martinsson will become Composer in Residence in Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, in collaboration with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (NedPhO) as the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (NCO). The collaboration includes pieces for orchestra, string orchestra and various chamber music constellations and all the pieces will get their Dutch premiere during that season. The Tonhalle Zürich co-commission, new songs for soprano and orchestra, will be performed in March 2015 by the brilliant Swedish soprano Lisa Larsson and NedPhO, the concert opener Open Mind will receive it's performance in February 2015 with NedPhO and the string piece A. S. in Memoriam will receive it's Dutch premiere in November/December 2014 by NCO/Gordan Nikolič.

More information at:
NedPhO/NCO
Concertgebouw


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Cleveland Orchestra - Open Mind x 4

January, 2013

Manfred Honeck - conductor

Manfred Honeck - conductor
Photo: Jason Cohn

Conductor Manfred Honeck brings Martinsson's striking concert opener Open Mind to Cleveland Orchestra in the US for four performances in Severance Hall, Cleveland, on 23-26 May 2013. The piece is a commission by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (SRSO) to the opening of the Baltic Sea Festival 2005. Maestro Honeck gave the world premiere with the SRSO in Tallinn, followed by performances in Turku and Stockholm. Manfred Honeck has performed the piece during the past years also with the Hallé Symphony Orchestra, Manchester and with the Staatsorchester Stuttgart.

More information at:
Listen to Open Mind
Manfred Honeck
Cleveland Orchestra


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GSO/Martinsson in Concertgebouw

January, 2013

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Gothenburg Symphony
Orchestra
Photo: infogoteborg.se

In August 2013 Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (GSO), conducted by Nikolaj Znaider, will perform Martinsson's commission Tour de force at Götaplatsen followed by a tour to Concertgebouw/Amsterdam and Wiesbaden. The piece will have its world premiere already in May with GSO/Znaider in two concerts at Gothenburg concert hall. Martinsson is featured composer 2013 and the collaboration also includes two performances in April of his Double Bass Concerto with fabulous Edicson Ruiz, GSO och Manuel Lopéz-Goméz, except for the co-commission with Tonhalle Zürich, new songs for soprano and orchestra, written for brilliant Swedish soprano Lisa Larsson, to be performed during 2015/2016.

More information at:
Nikolaj Znaider
Lisa Larsson
Edicson Ruiz
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Concertgebouw


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Concert Fantastique in Salzburg

January, 2013

Martin Fröst, clarinet. Photo: Mats Bäcker

Martin Fröst, clarinet
Photo: Mats Bäcker

Martin Fröst, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Manze bring Rolf Martinsson's Concert Fantastique - Clarinet Concerto on tour to Austria in January 2013. The Austrian premiere takes place in Stadtsaal Kufstein on 15 January followed by a performance in Großes Festspielhaus in Salzburg.

Fröst/Martinsson at YouTube

More information at:
Martin Fröst
Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Manze


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2012

Golden Harmony - World Premiere, CD Release and YouTube Clip

October, 2012

Golden Harmony with Anders Paulsson on YouTube

Anders Paulsson CD release. Click for full pdf

Anders Paulsson
CD release.
Click for full pdf

On September 6, 2012 Anders Paulsson brilliantly performed the world premiere of Rolf Martinsson's Soprano Saxophone Concerto Golden Harmony with NorrlandsOperan Symphony Orchestra and Christoph Altstaedt in Umeå.

Anders Paulsson,<br />soprano saxophone

Anders Paulsson,
soprano saxophone

The performance received stunning reviews: "A concerto with grand beauty and dazzling effect, ...shimmering melodies and exquisite harmonies... GOLDEN HARMONY is evocative, beautiful and magnificently embraceable, ...the obvious highlight of the evening...".

The Concerto was recorded September 7-8 to CD for the Phono Suecia label. DalaSinfoniettan under the baton of Per Borin gave two additional performances in Dalarna in conjunction with the CD release.

The Golden Harmony concerto was commissioned by NorrlandsOperan Symphony Orchestra and DalaSinfoniettan.

Watch the YouTube clip from the rehearsals and the world premiere.

More information at:
Anders Paulsson


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Double Bass Concerto - CD release with stunning reviews

September, 2012

CD cover to Secret Memories

CD cover to Secret Memories

"The world premiere of Rolf Martinsson's double bass concerto is a brilliant highlight on Dan Styffe's new CD, presenting new music for the double bass. Dan Styffe, solo bassist in Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, in one of the world's leading soloists on his instrument. This, his forth solo CD release, includes solo, chamber music and a concerto. Together with his colleagues in the Oslo PO and chief conductor Saraste, Styffe presents the world premiere of a large, new piece for his instrument, recorded at the premiere in Oslo concert hall 7 April, 2011.


Rolf Martinsson's concerto for Dan Styffe and his Gaspar da Salo

The Swede Rolf Martinsson (1956) has a worldwide reputation as one of the foremost orchestra composers. His music is characterized by a strong stylistic skill and exceptional musical craftsmanship. Recently his clarinet concerto for Martin Fröst received great recognition. In the double bass concerto Martinsson has written not only for Dan Styffe but also for the fantastic instrument he is playing; a rare 1580 Gaspar da Salo, the crafter of double basses named as "father" of the instrument. The concerto opens in an almost apocalyptic atmosphere, and the expectations are set for an enormous virtuoso and spectacular concerto full of colour and dynamic."


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Successful 12/13 season

August, 2012

2012/2013 Season

The 12/13 season highlights includes major performances of Martinsson's orchestral music in collaboration with soloists as Lisa Larsson, Martin Fröst, Dan Styffe, Anders Paulsson and Edicson Ruiz, orchestras as the Cleveland Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, the Gothenburg, Norrköping, Helsingborg and NorrlandsOperan Symphony Orchestras, Dalasinfoniettan and Crusellkvintetten, in collaboration with conductors as Manfred Honeck, Nikolaj Znaider, Andrew Manze, Rumon Gamba, Manuel López-Gómez, Ola Rudner, Christoph Altstaedt and Per Borin. The season also includes 5 world premieres except for Norwegian, Danish, German, Austrian, UK and US premieres. Martinsson will be featured composer in the Gothenburg SO, giving the world premiere of their commission Tour de force, two concerts except for two performances of Double Bass Concerto, the Swedish premiere of the high version! Martinsson will be featured composer also in the Helsingborg SO this season with Lisa Larsson/Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson, Dan Styffe/Double Bass Concerto and Martin Fröst/Concert Fantastique including a tour to Salzburg. In May 2013 Manfred Honeck will conduct Cleveland Orchestra in four performances of Open Mind, US premiere, and the season closes with the Lyckå International Chamber Music Festival, Karlskrona, Sweden, featuring Martinsson as Composer in Residence in collaboration with Lisa Larsson, Roland Pöntinen and the Kreutzer Quartet.


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Dan Styffe in focus

August, 2012

Dan Styffe. Photo: Louise Martinsson

Dan Styffe
Photo: Louise Martinsson

Dan Styffe's new CD, containing Martinsson's Double Bass Concerto, will be released by SIMAX on 17 August in Oslo. On 16 August Styffe gives the Danish premiere of Martinsson's solo bass piece Bassic Instinct at the Bass 2012 Convention, Danish Royal Opera, Copenhagen, and on 27 September Styffe will be the soloist in the Swedish premiere of Martinsson's Double Bass Concerto with the Helsingborg SO/Rumon Gamba.

More information at:
Dan Styffe
BASS2012 Copenhagen
SIMAX


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YouTube clips

August, 2012

Martin Fröst. Photo: Mats Bäcker

Martin Fröst
Photo: Mats Bäcker

Find out the video clips at YouTube and listen to Martin Fröst in Concert Fantastique, Lisa Larsson in Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson, Dan Styffe in Double Bass Concerto, Magnus Båge in Shimmering Blue and Energy, Matilda Paulsson and Kalle Lindén in Lukaspassionen and much more.

YouTube clips at:
Martinsson at YouTube


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GSO focus 2012/2013

August, 2012

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Gothenburg Symphony
Orchestra

The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Sweden, features Rolf Martinsson in three future projects. On 17-18 April 2013 Edicson Ruiz gives the premiere of the high version of the Double Bass Concerto with GSO/Manuel López-Gómez in Gothenburg concert hall, and on 15-16 May GSO/Nikolaj Znaider give the world premiere of the GSO commission Tour de force in the same hall. The third project will be a major European co-commission of new orchestral songs for Lisa Larsson/GSO/John Storgårds 2014/2015. More information to come.

 

More information at:
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra


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HSO focus 2012/2013

August, 2012

Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra

Helsingborg Symphony
Orchestra

Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra invites Rolf Martinsson as featured composer during the 12/13 season. The collaboration starts in September 2012 with the Swedish premiere of Double Bass Concerto with Dan Styffe/HSO/Rumon Gamba and in December Martin Fröst/HSO/Andrew Manze will be performing Concert Fantastique in Helsingborg and the Austrian premiere on tour to Salzburg Grosser Festspielhaus in January 2013. And finally, in February Lisa Larsson/HSO/Andrew Manze will give a performance of Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson in Helsingborg concert hall.

More information at:
Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra


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Austrian premiere of Whiz

May, 2012

Marlies Gaugl, flautist

Marlies Gaugl, flautist

On June 17 Marlies Gaugl (flute) and Karin Meissl (percussion) will give the Austrian premiere of Martinsson's duo Whiz at Graz Forum Park. They are members of the Austrian Art Ensemble and the Grazer Philharmonic Orchestra as well.

More information at:
Marlies Gaugl
Karin Meissl


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Stunning reviews for Lisa Larsson and a new YouTube clip!

March, 2012

Lisa Larsson - soprano. Photo by Louise Martinsson Photography & Design

Lisa Larsson - soprano
© Photo: Louise Martinsson

Larsson/Martinsson at YouTube

Fantastic collaboration

"Tremendous, beautiful, original!...this high version is perfect to the themes of the cycle of poems: love, nature and life. Lisa Larsson brings to life the seemingly simple but truely existential content with lyrical clarity and spiritual warmth. She is in perfect command of her voice, also in the deep register..."
Birgit Ahlberg-Hyse/Västmanlands Läns Tidning

Scandinavian Fantasy

"This is the way it should sound!...the soprano Lisa Larsson in an excellent performance of the songs. In burning red and with exquisite technique she gave excellent interpretations to the poetical impressionisms by the American poetress Emily Dickinson...in refined orchestration and with a smell of West End as well as Ravel."
Leif A Jansson/Jönköpings-Posten


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Future performances with Martin Fröst

March, 2012

Martin Fröst. Photo: Mats Bäcker

Martin Fröst
Photo: Mats Bäcker

After recent successes with the Royal Stockholm PO/Marin Alsop, City of Birmingham SO/Edward Gardner and at Vinterfest with Dalasinfoniettan/Bjarte Engeset, Martin Fröst is scored for several performances of Martinsson's clarinet concerto Concert Fantastique during 2012-2013. October 2012 with the Iceland SO/Yan Pascal Tortellier, December 2012 with Helsingborg SO/Andrew Manze followed by four performances in January 2013 in Festspielhaus in Salzburg and two performances in October 2013 with Bern SO/Rumon Gamba. The version for clarinet and piano, Suite Fantastique, is planned for the Swedish and Norwegian premieres during 2012-2013.

More information at:
Martin Fröst


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Future performances with Lisa Larsson

March, 2012

Lisa Larsson - soprano. Photo by Louise Martinsson Photography & Design

Lisa Larsson - soprano
© Photo: Louise Martinsson

After the most successful premiere of the high version of Martinsson's Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson, Lisa Larsson is already programmed for several future performances of the piece 2013-2014 including the Norrköping SO/Stefan Solyom, Helsingborg SO/Andrew Manze and the German premiere with the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen/Ola Rudner. A major international co-commission for Larsson/Martinsson is about to be contracted!

During 2012 Lisa Larsson appears in venues such as Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Het Gelders Orkest/Antonello Manacorda and Berliner Philharmonie with Berliner Philharmoniker. New CD-release in March in collaboration with the Musikkollegium Winterthur/Douglas Boyd. Lisa Larsson sings Richard Strauss's Four Last Songs and Le bourgeois gentilhomme (Dabringhaus und Grimm).

More information at:
Lisa Larsson
Dabringhaus und Grimm
Andrew Manze
Stefan Solyom


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Lukaspassionen

March, 2012

Lukaspassionen, score. Photo by Louise Martinsson Photography & Design

Lukaspassionen
© Photo: Louise Martinsson

Martinsson has recently finished a large scale work, Lukaspassionen (Luka's Passion), in 31 movements with a duration of 90 minutes. Thirteen co-commissioners will premiere the piece during 31st of March and 6th of April 2012. The idea is that also amateur choirs and musicians will find the technical challenges reasonable and the number of musicians will suite also a minor budget. Lukaspassionen is written for flute, oboe, mezzo-soprano (evangelist and solo), baritone (Jesus and solo), mixed choir, organ, violoncello (double bass and drum). The piece is based on the barock style but larger sections of both romantic and contemporary styles will appear during the piece, depending of the dramatic course. Göran Greider has written the dramatized lyrics for the solo and choral parts.

More information at: Sensus


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Wood Wind Quintet commission

March, 2012

Crusellkvintetten

Crusellkvintetten

The Swedish wood wind quintet, Crusellkvintetten, has commissioned a piece from Martinsson to be premiered during 2013, with the idea to link the piece to the Swedish clarinettist and composer Bernhard Crusell, 18th century.

More information at:
Crusellkvintetten


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Reutlingen commission

March, 2012

Württembergische Philharmonie

Württembergische Philharmonie

A new commission for the inauguration of the new concert hall in Reutlingen, the new home of the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, is now contracted. Ola Rudner, chief conductor, commissioned a five minute concert opener from Martinsson to be premiered 14th of January 2013. This commission will be followed by the German premiere of Martinsson's Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson late Spring 2014. The international celebrated Swedish soprano Lisa Larsson will be the soloist in this premiere.

More information at:
Lisa Larsson
Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen
Ola Rudner


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2011

Lisa Larsson in the World Premiere of Martinsson's Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson, high version

December, 2011

Lisa Larsson. Photo by Andrea Diglas

Lisa Larsson
Photo: Andrea Diglas

On January 21st 2012 the brilliant Swedish soprano Lisa Larsson premieres the high version of Martinsson's Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson, especially written for Lisa and dedicated to her. The songs, originally written for mezzo-soprano, have been revised for soprano by Larsson/Martinsson without changing the orchestration at all. This brings a new exclusive version of the songs to the repertoire, a version full of possibilities in colouring and expression!

This is the start of an exciting and enthusiastic collaboration. The premiere takes place in Västerås Concert Hall with Västerås and Jönköping Sinfoniettas under the baton of Finnish conductor Hannu Koivula. On the 22nd another performance can be heard in the new wonderful concert hall Kulturhuset Spira in Jönköping. The concerts will be recorded and a video team is engaged to create a YouTube clip of the premiere! Additional future performances with Lisa includes among others the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Manze and Norrköping Symphony Orchestra/Stefan Solyom during 2013.

Future plannings include several Martinsson commissions for Lisa Larsson, among them new songs for soprano and orchestra from leading European orchestras in collaboration. Lisa Larsson's recent successes include celebrated performances in the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris and in the Concertgebouw as well as the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam.

More information at:
Lisa Larsson
Västerås Concert Hall
Kulturhuset Spira


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Critical acclaim in Birmingham

December, 2011

Martin Fröst. Photo by Mats Bäcker

Martin Fröst
Photo: Mats Bäcker

Great success in Birmingham when Martin Fröst gave the UK Premiere of Martinsson's clarinet concerto Concert Fantastique with the City of Birmingham SO and Edward Gardner on November 10th. Norman Stinchcombe, Birmingham Post:

"...Fröst's technical wizardry and engagingly extrovert musical personality make him the ideal interpreter of Swedish composer Rolf Martinsson's Concert Fantastique which received its UK premiere with the CBSO conducted by Edward Gardner. It was heartening to hear a contemporary work being greeted so warmly - deservedly so. The attention-grabbing opening featured dazzling bravura passages for Fröst. Imagine if Gershwin had transcribed The Flight of the Bumblebee for Benny Goodman and you'll get the idea. The concerto's five sections are full of fantasy and contrasts, from a passage where Fröst plays a single tone for a minute without a break to a lush romantic melody worthy of Korngold at his Hollywood ripest..."

More information at:
Martin Fröst


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World Premiere at Wigmore Hall in London

November, 2011

Roland Pöntinen and Martin Fröst

Roland Pöntinen and Martin Fröst

Martin Fröst and Roland Pöntinen premieres Martinsson's Suite Fantastique at Wigmore Hall in London on 10th of November 2011. This piece for clarinet and piano is inspired by Concert Fantastique for clarinet and orchestra jointly commissioned by the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra.

More information at:
Martin Fröst
Roland Pöntinen


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Concert Fantastique - UK Premiere

November, 2011

Martin Fröst. Photo: Mats Bäcker

Martin Fröst
Photo: Mats Bäcker

On 24th of November Martin Fröst gives the UK premiere of Martinsson's Concert Fantastique in Birmingham Symphony Hall with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Edward Gardner. City of Birmingham SO is one of four co-commissioners.

More information at:
Martin Fröst
CBSO


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Composer in Residence at Vinterfest

November, 2011

Fire at Vinterfest

Vinterfest fire

Rolf Martinsson is invited by Martin Fröst to be Composer in Residence at Vinterfest in Mora, Sweden, during 16-19 February 2012. This spectacular festival is a unique wintertime event in the middle of Sweden. The 2012 year topic, Inflame, will lighten up the dark together with torchlight procession, fire art and leading Swedish and European artists.

More information at:
Vinterfest
Martin Fröst
Dalasinfoniettan
Torleif Thedéen
Liza Ferschtman


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Dan Styffe performs Martinsson in Trondheim

October, 2011

Dan Styffe

Dan Styffe
Photo: Louise Martinsson

Martinsson's Double Bass Concerto, written for Dan Styffe, will be performed by Styffe and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra/Ingar Bergby on Thursday 20th October in Olavshallen, Trondheim. The concerto is commissioned by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and was premiered by Styffe, the Oslo PO and Jukka-Pekka Saraste last April. The premiere was recorded for a release during 2012 by the Norwegian label SIMAX.

More information at:
Dan Styffe
Trondheim Symphony Orchestra


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Concert Fantastique - Stockholm Premiere

October, 2011

Martin Fröst

Martin Fröst
Photo: Mats Bäcker

Martin Fröst and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Marin Alsop will perform Martinsson's Concert Fantastique at Konserthuset on 26th and 27th of October. Concert Fantastique is jointly commissioned by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Malmö Symohony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra.

More information at:
Martin Fröst
Marin Alsop
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra


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Dan Styffe - amazing soloist in Martinsson's Double Bass Concerto

June, 2011

Dan Styffe with his double bass. Photo: Louise Martinsson

Dan Styffe
Photo: Louise Martinsson

On 7th of April Dan Styffe premiered Rolf Martinsson's Double Bass Concerto with the commissioner Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Jukka-Pekka Saraste. The premiere in Oslo Concert Hall became a great success! An additional performance is already confirmed by the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra/Ingar Bergby on 20th of October the coming fall, and a CD-recording from the premiere will be released in spring 2012. Styffe has also premiered Bassic Instinct, a solo piece extracted from the concerto by Martinsson. The world premiere took place at International Society of Bassist's Convention 2011 in San Fransisco, on June 11, and the Czech premiere is planned for the Brno International Chamber Music Festival at Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Brno, Czech Republic in September 2011.

Dan Styffe is performing on a beautiful Gasparo da Salò from 1585.

More information at:
Dan Styffe - Styffe's official homepage, created and designed by Louise Martinsson
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra


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Double Bass Concerto at YouTube

June, 2011

Gasparo da Salò 1585. Photo: Louise Martinsson

Gasparo da Salò 1585
Photo: Louise Martinsson

A video by Tord Martinsson, from the rehearsals of Rolf Martinsson's Double Bass Concerto, is now available at YouTube.

Watch the video at YouTube in a new window.

More information at:
Tord Martinsson
Dextra


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Clarinet Concerto at YouTube

June, 2011

Martin Fröst, clarinet. Photo: Mats Bäcker

Martin Fröst
Photo: Mats Bäcker

Rolf Martinsson's Concert Fantastique, is now available at YouTube. Another video by Tord Martinsson.

Watch the video at YouTube in a new window.

More information at:
Martin Fröst


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Concerto for Soprano Saxophone

June, 2011

Anders Paulsson, soprano saxophone. Photo: Mathias Lindqvist

Anders Paulsson
Photo: Mathias Lindqvist

Martinsson is currently writing a Soprano Saxophone Concerto for Swedish Anders Paulsson to be premiered by Norrlandsoperan Symphony Orchestra/Christoph Alstedt on 6th of September 2012, a CD recording included. Additional performance by the second commissioner of two, Dalasinfoniettan, is planned for October 2012.

More information at:
Anders Paulsson


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Lisa Larsson in collaboration

June, 2011

Lisa Larsson, soprano. Photo: Andrea Diglas

Lisa Larsson
Photo: Andrea Digla

In January 2012 Martinsson will start a collaboration with the brilliant Swedish soprano Lisa Larsson. After numerous successes the last season, including Concertgebouw in Amstedam, Tonhalle in Zurich, Copenhagen Concert Hall, Suntory Hall in Tokyo/Frans Brüggen and International Bach Days Zürich, she ends this season by singing in Munich with the Münchner Philharmoniker under the baton of Ton Koopman. Lisa Larsson has accepted two Swedish performances of Martinsson's Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson, the 21st and 22nd of January 2012, together with Västerås and Jönköping Sinfoniettas, conducted by Hannu Koivula. A new Martinsson commission from a leading European orchestra is about to be confirmed. New orchestral songs for Lisa Larsson!

More information at:
Lisa Larsson


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2010

Bridge in Musikverein, Vienna

October, 2010

Musikverein, Vienna

Musikverein, Vienna

The Austrian premiere of Martinsson's trumpet concerto Bridge will take place in Musikverein, Vienna, December 2011. Three performances are programmed, December 1, 2 and 4. Additional performances in St. Pölten on December 5 and in Salzburg on January 13, 2012. Håkan Hardenberger, Tonkünstler Orchestra and John Storgårds.

More information at
Håkan Hardenberger
John Storgårds
Tonkünstler-Orchester


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Martin Fröst in Concert Fantastique - a huge success

October, 2010

Martin Fröst, clarinet

Martin Fröst
Photo: Mats Bäcker

The world premiere of Martinsson's clarinet concerto Concert Fantastique on 14th October was a huge success! Standing ovations by an enthusiastic audience. Fröst gave a stunning performance in collaboration with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Shi-Yeon Sung. Additional performances in Stockholm, Tromsø and Birmingham during 2011/2012.

More information at:
Martin Fröst
Shi-Yeon Sung
Malmö Symphony Orchestra


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Hardenberger's 50th performance of Bridge takes place in Tonhalle Zürich!

June, 2010

Tonhalle, Zürich

Tonhalle, Zürich

On 26th, 27th and 28th of January 2011 Håkan Hardenberger brings Martinsson's trumpet concerto Bridge to Switzerland for the Swiss premiere at Tonhalle Zürich together with Tonhalle-Orchester and Andris Nelsons. The third performance on January 28 celebrates Hardenberger's 50th live performance of the concerto since the world premiere in Gothenburg 1999! He has performed the piece worldwide in co-operation with Neeme Järvi, Alan Gilbert, Sakari Oramo, John Storgårds, Leif Segerstam, Mario Venzago, Marc Soustrot, James MacMillan, Olari Elts, Carlos Kalmar, B. Tommy Andersson and Mats Rondin. Performing orchestras include Gothenburg SO, Royal Stockholm PO, Malmö SO, Malmö Academy of Music SO, Detroit SO, Helsinki PO, Orchester der Beethovenhalle, Milwaukee SO, BBC SO, ORTVE, Oslo PO, Portugal National Orchestra and Bamberger Symphoniker.


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Austrian premiere in Konzerthaus, Vienna

June, 2010

Konzerthaus, Vienna.

Konzerthaus, Vienna

The Helsingborg SO under the baton of principal conductor Andrew Manze will tour Austria next March bringing Martinsson's Variations for Orchestra on themes from Dietrich Buxtehude. The Austrian premiere takes place in Konzerthaus, Vienna on the 29th of March. The piece is commissioned by the HSO and was premiered in 2007 by the same orchestra and condutor John Axelrod. Since then they have programmed Variations seven times including the Vienna performance.


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Martinsson's music at Venice Biennale 2010

June, 2010

Venice Opera House

Venice Opera House

Rolf Martinsson's String Quartet No. 1 is programmed for the Venice Biennale 2010 next September to be performed by La Fenice String Quartet. The Italian premiere takes place in wonderful Sale Apollinee at the Venice Opera House "Teatro La Fenice" on Sunday 26th.


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Norwegian premiere at Edvard Munch exhibition

June, 2010

Painting: Edvard Munch 'Strand, 1904'

Painting: Edvard Munch
"Strand, 1904"

From 5th to 14th of June 2010 Rolf Martinssion's solopiece Landscape for violin was performed a number of times by Norwegian Henning Kraggerud at the Munch exhibition at the Vestfold International Festival in Tønsberg, Norway. The idea, following the commission, was to let a number of composers write music to some Munch paintings presented at the exhibition. The painting Martinsson got his inspiration from was "Strand, 1904".


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US performances

June, 2010

Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra

Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra

Richard Hynson, Music Director of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, has programmed Martinsson's string piece A. S. in Memoriam for a performance on 20th of February 2011. The programme also includes Verklärte Nacht by Arnold Schoenberg. This is not a coincidence since "A. S." stands for Arnold Schoenberg, and a musical quotation from Verklärte Nacht can be heard in Martinsson's piece. The concert will take place in Calvary Presbyterian Church in Milwaukee. Maestro Hynson has already plans for another Martinsson piece in late Spring 2012. Already in 2004 Martinsson's trumpet concerto Bridge was performed in Milwaukee by Håkan Hardenberger and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Carlos Kalmar.


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Peter Sheppard Skærved in a Malmö-London co-operation

June, 2010

Wilton's Music Hall, London

Wilton's Music Hall, London

Last April brilliant violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved gave a stunning performance of Martinsson's violin duo Symbiosis together with Mihailo Trandafilovski at Wilton's Music Hall, London. They are a vital part of the famous string quartet "Kreutzer Quartet", with Peter as artistic leader. The quartet is invited to the Connect Festival 2011 in Malmö as Ensemble in Residence. During the study year 2010/2011 Peter will meet the composition students at the Malmö Academy of Music to inspire and encourage them to write music for different string combinations to be premiered at the Connect Festival 2011 by members of the quartet.

More information at:
Peter Sheppard Skærved
Mihailo Trandafilovski
Wilton's Music Hall


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Shimmering Blue - Magnus Båge's No. 20

March, 2010

Magnus Båge. Photo: Per-Erik Adamsson

Magnus Båge
Photo: Per-Erik Adamsson

In 2005 Magnus Båge premiered Martinsson's flute concerto Shimmering Blue, a co-commission by the Norrlandsoperan and Värmland Sinfonietta. On 11th of March 2010 Båge performed Shimmering Blue with Uppsala Chamber Orchestra/Paul Mägi which means 20 performances in all by Båge since the premiere. In Shimmering Blue Båge's invension "Expression Slide" is used for the first time. Cut from the premiere review:

"...I have listened to many first performances of contemporary music, but rarely has a work's orchestral attire conveyed such spontaneous and captivating beauty, nor has any solo part revealed so much of the instrument's hidden powers as in this solo concerto..."
Bengt Hultman/Västerbottenskuriren

Read more:
Magnus Båge/Shimmering Blue at YouTube
Magnus Båge/Energy at YouTube
Work Note for Shimmering Blue
Magnus Båge's homepage


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Open Mind on Tour to Japan

February, 2010

The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra is to be this year's touring orchestra for Toshiba Grand Concerts Tour 2010 and will tour Japan in February-March together with chief conductor Sakari Oramo. The programme features, among other things, Rolf Martinsson's concert overture, Open Mind, which will be performed in Fukuoka, Sendai and Hyogo, as well as at the two final concerts in Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

Suntory Hall, Tokyo

Suntory Hall, Tokyo

Open Mind was commissioned by Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and opened the Östersjö festival in 2005, where the premiere was conducted by Manfred Honeck. The piece is often performed both in Sweden and abroad, e.g. in England, Germany, Finland and Estonia. The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra Japan tour will give Open Mind its 36th performance and have indeed played the piece several times before, e.g. during the Stockholm International Composer Festival in November 2008, a festival shared by Martinsson and his Finnish colleague Kimmo Hakola.


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2009

Co-commission for Anders Paulsson

December, 2009

Anders Paulsson. Photo: Adam Stefan de Bassac

Anders Paulsson
Photo:
Adam Stefan de Bassac ©

The contract for Martinsson's Soprano Saxophone Concerto for Anders Paulsson has been signed by the two Swedish co-commissioners the Norrlandsoperan and the Dalasinfoniettan. The two premieres are planned to the 2011/2012 season, and a CD recording will be made by the Swedish label Phono Suecia and the Norrlandsoperan Symphony Orchestra.

Anders Paulsson is one of the pioneers commissioning new music for his instrument and he is a highly dedicated musician and one of Sweden's internationally top leading performing artists. This solo concerto will be Martinsson's number eight. Previous concertos are written for trumpet, trombone, cello, flute and violin, and his Clarinet Concerto and Double Bass Concerto will be finished during 2010.

More information about Anders Paulsson at:
Anders Paulsson's official homepage


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Marianne Jacobs tours Japan with Scorpius

July, 2009

Marianne Jacobs

Marianne Jacobs
Photo: Louise Martinsson ©

From the 2nd to the 12th of July Marianne Jacobs, piano, and Hugo Ticciati, violin, are touring Japan. Their programme includes Rolf Martinsson's piano piece Scorpius (1987) which will have its Japanese premiere and all together seven performances in Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe, Nishinomiya, Akashi and Shizuoka.

Scorpius has had more than 60 performances around the world and Marianne Jacobs, to whom the piece is dedicated, accounts for more than half of these concerts in Sweden, Brazil, Mexico, Portugal and now Japan. Scorpius is the first composition in a planned series of twelve, all representing signs of the Zodiac. So far nine of the pieces are finished.

More information about Jacobs at:
Musikhögskolan i Malmö


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Stunning reviews for Anne Sofie von Otter

May, 2009

The world premiere of Martinsson's Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson received stunning reviews in Manchester Evening News, Svenska Dagbladet and Sydsvenskan.

Anne Sofie von Otter

Anne Sofie von Otter

"...The concert was a triumph in particular for a composer who is Malmö's own, Rolf Martinsson...Martinsson creates sounds that are genuinely beautiful."
Robert Beale / Manchester Evening News

"...never before have I heard a musical costume so miraculously fitting the voice of a singer."
Carl-Gunnar Åhlén / Svenska Dagbladet

"...This is new music with great contact potential; Martinsson has found a recipe for success - if Ann Sofie von Otter catches on, "Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson" has the potential to interest and enchant an English and American audience as well."
Carl-Håkan Larsén / Sydsvenskan

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Open Mind selected for the WMD 2009

May, 2009

Wisby Strand Almedalen

Wisby Strand
Photo: Jörgen Borg

Martinsson's orchestral piece Open Mind has been selected for the World Music Days in Visby, Sweden, to be performed at the opening festival concert at Wisby Strand by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra on September 25, 2009 under the baton of one of Sweden's leading conductors, B. Tommy Andersson. The piece was selected by the international jury of ISCM, the International Society for Contemporary Music.


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World Premiere by Anne Sofie von Otter

March, 2009

Read reviews

Anne Sofie von Otter

Anne Sofie von Otter

Anne Sofie von Otter gave the world premiere of Martinsson's Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson together with the commissioner Malmö Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor Vassily Sinaisky on March 12 in Copenhagen's new concert hall. The premiere was live broadcasted by the Danish Radio P2 as well as the Swedish Radio P2. The world premiere was followed by the Swedish premiere on March 13 in Malmö Concert Hall and the UK premiere in Bridgewater Hall, Manchester on March 15. All three performances by von Otter, the MSO and maestro Sinaisky.

Martinsson about his work:

"Emily Dickinson's short, subtle and precise descriptions of brief moments fascinate me; the dawn that gradually covers the lawn with darkness, the carefree flight of the bumble bee in the summer breeze, the imperceptible change from summer to late summer or an intense meeting symbolized by the sparks of a cloven flint. The fact that the short poems often focus on one specific feeling or mood has inspired me to compose Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson as a suite of short movements, one for each character.

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

The movements are divided into three larger parts: Songs of Love, Songs of Nature and Songs of Life. In spite of the large number of instruments I've used a transparent instrumentation, focusing on details rather than tutti sections. Vibraphone, celesta and glockenspiel have got prominent roles and I have used a broad instrumental palette of colours in order to reflect all the poetical tints and shades of the lyrics. The aphoristic poems have clearly set their marks on musical form and instrumentation. I have tried to reflect the "music" of the poems, as I perceive it.

Copenhagen's new concert hall

Copenhagen's new concert hall

My aim has been to uncover their inherent music rather than forcing on them a specific musical style. This intuitive approach to creating music has characterized my works for some years now. Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson celebrates the lyric and intimate musical expression, and Anne Sofie von Otter's wonderful singing art has inspired me immensely during my work."

More information about von Otter at:
Deutsche Grammophon
IMG Artists


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Guest Professor at the Iceland Academy of the Arts

March, 2009

The Iceland Academy of the Arts

The Iceland Academy of the Arts

At the end of April 2009 Martinsson will be visiting Reykjavik and the Iceland Academy of the Arts (IAA) as guest professor in composition within a teachers exchange (Erasmus) between the Malmö Academy of Music (MAM) and the IAA. Last May, Kjartan Olafsson, Reykjavik, visited the Composition Department at the MAM.

In Spring 2008 the Composition Department at the MAM took the initiative to invite all the composition departments on higher University level in the Nordic and Baltic states, in order to start the compositioNetwork. The main idea was to discuss important topics like teaching, how to organize a composition department, how to create exchanges between teachers or students and so on, but also to create a strong network between institutions. The above Erasmus exchange with Olafsson mentioned could be seen as part of the compositioNetwork.

More information at:

compositioNetwork

Musikhögskolan i Malmö

The Iceland Academy of the Arts


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In focus - Håkan Hardenberger

February, 2009

Håkan Hardenberger. Photo: Marco Borggreve

Håkan Hardenberger
Photo: Marco Borggreve

The Swedish trumpet phenomenon, Håkan Hardenberger, has played an important role in bringing Martinssons music abroad. The trumpet concerto Bridge was written for Hardenberger in 1998 on commission by the Swedish National Orchestra, Gothenburg SO. The world premiere in April 1999, led by Neeme Järvi, was a really great success and since then Hardenberger has performed the piece worldwide with orchestras like the The BBC SO, Detroit SO, Milwaukee SO, Helsinki PO, Orchester der Beethovenhalle, Spanish Radio SO and Oslo PO as well as all major Swedish orchestras. Close co-operations with conductors like Neeme Järvi, Alan Gilbert, Sakari Oramo, Leif Segerstam, James MacMillan and Andris Nelsons have led to performances in Berlin (Philharmonie), London, Madrid, Detroit and Birmingham to mention a few.

Highlights 2009 include performances of Bridge (Hardenberger) with the Porto National Orchestra/Olari Elts, Bamberger Symphoniker/Andris Nelsons (Bamberg, Bayreuth, Schweinfurth) and Seoul PO/Mikko Frank. The Korean premiere will be Hardenberger's 48th live performance of Bridge! A recording of the piece is available at BIS (Trumpet Concertos, CD-1208) with Hardenberger/Gothenburg SO/Järvi. Detailed information about performances of Bridge, reviews, work note and more could be found at the top menu of this page.

List of Hardenbergers repertoire with music by Martinsson:

- Bridge - Trumpet Concerto No. 1

- Carillon, for brass ensemble (playing/conducting)

- Face to Face, for solo trumpet

- Donna Lee, arrangement for trumpet and percussion (Hardenberger/Colin Currie)

Håkan Hardenberger is since many years collegue to Martinsson at the Malmö Academy of Music where he holds the Chair in trumpet playing.

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Read more about Håkan Hardenberger


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Chamber Concerto No. 2 - a three part commission

February, 2009

The Uppsala Chamber Orchestra

Uppsala Chamber Orchestra

Martinsson is writing his second Chamber Concerto in close co-operation with three of the leading Swedish chamber orchestras. The Uppsala Chamber Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Västerås Sinfonietta take part in this co-commission. The world premiere with Uppsala Chamber Orchestra and chief conductor Paul Mägi takes place in the new wonderful concert hall in Uppsala on May 6, 2010. The Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Västerås Sinfonietta will programme the concerto for the 2010/2011 season. The instrumentation includes double woodwinds, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 1 timp/perc and strings. Duration about 20 minutes.


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In focus - Mats Rondin

January, 2009

Mats Rondin. Photo: Stefan Fallgren

Mats Rondin
Photo: Stefan Fallgren

Famous Swedish conductor and cellist Mats Rondin co-operates freequently with Rolf Martinsson in live performances, CD-recordings and broadcastings. On January 15 and 17, 2009, Martinsson's string orchestra piece, A. S. in Memoriam will be performed by Rondin and the Västerås Sinfonietta and on May 14, 2009 Rondin will perform the same piece with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. The concert will be broadcast by the EBU. Future performances of Martinsson's music in Spain, Germany and Sweden with Rondin conducting, are under discussion.

Earlier co-operations include the highly acclaimed CD portrait of Martinsson, OPEN MIND, in which Rondin conducts the flute concerto Shimmering Blue with Magnus Båge and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and the Cello Concerto with Mats Lidström and the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra. Rondin has also performed Martinsson's String Moments with the Isidor Chamber Orchestra (former Huaröd CO), A. S. in Memoriam with the Dalasinfoniettan, the trumpet concerto, Bridge, with Håkan Hardenberger and the Malmö Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. Furthermore he has made a recording of Martinsson's orchestral piece Dreams with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

List of Rondin's repertoire with music by Martinsson:

- Dreams

- A. S. in Memoriam

- Cello Concerto

- Shimmering Blue - Flute Concerto

- Bridge - Trumpet Concerto

- String Moments

Mats Rondin is since many years collegue to Martinsson at the Malmö Academy of Music where he holds the Chair in cello playing.

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Mats Rondin was born in 1960 and has played the cello since the age of seven. He has studied with some of the best teachers in the world, including William Pleeth, Ralph Kirshbaum and Mstislav Rostropovich.

Since his debut in 1976 he has established himself as one of the leading cellists of his generation with an impressively wide and varied repertoire. He has performed with most Scandinavian orchestras as well as with orchestras in France, Germany and many countries in Eastern Europe. He is also a noted chamber musician, and as such he has performed in Germany, Belgium, Poland, Finland, Holland (Concertgebouw) and Italy. In 2001 he was, together with such renowned cellists as Gutman, Maisky and Rostropovich, invited to the Riga Cello Festival, where he performed Gösta Nystroem's Sinfonia Concertante.

In the last few years Mats Rondin has emerged as a prominent conductor. He has conducted all the symphony orchestras and major chamber orchestras in Sweden. He is the founder of the very successful Isidor Chamber Orchestra consisting of the elite of young Swedish string musicians. In Scandinavia he has conducted the Odense Symphony and the Copenhagen Royal Opera Orchestra in Denmark as well as Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra in Norway.

He is, of course, continuing to perform as a cellist e.g. with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, with Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, and with various chamber orchestras. With the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra he combined his two roles when playing and conducting Aulis Sallinen's Cello Concerto.

Future engagements include new concerts with the symphony orchestras in Helsingborg, Norrköping, Malmö and Jönköping as well as with the Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He will also return to the Västerås Chamber Orchestra, Musica Vitae and the Skåne Dance Theatre and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.

Mats Rondin is currently professor of cello at the Malmö Academy of Music. He plays a cello built by Ferdinando Gagliano in 1772.

Mats Rondin features on many recordings, both as a cellist and conductor. He can be heard at Swedish Society, Caprice, BIS, Naxos and Vanguard Classics. His most recent recordings are Haydn's Cello Concerto in C major and Schönberg's Verklärte Nacht with Isidor Chamber Orchestra with Mats Rondin as conductor and soloist. With pianist Hans Pålsson he has recorded Beethoven's and Brahms' cello sonatas on Isidor Records.

Contact: Malin Gjörup, Svenska Konsertbyrån AB

Svenska Konsertbyrån


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Available orchestral works for programming the 09/10 season

January, 2009

Photo: Anders Åberg

Photo: Anders Åberg

A list of available orchestral works by Martinsson for programming the 09/10 season is presented in the following text. You'll find details about instrumentation and duration. For more details, such as alternate woodwinds and percussion instruments, please go to "Works" in the menu on top of page where you'll also find a "Play List" for each work. Go to "Listen" to hear the music and please find work notes and reviews under "Press". All material on hire from Gehrmans Musikförlag, Stockholm.

Concertos
Bridge - Trumpet Concerto (27')
3333 4331 timp 3perc 2ha pi/cel str
Fairlight - Trombone Concerto (20')
3333 4331 timp 3perc ha pi/cel str
Cello Concerto (26')
2222 4330 timp 2perc ha pi/cel str
Shimmering Blue - Flute Concerto (26')
2222 2210 perc str
Violin Concerto (28')
2222 2200 perc ha str
Voice / Orchestra
Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson (26')
2222 4220 timp 3perc ha pi/cel str
Vid tidens slut (15')
1110 0000 str
Orchestra
Dreams (26')
3333 4331 timp 3perc 2ha pi/cel str
Open Mind (10')
2222 4230 timp 2perc str
Variations for Orchestra (17')
2222 4231 timp perc str
Concerto for Orchestra (24')
3333 4331 timp 3perc ha str
String Orchestra
A. S. in Memoriam (12')
str orch. or 5-4-3-2-1 (two versions)
Kalliope (27')
5-4-3-2-1 or larger
String Moments (15')
5-4-3-2-1 or larger

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2008

Martinsson in focus at Composers Festival

November, 2008

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Sakari Oramo. Photo: Mats Lundqvist

RSPO and Sakari Oramo.
Photo: Mats Lundqvist


During November 6-15, 2008 Martinsson was one of two composers in focus during the composer festival at the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Christian Lindberg Photo: Mats Bäcker

Christian Lindberg
Photo: Mats Bäcker


More than 20 of his works were performed. The RSPO, lead by the new chief conductor Sakari Oramo, opened and closed the festival with music by Martinsson.

Håkan Hardenberger Photo: Marco Borggreve

Håkan Hardenberger
Photo:
Marco Borggreve


On November 6, Christian Lindberg performed the trombone concerto Fairlight, and the evening ended with the premiere of Concerto for Orchestra, both works commissioned by the RSPO. At the final concert on November 15, Open Mind and the trumpet concerto Bridge were performed with Håkan Hardenberger as trumpet soloist.

Mats Lidström Photo: Anders Åberg

Mats Lidström
Photo: Anders Åberg


The symphony orchestras of Norrköping (NSO) and Gävle also took part in the festival. On Nov. 7 Thomas Søndergård conducted NSO in A. S. in Memoriam and the Cello Concerto, with Mats Lidström as soloist. The Gävle SO, lead by Eva Ollikainen, gave a concert dedicated to Martinsson's music at Stockholm Concert Hall on Nov. 13.

Magnus Båge Photo: Simon Möller

Magnus Båge
Photo: Simon Möller


The concert, in co-operation with light designer Hans Fredholm, began with the flute concerto Shimmering Blue with Magnus Båge as soloist and Vid tidens slut with Jacques Werup. The intermission is followed by the orchestral piece Dreams and the Violin Concerto with soloist Jan Stigmer.

Jan Stigmer Photo: Pekka Mäenpää

Jan Stigmer
Photo: Pekka Mäenpää


Within the festival Martinsson's music was also performed by the Snyko, Avanti!, RSPO Wind Quintet, Duo Gelland, Anders Kilström and musicians from the RSPO.

Jacques Werup Photo: Jennifer Saxell

Jacques Werup
Photo: Jennifer Saxell


Live broadcastings from the Swedish Radio P2 on Nov. 6, 12 and 15 and recorded broadcastings on Nov. 13 and Dec. 1.

 

More information at the RSPO homepage at www.konserthuset.se


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World Premiere - Concerto for Orchestra
Sakari Oramo Photo: Mats Lundqvist

Sakari Oramo
Photo: Mats Lundqvist

November, 2008

The world premiere of Martinsson's Concerto for Orchestra opened the Stockholm International Composer Festival with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of the new chief conductor Sakari Oramo. The 24 minutes piece, written for large orchestra and commissioned by the RSPO, has three separate movements.


Stunning review in American Record Guide

November, 2008

David Moore, American Record Guide, gave Martinsson's new CD portrait OPEN MIND a stunning review. He writes:

CD cover to Open Mind

Open Mind CD cover

"Rolf Martinsson (b. 1956) knows how to make an orchestra sound exciting without making them sound crazy. This composer accepts music and musicians in a traditional kind of way, complete with all the fixings, harmony as she is taught, instruments as they are played, and, perhaps most important, life as it is lived. Then he expresses it all effortlessly in colourful, deeply felt orchestral expression, feeling no need to exaggerate any of life's elements at the expense of others but carrying us off into the world as it is, not as he wishes it were. Perhaps I should note that part of my enthusiasm is probably in response to some of the other recent composers I have been hearing who don't seem to feel satisfied with the world for one reason or another. But it is good to hear an excitingly colourful orchestral piece like Open Mind, a demanding but highly satisfying cello concerto played by a really fine cellist like Lidstrom. And then, just in case you liked the cadenzas, we have a solo cello piece based on that material, called Exposé. Finally comes a considerable 26-minutes-in-one-movement flute concerto called Shimmering Blue, emphasizing both a flute glissando technique and a matching orchestral sound. It is a lovely piece of many moods, played with considerable tonal variety by Bage. The whole program is recorded in beautifully resonant sound and I found it a satisfying experience with a sensitive composer."


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von Otter premieres Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson
Anne Sofie von Otter. Photo: Mats Bäcker

Anne Sofie von Otter.
Photo: Mats Bäcker

November, 2008

Anne Sofie von Otter premieres Martinsson's Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson in the new Radio House in Copenhagen, March 12, 2009. After the world premiere there will be a Swedish premiere in Malmö Concert Hall on March 13 and a UK premiere in Bridgewater Hall, Manchester on March 15. The commissioner, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, accompanies Otter under the baton of MSO's charismatic chief conductor, Vassily Sinaisky.

Autumn leaves. Photo: Louise Martinsson

Photo: Louise Martinsson

The songs, with lyrics by the American poet Emily Dickinson, which consist of ten short movements, are orchestrated for chamber orchestra with percussion, harp and piano/celesta. The songs are divided into three groups: Songs of Nature, Songs of Love and Songs of Life. Dickinson's beautiful garden seems to be a most important source for her wonderful imagination: the squirrel, the bumble bee, the grass, the leaves.

More information about von Otter at:

Deutsche Grammophon

IMG Artists


Fröst/Martinsson in collaboration
Martin Fröst. Photo: Mats Bäcker

Martin Fröst
Photo: Mats Bäcker

November, 2008

The Malmö Symphony Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will join in a co-commission of a clarinet concerto for Martin Fröst. The premiere is scheduled for the 2010/2011 season. Martinsson will write the concerto in close co-operation with the soloist.

More information about Martin Fröst at:

Martin Fröst's official home page

HarrisonParrott


Styffe - Oslo PO - Saraste

November, 2008

Dan Styffe

Dan Styffe

The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra have commissioned a double bass concerto from Martinsson for co-principal Dan Styffe, to be premiered late Spring 2011 in Oslo under the baton of Jukka-Pekka Saraste. Styffe will perform the concerto on a Gasparo da Salo, dated 1575!

 


Premiere for Martinsson's Newsletter
Rolf Martinsson's newsletter No. 1

February, 2008

Wednesday February 27, 2008, Martinsson's publisher Gehrmans Musikförlag released their first e-newsletter for composers, Composer News. The newsletter will have a wide international circulation and in the first issue, Martinsson's Eventful 2007, you can read about cooperation and performances 2007-2008. More information in Newsletter No. 1.


New scores at Gehrmans

January, 2008

During december 2007 Martinsson signed Gehrmans for two more pieces:

  • Variations for Orchestra on themes from Dietrich Buxtehude
  • Symbiosis, for two violins

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2007

CD release!

October, 2007

Cover to the CD Open Mind

Open Mind CD cover

Martinsson's second CD portrait, OPEN MIND, now available at Daphne Records. The CD includes:

  • Open Mind, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck
  • Cello Concerto No. 1, Mats Lidström, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Mats Rondin
  • Exposé, Concert Fantasy, Mats Lidström, cello
  • Shimmering Blue - Flute Concerto No. 1, Magnus Båge, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Mats Rondin

More info


Praise for Martinsson's violin concerto

September, 2007

An emotionally appealing piece
by Rikard Flyckt, Jönköpings-Posten

"Rolf Martinsson's violin concerto is written especially for Jan Stigmer and recently premiered by him and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra (...) Highly accessible and stunningly beautiful, this concerto speaks to the mind for sure (...) but it definitely stands out through its emotional quality. The solo part is incredibly handsome and beautiful, and with a soloist like Jan Stigmer there is absolutely nothing left to wish for. It's a great pity we haven't had the chance to hear him enough in recent years. But we have to make do with what we get, and on an evening like this he just gives so unbelievably much."


Northern Light project

September, 2007

Visit Magnus Båge's homepage and read about the exciting Northern Light project in which Martinsson's flute concerto Shimmering Blue exposes Båge's sensational flute invention Expression Slide for the first time ever!


Musikverein, Vienna
Musikverein in Vienna

Musikverein in Vienna

May, 2007

Rolf Martinsson's Trombone Concerto No. 1, Fairlight, was performed May 24, 2007 in Musikverein, Vienna by Christian Lindberg and Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of chief conductor Bertrand de Billy. At the same concert Mr. Lindberg will also perform his Arabenne for trombone and strings. Lindberg is Artist in Residence in Musikverein that week and will also give a concert with Swedish pianist Roland Pöntinen.


Two new scores at Gehrmans

April, 2007

During April 2007 Martinsson signed Gehrmans for two new pieces: VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1 and NATTVIOL for male choir a cappella.


New CD-release

March, 2007

Martinsson's Carillon for nine brass players will be released on CD, May 16 at Malmö Academy of Music. Teachers brass ensemble lead by Håkan Hardenberger. The recording is part of the Malmö Academy of Music - 100 years! celebration.


New scores at Gehrmans
CD cover for Brass

Brass CD cover

March, 2007

Recently Martinsson signed Gehrmans for seven new pieces: CARILLON for nine brass players, MOUTHPIECE for male choir, CAPRICCIO for violin, CHORDS AND BELLS for organ, EXPOSÉ, CONCERT FANTASY for cello, AQUARIUS for piano and FACE IT! for trumpet.


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2006

Rosenberg Prize 2007
Hilding Rosenberg

Hilding
Rosenberg

December, 2006

At the first of December 2006 Martinsson received the "Rosenberg Prize 2007" from the Swedish Composers Society.

 


New CD portrait
Cover to the CD Open Mind

Open Mind CD cover

November, 2006

Martinsson's second CD-portrait (DAPHNE RECORDS) will be released at the end of 2007. The CD will include Cello Concerto No. 1, Shimmering Blue (flute concerto), Open Mind (orchestra) and Exposé (cello). Mats Lidström (cello), Magnus Båge (flute), Manfred Honeck and Mats Rondin (conductors), Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra and Norrköping Symphony Orchestra.


Read article in Highlights

June, 2006

Read Staffan Storm's article about Martinsson in Gehrmans Musikförlag's newsletter Highlights no. 19/2006.


Martinsson having masterclass in Vienna

May, 2006

Martinsson visits Vienna in May for a masterclass in composition at Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst and a performance by Duo Gelland of Symbiosis at Alte Schmiede, Kunstverein.


von Otter/Martinsson in cooperation

April, 2006

Anne Sofie von Otter premieres Martinsson's ORCHESTRAL SONGS with Malmö Symphony Orchestra in Malmö concert hall 2008/2009.


Fairlight in Musikverein, Vienna

March, 2006

Two performances of FAIRLIGHT confirmed at Musikverein in Vienna, 24 and 25 May, 2007. Christian Lindberg, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bertrand de Billy.


Martinsson signs Gehrmans Musikförlag

February, 2006

Recently Martinsson signed with the music publisher Gehrmans Musikförlag in Stockholm. Nine orchestral works are included in the contract: Bridge, Fairlight, Cello Concerto, Shimmering Blue, Dreams, Open Mind, A. S. in Memoriam, Kalliope and String Moments.


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2005

Swedish Music Publishers Award 2005

October, 2005

Martinsson's trombone concerto FAIRLIGHT, written for Christian Lindberg and The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra got The Swedish Music Publishers Award 2005:
"The Most Significant Contemporary Music Work of the Year"


New CD recording!
CD cover for Solo

Solo CD cover

May, 2005

Martinsson's LEO, GEMINI and LIBRA for piano now available on Daphne Records (DAPHNE 1018). Anders Kilström/piano
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Martinsson premiered in London

March, 2005

Martinsson premiered in London:
From-Sweden.com
BBC Symphony Orchestra


New CD recording!
CD cover for Flames

Flames CD cover

February, 2005

Martinsson's COLOURED FLAMES for woodwind quintet now available on Daphne Records (DAPHNE 1019). The Amadé Quintet
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2004

CD portrait
CD cover for Dreams

Dreams CD cover

October, 2004

A portrait of Rolf Martinsson on Daphne Records (DAPHNE 1022). Jacques Werup/Malmö Symphony Orchestra /Christoph König/Marcus Lehtinen.
DREAMS: CD of the week in Swedish Radio P2/Aurora, October 11-15, 2004.
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