Rolf Martinsson - Composer

Rolf Martinsson
- Composer

Contact:
Antonia Paulus
 
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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 - Malmö (SE)

Lukaspassionen

Lisa Larsson / Peter Boman / Malmö Academy of Music chamber choir and ensemble / Mats Paulson

Location: Andreaskyrkan

Rolf Martinsson - Helsingborg (SE)

Lukaspassionen

Lisa Larsson / Peter Boman / Malmö Academy of Music chamber choir and ensemble / Mats Paulson

Location: Gustav Adolf Kyrka

Rolf Martinsson - Orsa (SE)

Lukaspassionen

Lars Johansson Brissman / Gottsundakören + Orsakören / Kettil Skarby

Location: Orsa Kyrka

Rolf Martinsson - Uppsala (SE)

Lukaspassionen

Lars Johansson Brissman / Gottsundakören + Uppsala Domkyrkas kör / Kettil Skarby

Location: Uppsala Domkyrka

Rolf Martinsson - Porto (P)

Suite fantastique

Magnus Holmander (clarinet), David Huang (piano) 

Location: Casa de Música, Porto

Rolf Martinsson - Stockholm (SE)

Concert Fantastique

Magnus Holmander, clarinet / Swedish Wind Ensemble / B. Tommy Andersson

Location: Kungliga Musikhögskolan

Rolf Martinsson - Istanbul (TR)

Golden Harmony - Soprano Saxophone Concerto

Anders Paulsson, soprano saxophone / Turkish National Youth Philharmonic / Cem Mansur, conductor

Location: Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall

Rolf Martinsson - Helsingborg (SE)

Shimmering Islands

Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra / Stefan Solyom

Location: Concert Hall

Rolf Martinsson - Luleå (SE)

Lukaspassion

Magnus Holmander (clarinet), David Huang (piano)  

Location: Lilla salen, Kulturens hus (Luleå)

Rolf Martinsson - Birmingham (UK)

Suite Fantastique

Magnus Holmander, clarinet / David Huang, piano

Location: Town Hall & Symphony Hall

Rolf Martinsson - Helsingborg (SE)

New piece for female choir

Helsingborgs Vokalensemble, Marianne Ivarsson 

Location: Mariakyrkan, Helsingborg

Rolf Martinsson - Stockholm (SE)

Scorpius

Natacha Kudritskaya (piano)

Location: Ulriksdal Palace Theatre, Confidensen

Rolf Martinsson - Nora (SE)

Libra

Hans Pålsson, piano

Location: Nora Chamber Music Festival

Rolf Martinsson - Nora (SE)

Blake Fragments

Lisa Larsson, soprano / Katarina Andreasson, violin / Hans Pålsson, piano

Location: Nora Chamber Music Festival

Rolf Martinsson - Nora (SE)

To the Shadow of Reality

Lisa Larsson, soprano / KVARTS string quartet

Location: Nora Chamber Music Festival

Rolf Martinsson - Kissingen

To the Shadow of Reality

Lisa Larsson / Boulanger Trio

Location: Kissinger Sommer

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.

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
EAN: 7318599923239
Distribution: BIS
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
EAN: 0608917275421
Distribution: Challenge Records
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
EAN: 7318599921334
Distribution: BIS
Release: 05.2018

Roots

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

Label: Sony Classical
LC: 06868
EAN: 0888750652928
Distribution: Sony Classical
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
EAN: 7330560071527
Distribution: NOSAG RECORDS
Release: 28.02.2008

Open Mind

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
EAN: 7330709010189
Distribution: DAPHNE
Release: 09./10.2006

Flames

Coloured Flames
With the Amade Quintet

Label: Daphne Records
LC: LC16526
EAN: 0733351325668
Distribution: NAXOS
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: 03240
EAN: 7318590012086
Distribution: BIS
Release: 12.2002

Dedicated to Hans Pålsson

Libra
With Hans Pålsson (Piano)

Label: Chamber Sound
LC: LC16463
Release: 2001

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

VÖ: 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


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