Rolf Martinsson

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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.

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.

Rolf Martinsson - Baden-Baden

Suite Fantastique

ECHO Rising Stars Tour
Magnus Holmander – clarinet
David Huang – piano

Location: Festspielhaus

Rolf Martinsson - Umeå (SE)

Traumreise on Songs by Franz Berwald
 
Concept Lisa Larsson
Orchestration Rolf Martinsson
Lisa Larsson – soprano
NorrlandsOperan Symphony Orchestra
Johannes Gustavsson – conducto

Location: NorrlandsOperan

Rolf Martinsson - Amsterdam (NL)

Suite Fantastique
 
ECHO Rising Stars Tour
Magnus Holmander – clarinet
David Huang – piano

Location: Concertgebouw

Rolf Martinsson - Wien (AT)

Suite Fantastique
 
ECHO Rising Stars Tour
Magnus Holmander – clarinet
David Huang – piano

Location: Brahms-Saal

Rolf Martinsson - Barcelona (ES)

Suite Fantastique
 
ECHO Rising Stars Tour
Magnus Holmander – clarinet
David Huang – piano

Location: L'Auditori

Rolf Martinsson - Zürich (CH)

Garden of Devotion
 
Lisa Larsson – soprano
Zürich Camerata
Hugo Bollschweiler – conductor

Location: Lecture Hall, Zürich University Zürich

Rolf Martinsson - Zürich (CH)

Garden of Devotion
 
Lisa Larsson – soprano
Zürich Camerata
Hugo Bollschweiler – conductor

Location: Main Hall, Zürich Academy of Music

Rolf Martinsson - Hamburg

Suite Fantastique
 
ECHO Rising Stars Tour
Magnus Holmander – clarinet
David Huang – piano

Location: Elbphilharmonie

Rolf Martinsson - Linköping (SE)

Concert Fantastique

Magnus Holmander – clarinet
Östgöra Blåsarsymfoniker
Andreas Hanson – conductor

Location: Crusellhallen

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.

08/2019

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

NEW RELEASE

INTO ETERNITY

BIS | 2019

Opening Sounds, Ich denke Dein..., Tour de force, Into Eternity

Lisa Larsson – soprano

Malmö Symphony Orchestra

Paul Mägi, conductor

 

Garden of Devotion

Challenge Classics | 2019

Garden of Devotion

A. S. in Memoriam

Till skuggan av en verklighet

Landscape

Kalliope

 

Lisa Larsson – soprano

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Gordan Nikolic – violin, artistic leader

 

 

PRESENTIMENT

BIS | 2018

Open Mind

Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson

A. S. in Memoriam

Concerto for Orchestra

 

Lisa Larsson – soprano

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Andrew Manze – conductor

Sakari Oramo – conductor

 

ROOTS

Sony Classical | 2015

Arrangement From "Five Pieces in Folk Style, op. 102" by Robert Schumann

Martin Fröst – clarinettist

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic

 

Lukaspassionen

ICTUS | 2015

Lukaspassionen

Jeanette Köhn – soprano

Patrik Sandin – baritone

Gustan Sjökvists Kammarkör

Instrumental ensemble

Gustav Sjökvist

 

Dadodado

Mats Bergström | 2014

Six Miniatures from New Colours for Guitar

Mats Bergström – Guitar

 

MUNCH SUITE

SIMAX Classics | 2013

Landscape 

Henning Kraggerud – Violin

 

CELLO & GUITAR

EUTERPE MUSICA | 2013

Twins

Hege Waldeland – Cellist

 

Swedish Concertos for Soprano Saxophone

Phono Suecia | 2012

Golden Harmony

Anders Paulsson – Soprano Saxophone

NorrlandsOperan Symphony Orchestra

Christoph Altstaedt – Conductor

 

Secret Memories

SIMAX Classics|2012

Double Bass Concerto 

Dan Styffe – Bassist

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Jukka-Pekka Saraste – Conductor

 

Duo Gelland - Violin Duos vol. 3

Nosag Records | 2007

Symbiosis

Duo Gelland – Violins

 

OPEN MIND

Daphne Records | 2007

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

 

BRASS

Malmö Academy of Music | 2007

Carillon 

Håkan Hardenberger – Trumpet

Brass teachers at Malmö Academy of Music

 

SOLO

Daphne Records | 2005

Libra

Gemini

Leo

Anders Kilström – Piano

 

FLAMES

Daphne Records | 2004

Coloured Flames 

Amade Quintet

 

DREAMS

Daphne Records | 2004

Kalliope

Vid tidens slut

A. S. in Memoriam

 

Jacques Werup – Voice

Malmö Symphony Orchestra

Christoph König – Conductor

Markus Lehtinen – Conductor

 

TRIO CON FORZA

Phono Suecia | 2003

Tics

 

Trumpet Concertos

BIS | 2002

Bridge

Håkan Hardenberger – Trumpeter

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

 

Dedicated to Hans Pålsson

Chamber Sound | 2001

Libra

Hans Pålsson – Piano

 

 

Gunnar Spjuth

dB-productions | 2001

Reflexer

Gunnar Spjuth – Guitar

 

Music for Bass Clarinet & Piano

Alea Recording and Tacoma New Music | 2000

Bassic Instinct

Prélude sans fugue

Michael Davenport – Bass Clarinet

Kimberly Davenport – Piano

 

O, kom i våra hjärtan in

Luleå Kammarkör | 1999 

Luleå Kammarkör

Monica Wasberg – Conductor

 

Scania Sonans

dB-productions | 1997

Vattennätter

Malmö Kammarkör

Dan-Olof Stenlund – Conductor

 

Whiz

dB-productions | 1996

Whiz 

Terje Thiwång – Flute

Roger Svedberg – Percussion

 

Among Friends

Malmö Audio Production | 1996

Virgo 

Olof Höjer – Piano

 

Vågspel

Kultur i Sörmland | 1996

Monogram

Monodi

Sven-Olof Juvas – Tuba

Mälarkvintetten

 

Piano/Infogram

STIM/Svensk Musik | 1992

Scorpius 

Marianne Jacobs – Piano

 

Blow

Fylkingen Records | 1991

Triptyk 

Tommie Lundberg – Bass Clarinet

Olle Sjöberg – Piano


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