Martin Fröst

Martin Fröst is one of the most critically acclaimed instrumentalists of today. He is in demand all over the globe as a soloist with the world’s leading orchestras, as well as a chamber musician and recitalist.

Fröst has toured Europe performing as a soloist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. He has also performed with the Wiener Symphoniker, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Oslo Philharmonic. He is currently Artist-in-Residence with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, where he has worked with conductor Gustavo Dudamel, at  Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and at London’s Wigmore Hall. As a conductor, he has worked with the Oslo Philharmonic, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.

Martin Fröst is an exemplary exponent of new repertoire for the clarinet, commissioning a large and varied selection brand new works for solo clarinet and orchestra, such as Anders Hillborg's Peacock Tales and the Clarinet Concertos by Kalevi Aho, Rolf Martinsson and Bent Sørensen. In his interpretations of the clarinet’s best-loved standard repertoire, he managed to turn heads the world over, most notably performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto at his Mostly Mozart Festival début in New York in 2012. The New York Times hailed him a true world-class virtuoso: “Fröst exhibited a virtuosity and a musicianship unsurpassed by any clarinetist — perhaps any instrumentalist — in my memory.”

His recording of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Swedish record label BIS proved record-breaking: it has led to well over 250,000 sales, making it the best-selling BIS album ever produced! With BIS, he has also recorded clarinet concertos by Aaron Copland, Bernhard Henrik Crusell, Vagn Holmboe, Christopher Rouse and Carl Nielsen.

Fröst exhibited a virtuosity and a musicianship unsurpassed by any clarinetist — perhaps any instrumentalist — in my memory.

Fröst is the Artistic Director of Vinterfest, an extraordinary winter chamber music festival held annually in Mora, Sweden. He is also Artistic Director of the International Chamber Music Festival in Stavanger, Norway. He has championed many clarinet chamber music, notably the Brahms Trio in A minor op. 114 and Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581.

In 2013 Fröst collaborated with the Stockholm Philharmonic on a unique multi-disciplinary conceptual performance, called Dollhouse, incorporating music, choreography and light, pushing the boundaries of orchestral performances. A documentary about the Dollhouse project was recorded for television and proved very popular.

The Art Desk wrote about Martin´s Wigmore recital in March 2010: "It’s tempting to say that if Martin Fröst didn’t play the clarinet then he’d be an actor or a dancer. But he is an actor and a dancer and at one point during this scintillating recital he even sang, too – whilst playing the clarinet at the same time, of course." 

Martin Fröst’s sheer versatility combined with his deep expressiveness and impeccable technical skill make him one of the most superb performers the classical world has seen.



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...he is an actor and a dancer...

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