Rolf Martinsson - Composer

Rolf Martinsson
- Composer
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Martinsson is one of Sweden's internationally leading composers. He serves as professor of composition at the Malmö Academy of Music and is a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

In 2008 Martinsson was featured composer at Stockholm International Composer Festival. Furthermore he was Composer in Residence (CiR) with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, as well as with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra.

https://www.rolfmartinsson.com
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Rolf Martinsson - Malmö (SWE)

Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Ruth Reinhardt (Conductor) and Lisa Larsson (Soprano)

Martinsson - Traumreise (Dream journeys). Based on songs by Franz Berwald.

Location: Malmö Live

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Rolf Martinsson - Luzern (CH)

Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, James Gaffigan (Conductor) and Lisa Larsson (Soprano)

Martinsson - Traumreise (Dream journeys). Based on songs by Franz Berwald.

Location: Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern

Rolf Martinsson - Luzern (CH)

Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, James Gaffigan (Conductor) and Lisa Larsson (Soprano)

Martinsson - Traumreise (Dream journeys). Based on songs by Franz Berwald.

Location: Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern

Rolf Martinsson - Stockholm (SWE)

Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, James Gaffigan (Conductor) and Lisa Larsson (Soprano)

Martinsson - Traumreise (Dream journeys). Based on songs by Franz Berwald.

Location: Concert Hall

Rolf Martinsson - Osby (SWE)

Hans Pålsson (Piano)

Martinsson - Libra

Location: Osby Church

Rolf Martinsson - Osby (SWE)

Lisa Larsson (Soprano), Hans Pålsson (Piano)

Martinsson - Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson

Location: Osby Church

Rolf Martinsson - Solingen

GERMAN PREMIERE

Bergische Symphoniker, Daniel Huppert (Conductor), Lisa Larsson (Soprano)

Martinsson - Ich denke dein...

Location: Konzerthaus Solingen

Rolf Martinsson - Remscheid

Bergische Symphoniker, Daniel Huppert (Dirigent), Lisa Larsson (Sopran)

Martinsson - Ich denke dein...

Ort: Teo Otto Theater Remscheid

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Rolf Martinsson - Jönköping (SWE)

Jönköping Sinfonietta, Miguel Romea (Conductor) und Lisa Larsson (Soprano)

Martinsson - Traumreise (Dream journeys). Based on songs by Franz Berwald.

Location: Spira

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Rolf Martinsson - Norrköping (SWE)

Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Karl Heinz Steffens (Conductor), Lisa Larsson (Soprano)

Martinsson - Ich denke dein...

Location: DeGeerhallen

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Rolf Martinsson - Dalby (SWE)

Dalby Chamber Choir, Anita Andersson (Conductor), Lisa Larsson (Soprano)

Martinsson - Lukaspassionen

Location: Dalby Church

Rolf Martinsson - Umeå (SWE)

Umeå Church Choir, Jonas Östlund (Conductor), Lisa Larsson (Soprano)

Martinsson - Lukaspassionen

Location: Umeå Church

Rolf Martinsson - Malmö (SWE)

Malmö Opera Orchestra, Patrik Ringborg (Conductor), Hanna Husáhr (Soprano)

Martinsson - Ich denke dein...

Location: Malmö Opera

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Rolf Martinsson - Zürich (CH)

WORLD PREMIERE OF THE GERMAN VERSION

Bach Collegium Zürich Choir and Ensemble , Berhard Hunziker (Conductor), Lisa Larsson (Soprano)

Martinsson - Lukaspassionen

Location: Neumünster church

Rolf Martinsson - Orsa (SWE)

Orsa Church Choir and Canzonetta, Kettil Skarby (Conductor), Ulf Lundmark (Bariton), Åsa Sundstedt (Organ), Gunilla Öbrink (Recitation), Alexandra Särström (Soprano saxophone), Sven-George Zeitler (Cello), Mirjam Hübinette (Mezzo-soprano)

Martinsson - Lukaspassionen

Location: Orsa church

Rolf Martinsson - Riga (LVA)

Sinfonietta Riga, Normunds Sne (Conductor), Lisa Larsson (Soprano)

Martinsson - Garden of Devotion

Location: Riga

Martinsson is one of Sweden's internationally leading composers. He serves as professor of composition at the Malmö Academy of Music and is a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

In 2008 Martinsson was featured composer at Stockholm International Composer Festival with some 20 performances by Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (PO) under the direction of Sakari Oramo, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra (SO) and Gävle SO, Håkan Hardenberger and Christian Lindberg among others. Martinsson was Composer in Residence (CiR) with Malmö SO 2002-2006 and with Netherlands PO and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (CO) 2014-2015 with eight performances at Concertgebouw, a collaboration that has been extended with future performances, a new commission and a CD-recording with Lisa Larsson as soloist.

During 2014-2017 Martinsson was also CiR with Helsingborg SO including tours, pedagogical projects and a commission. He has also been CiR with Musica Vitae and with Dalasinfoniettan at Martin Fröst's Vinterfest. Martinsson's collaborations have led to performances in venues such as Carnegie Hall, New York, Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Vienna, Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, Berlin, Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall, London, Salzburger Festspielhaus and Suntory Hall, Opera City Hall and Metropolitan Art Space, Tokyo.

Rolf Martinsson's music is performed by orchestras such as Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit SO, Boston SO, BBC SO, City of Birmingham SO, NDR Sinfonieorchester, Bamberger Symphoniker, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Vienna Radio Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchester, Academy of St Martin in the Fields and all the major Nordic orchestras in collaboration with conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Alan Gilbert, Sakari Oramo, Neeme Järvi, Manfred Honeck, Edward Gardner, Vassily Sinaisky, Vasily Petrenko, John Storgårds, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Rumon Gamba, Andrew Manze, Johannes Gustavsson, Stefan Solyom and soloists such as Anne Sofie von Otter, Ole Edvard Antonsen, Hans Pålsson, Roland Pöntinen, Anders Paulsson, Christian Lindberg, Mats Lidström and Edicson Ruiz.

The successful collaboration with Swedish soprano Lisa Larsson, now exceeding 120 performances, has led to major commissions such as Ich denke Dein... (2014) for soprano and orchestra, co-commissioned by Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Helsinki PO, Netherlands PO, Gothenburg SO and Philharmonia Orchestra. Iceland SO, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Melbourne SO, Royal Stockholm PO, Malmö SO and Helsingborg SO have also been part of this collaboration. Garden of Devotion (2014) for soprano and string orchestra was commissioned by Musica Vitae together with the Netherlands CO, Scottish CO, Stuttgart CO, Staatskapelle Weimar, Lapland CO, Norrköping SO, Helsingborg SO, Västerås Sinfonietta, Uppsala CO and Swedish CO.

The collaboration also includes Into Eternity (2015) for soprano and orchestra – premiered at the inauguration of the new concert hall in Malmö, Malmö Live, in August the same year, live broadcast on Swedish Radio P2 and recorded for Swedish Television – and To the Shadow of Reality (2013) for soprano and string quartet. The collaboration started with the elaboration of the high version of Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson (2009) for soprano and orchestra, a piece that now also has a version for soprano and piano. Lisa Larsson has premiered all the works, which are also dedicated to her including Martinsson's St. Luke's Passion (2012) in version for soprano.

In May 2018 a CD portrait of Martinsson's music was released on BIS label, "Presentiment". Larsson is represented on the recording with the Dickinson songs. Another three CD portraits will be released on BIS and Challenge Records, with Lisa Larsson as soloist. Future collaborations include orchestrations of vocal music by Mendelssohn and Zemlinsky, a semistaged work on poems by William Blake and Traumreise (2018), based on songs by Franz Berwald, a concept created by Larsson.

The earlier collaboration with Håkan Hardenberger resulting in Airy Flight (2012) for trumpet and strings and the most successful trumpet concerto Bridge (1998) quickly led to the international scene and the concerto has been frequently performed since the premiere in 1999. A. S. in Memoriam (1999) for string orchestra and the orchestral concert opener Open Mind (2005) have also had numerous performances.

Martinsson composed his clarinet concerto Concert Fantastique (2010) and the chamber version Suite Fantastique (2011), clarinet and piano, inspired by Martin Fröst. Both pieces are premiered by and dedicated to Fröst.

The soprano saxophone concerto Golden Harmony (2012), a work influenced by the jazz idiom, was premiered by Anders Paulsson, and the Double Bass Concerto (2011) was premiered by Dan Styffe and has in recent years been adapted by many bassists and programmed by, among others, Edicson Ruiz with several orchestras in Europe, South America and Asia, among them the Youth Orchestra of Caracas.

Rolf Martinsson has received the awards "Stora Christ Johnson-priset" and "Rosenbergpriset" as well as Litteris et Artibus. His music is well represented by labels like BIS and Daphne Records, and several European orchestras have toured his music internationally, of which might be mentioned the Royal Stockholm PO, Gothenburg SO, Malmö SO, Norrköping SO, Helsingborg SO, Helsinki PO, Netherlands CO and Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

Future commissions include an opera, Amy, commissioned by the Royal Swedish Opera, and new works for Lisa Larsson in collaboration with Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Malmö SO and NorrlandsOperan SO among others.

Changes and alterations require prior consultation with Grunau & Paulus Music Management.

© Louise Martinsson

F. Mendelssohn: ”Infelice”. Lisa Larsson, Malin Broman, Musica Vitae. Orch. R. Martinsson

Lisa Larsson sings Martinsson: ”To the Shadow of Reality”. Malin Broman/Musica Vitae

Magnus and Alfred - Suite Fantastique

Concert Fantastique

Rolf Martinsson - Golden Harmony

Martinsson | Garden of Devotion | Lisa Larsson | Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

A unique collaboration - Lisa Larsson, soprano & Rolf Martinsson, composer

Rolf Martinsson - ett tonsättarporträtt med Lisa Larsson, Roland Pöntinen och Kreutzer Quartet

Lisa Larsson at Concertgebouw singing Martinsson’s ”Garden of Devotion”

Lisa Larsson and Daniel Hällström soloists in Martinsson’s ”Lukaspassion”

Into Eternity

Opening Sounds - Ich denke dein... - Tour de Force - Into Eternity
With Lisa Larsson (Soprano) and Paul Mägi (Conductor) with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra

Label: BIS
LC: LC03240
Distribution: BIS
EAN: 7318599923239
Release: 07.2019


Garden of Devotion

With Lisa Larsson (Soprano) und Gordan Nikolić (1. Violin) with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Label: Challenge Classics
LC: LC81999
Distribution: Challenge Records
EAN: 0608917275421
Release: 15.02.2019


Presentiment

With Lisa Larsson (Soprano), Sakari Oramo (Conductor) and Andrew Manze (Conductor) with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Label: BIS
LC: LC03240
Distribution: BIS
EAN: 7318599921334
Release: 05.2018


Roots

With Martin Fröst (Clarinet) and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Label: Sony Classical
LC: LC06868
Distribution: Sony Classical
EAN: 0888750652928
Release: 05.02.2016


Lukaspassionen

With Jeanette Köhn (Soprano), Patrik Sandin (Bariton) and the Gustaf Sjökvists kammarkör

Label: ICTUS Music Production
Distribution: ICTUS Music Production
Release: 14.04.2014


Dadodado

Six Miniatures from New Colours for Guitar
With Mats Bergström (Guitar)

Label: Mats Bergström
Distribution: Mats Bergström
Release: 2014


Munch Suite

Landscape
With Henning Kraggerud (Violin)

Label: SIMAX Classics
LC: LC05789
Distribution: SIMAX
Release: 07.10.2013


Cello & Guitar

Twins
With Helge Waldeland (Violoncello)

Label: EUTERPE MUSICA
LC: LC24643
Release: 2013


Swedish Concertos for Soprano Saxophone

Golden Harmony
WIth Anders Paulsson (Soprano Saxophon) and Christoph Altstaedt (Conductor) with the NorrlandsOperan Symphony Orchestra

Label: Phono Suecia
LC: LC17408
EAN: 7391971001886
Release: 2012


Secret Memories

Double Bass Concerto
With Dan Styffe (Double bass) and Jukka-Pekka Saraste (Conductor) and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Label: SIMAX Classics
LC: LC05789
EAN: 7033662013241
Release: 25.09.2012


Duo Gelland - Violin Duos Vol. 3

With the Duo Gelland

Label: NOSAG
LC: LC17320
Distribution: NOSAG RECORDS
EAN: 7330560071527
Release: 28.02.2008


Open Mind

Open Mind
Cello Concerto No. 1
Exposé
Shimmering Blue

Mats Lidström – cello
Magnus Båge – flute
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Manfred Honeck
Mats Rondin

Label: Daphne Records
LC: LC38872
Distribution: Naxos Direct
Release: 11.10.2007


Brass

Carillon
With Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)

Malmö Academy of Music
Brass teachers at Malmö Academy of Music

Release: 2007


Solo

Libra - Gemini - Leo
With Anders Kilström (Piano)

Label: DAPHNE Records
LC: LC16526
Distribution: DAPHNE
EAN: 7330709010189
Release: 09./10.2006


Flames

Coloured Flames
With the Amade Quintet

Label: Daphne Records
LC: LC16526
Distribution: NAXOS Direct
EAN: 0733351325668
Release: 2004


Dreams

With the Malmö Symphony Orchestra

Label: Daphne Records
LC: LC38872
Distribution: Naxos Direct
EAN: 0743230868056
Release: 21.09.2004


Trio con Forza

Tics
With Hot 3

Label: Phono Suecia
LC: LC17408
EAN: 7391971001480
Release: 2003


Trumpet Concertos

Bridge
With Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet) and Neeme Järvi (Conductor) with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Label: BIS
LC: LC03240
Distribution: BIS
EAN: 7318590012086
Release: 12.2002


Gunnar Spjuth

Reflections
With Gunnar Spjuth (Guitar)

Label: dB-productions
LC: LC16529
Release: 2001


Music for Bass Clarinet & Piano

Bass Instinct, Prélude sans fugue
With Michael Davenport (Bass Clarinet) and Kimberly Davenport (Piano)

Label: Alea Recording and Tacoma New Music
Release: 2000


O, kom i våra hjärtan in

Mit Monica Wasberg (Conductor) and the Luleå Kammarkör

Release: 1999


Scania Sonans

Vattennätter
With Dan-Olof Stenlund (Conductor) and the Malmö Kammarkör

Label: dB-productions
Release: 1997


Whiz

Whiz
With Terje Thiwång (Flute) und Roger Svedberg (Percussion)

Label: dB-productions
Release: 1996


Among Friends

Virgo
With Olof Höjer (Piano)

Label: Malmö Audio Production
Release: 1996


Vågspel

Monogram, Monodi
With Sven-Olof Juvas (Tuba)

Label: Kultur i Sörmland
LC: LC17041
Release: 1996


Piano / Infogram

Scorpius
With Marianne Jacobs (Piano)

Label: STIM/Svensk Musik
Release: 1992


Blow

Triptyk
With Tommie Lundberg (Bass Clarinet) and Olle Sjöberg (Piano)

Label: Fylkingen Records
Release: 1991