Undoubtedly one of the most outstanding wind instrumentalists of today, MARTIN FRÖST works at a major level throughout the world – with repertoire which encompasses not only all of the mainstream clarinet works, but also includes a number of contemporary commissions which Martin has personally championed, including Anders Hillborg’s Peacock Tales (which incorporates elements of mime and dance) and Kalevi Aho’s Concerto (which was commissioned for him by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust). Last season, he premiered a concerto by Rolf Martinsson (co-commissioned by City of Birmingham and Malmö symphony orchestras) and in 2012/13 he performs a new concerto by Bent Sørensen, which will be performed by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Amsterdam and Cologne.
Future orchestral highlights include performances with the Wiener Symphoniker, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Symphony, the Minnesota and Yomiuri symphony orchestras (all under Osmo Vänskä), the Göteborgs Symfoniker (under Gustavo Dudamel), the Oslo Philharmonic, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Iceland Symphony, the City of Birmingham Symphony (under Edward Gardner), and the BBC and Scottish Symphony orchestras (under Donald Runnicles), as well as the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester (under James Gaffigan) and Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (under Krzysztof Urbanski).
A keen recitalist and chamber musician, Martin Fröst gave five concerts as part of a major residency at the Kölner Philharmonie in 2010/11, including a dance program titled “Double Points” with violinist Janine Jansen (choreographed by Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten) as well as a “Folk Evening” with the Swedish folk group Frifot. In the 2011/12 season Fröst performs in venues such as Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, and the Konzerthaus in Vienna. He also participates in the Ojai and Verbier music festivals and collaborates with musicians such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Maxim Rysanov, Thorleif Thedeen, and Roland Pöntinen.
Martin Fröst is the Artistic Director of the Vinterfest in Mora, Sweden and Artistic Director of the International Chamber Music Festival in Stavanger, Norway. He has an extensive discography for BIS, with whom he has an exclusive contract; his CD of short encores, Fröst and Friends, received substantial critical acclaim. His most recent recording, Dances to a Black Pipe, includes dance music by Copland, Brahms, Lutoslawski, and Piazzolla, and was released in November 2011 to coincide with a European tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, with whom he made the recording.