Entries by Martin Fröst

Two premieres: Exit and XODUS

With “Exit” and “XODUS” Martin Fröst presents two new additions to his critically acclaimed multimedia performances, in which he stars as soloist, conductor, actor – this time as a real “master of ceremony”, obsessed with Jesper Waldersten’s poetic texts and playful images. As in his previous projects Dollhouse (2013), Genesis (2015) and Retrotopia (2018), he […]

New Album release: Night Passages

Martin Fröst uses every recording as an opportunity to look at repertoire and performance through fresh eyes. His latest album for Sony Classical brings the extraordinary alchemy of a specially formed ensemble to the public with highly original arrangements for the first time on record. With acclaimed pianist Roland Pöntinen and legendary bassist Sébastien Dubé, […]

ICMA Artist of the Year

On 21 April, 2022, Martin Fröst received the highly acclaimed Artist of the Year Award by the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA). The award ceremony took place in the Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie Luxembourg, followed by the ICMA Gala Concert in the Grand Auditorium. Both events represent the culmination of musical achievements in […]

Artist in Residence with Concertgebouworkest 2022/23

As first wind player in the history of the orchestra, Martin Fröst will fulfill the role of Artist in Residence with the Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam in the upcoming season 2022/23. “I’m hugely looking forward to a season of intense activity with this phenomenal orchestra”, says Fröst, who will be presenting a great variety of concerts. Performances […]


Along with the highly successful Quatuor Ébène, Martin Fröst makes a real dream team to be on the stage, performing ‘with a radical will of expression and an immense spectrum of tone colours’ (Hamburger Abendblatt). After a tour performing Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet, the musicians now turn their attention to Mozart, who composed the first clarinet […]


Martin Fröst performs at the Opus Klassik ceremony at the Konzerthaus in Berlin on 10 October where he receives the Instrumentalist of the Year Award for his album ​‘Vivaldi’. ​“I’m SO happy to have won the OPUS Klassik for my new album ​‘Vivaldi’ (on which I play three newly composed clarinet concertos based on Vivaldi’s […]

New album release: Messiaen Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps

MARTIN FRÖST OLIVIER MESSIAEN: QUATUOR POUR LA FIN DU TEMPS INTERNATIONAL RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 3, 2017 A Personal Response to a Classic for Our Own Times The Quartet for the End of Time is intensely personal music and it deserves an equally personal response from anyone playing it now. When Martin Fröst overheard a rehearsal […]

Fröst named Chief Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra

Fröst has been named as Chief Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra for a three year term from the beginning of the 2019/20 season. The appointment will open up yet another window to Fröst’s creativity. Commenting on the announcement Martin Fröst said “The Swedish Chamber Orchestra is one of Scandinavia’s leading orchestras; their passion, dedication […]

Summer 2017 Highlights

H A M B U R G • Elbphilharmonie Copland Concerto with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester L O S  A N G E L E S • Walt Disney Hall Mozart Concerto with LA Philharmonic V E R B I E R  F E S T I V A L • Salle des Combins Lutoslawski Dance […]

Genesis on RSPOplay

Genesis is a strikingly original project created and led by Martin Fröst as part of his collaboration with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. A seamless programme of works freely drawn from a millennium of music history. The video is also featuring a behind-the-scenes documentary. Recording from December 2015. To watch the film click here.  

New York Times Interview

This weekend, on August 5th and 6th, Martin performs Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the conductor Paavo Jarvi at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York. The New York Times met up with Martin beforehand to discuss this masterpiece with him. Read the interview here.     Photo: Brian Harkin for The New York Times

Highlights in 2016/17

Upcoming Highlights V E R B I E R  F E S T I V A L   with Yuja Wang, Leonidas Kavakos, Ebene Quartet N E W  Y O R K   Mozart with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra A M S T E R D A M   “Genesis” with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta L O N D O […]

Martin Fröst introduces “Roots”

“My quest to create new programmes which move beyond traditional concert formats is something that has fascinated me for years and, when I was putting together such a project to premiere in Stockholm last year, Sony Classical enthusiastically supported the idea of releasing some of the music as my first album on the label. „All […]

Genesis premieres in Stockholm

“Fröst finds his own voice” is the headline of Sweden’s leading paper Dagnes Nyheter which then continues “… life is born out of darkness and a distant clarinet: Martin Fröst follows his choreographed concert performance of “Dollhouse” with the world premiere of “Genesis” and moves his focus from the exploration of the power and balance […]

Sony Classical launches “Roots”

  Sony Classical pre-releases Roots today exclusively in Sweden in advance of next week’s premiere performances of “Genesis” in Stockholm with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. The album, which is Martin Fröst’s first recording on the Sony label is set for international release on 29 January 2016. The stunning new recording and concert programme created by Martin features a kaleidoscope […]

Fall 2015 Highlights

  Highlights in the coming months: 13 October PHILHARMONIE DE PARIS – PARIS 23 October BARBICAN CENTRE – LONDON Gewandhaus Orchestra / Riccardo Chailly Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major K622 31 October & 2 November HET CONCERTGEBOUW – AMSTERDAM Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest /Joshua Weilerstein Nielsen: Concerto for Clarinet, Op.57 11 & 12 November ORDWAY CONCERT […]

Martin Fröst returns to Gewandhausorchester Leipzig on 27 August 2015

From 27 to 30 August 2015 Martin Fröst returns to Leipzig for a series of concerts with the Gewandhausorchester, before touring with them in October to Vienna (8), Paris (13) and London (23). Fröst performs Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto under the baton of Riccardo Chailly and the programme also features Strauss’ Tod und Verklärung, Metamorphosen and Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche. Photo:  Nikolaj […]

6 successful years as artistic leader of the International Chamber Music Festival Stavanger

After 6 years Martin Fröst has now concluded his last festival season as artistic leader of the International Chamber Music Festival Stavanger. Looking back on this years festival and the ones before, Martin is extremely happy and thankful for being given the opportunity to work with this wonderful festival and he would like to thank everyone involved – […]

Brahms CD nominated for a Gramophone Award 2015

Martin Fröst’s recording of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet & 6 Songs is nominated for a Gramophone Award in the Chamber Category. The awards ceremony will take place in London on September 17th 2015. To read the original 2014 Gramophone review for the Brahms recording by Nalen Anthoni click here.

Concert Schedule for 2015/16 season online now

Martin Fröst’s concert schedule for the 2015/16 season is now online. Among the highlights are concerts like Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly in Vienna, Paris and London, Copland’s Concerto for Clarinet with Gábor Takács-Nagy at the Verbier Festival, Nielsen’s Concerto for Clarinet with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Kent Nagano […]

Martin Fröst Returns To Camerata Salzburg

Martin Fröst returns to Camerata Salzburg to perform Weber’s Clarinet Concerto under Louis Langrée for a series of concerts at both the Mozarteum Salzburg (29 and 31 May) and the Wiener Konzerthaus (8 and 9 June). Last week marked the closing of Fröst’s 2014/15 season residency at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, where he performed a chamber concert featuring works by […]

Upcoming TV appearance on Swedish National Television

On April 15th 2015 Martin Fröst will feature in the music programme “Camillas klassiska” (Camilla’s classics) on Swedish National Television. In the first episodes the host of the show, Camilla Lundberg, meets Martin Fröst in London where he is working on Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with Academy St. Martin in the Fields. The programme airs on […]

3 year partnership with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic

In the 2015/16 season Martin Fröst enters a 3 year partnership with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic as conductor, soloist and creator in 2-3 productions per season. This will include the launch of a new project, Genesis, exploring the source and development of classical music and featuring major traditional repertoire as well as looking at new ways of presenting classical […]

DOLLHOUSE Documentary

First performed in October 2013, Dollhouse is a unique conceptional creation – a fusion of music, choreography and light, reaching far beyond the conventions. A documentary of the Dollhouse project with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic was recorded for television. Watch the trailer on YouTube. Watch the Dollhouse Concert on KonserthusetPlay.

10 succesful years of Vinterfest

The 10 year anniversary of the Vinterfest in Mora also was Martin Fröst’s final season as Artistic Leader for the festival. Taking place in February this year the 2015 festival was praised in the international press. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote: “Fröst plays up to 200 concerts a year, he is Artist in Residence at the […]

Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto voted among the “10 best recording of 2014” Fono Forum Music Magazine

The prestigious German music magazine Fono Forum has voted Martin Fröst’s best selling recording of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, where he appears both as leader and soloist of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, among the “10 best recording of 2014”. The motivation was: “Mozart’s clarinet Concerto in an outstanding, sonorous presentation which in addition illuminates the imperative compositional development of the 3 […]

Martin Fröst and Sony Classical have announced a long-term exclusive recording collaboration

Described earlier this season by The Sunday Times as “the world’s greatest clarinetist” and by The New York Times as possessing “a virtuosity and musicianship unsurpassed by any clarinetist — perhaps any instrumentalist — in living memory”, Martin’s first disc for Sony will see him perform as both conductor and soloist and will be recorded with […]

Brahms Release

  As London audiences gear up for his Wigmore Hall Residency, both the BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone published in-depth interviews with Martin and paid tribute to his new recording of the Brahms’ chamber music which Gramophone singled out for an Editor’s Choice: “Sensuous beauty and taut sinew mingle for an interpretation from five soloists whose fastidious […]

Residencies in London and Amsterdam

  In addition to appearances with orchestras such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra and Radio Suisse Romande this season, Martin will embark on a number of exciting multi concert residencies in London,  Amsterdam, Gothenburg and Cincinnati. These residencies will enable Martin to appear in programmes both as soloist, conductor and chamber musician and […]

New York is alive to the sound of Martin Fröst’s clarinet

  Martin returned to New York last month, launching the new season with two concerts at the Mostly Mozart Festival. The New York Times welcomed him back, previewing his appearance as the “stupendous Swedish clarinettist” and following with a review which opened “In earlier times, the talent of Martin Frost would have attracted suspicion. Like that of […]

Léonie Sonning Music Prize pays tribute to Martin Fröst as “one of the most visionary musical artists of our time”

On Saturday 10 May, Martin Fröst became the first clarinetist and third Swede to receive the Léonie Sonning Music Prize in Copenhagen. First awarded in 1959, winners of one of the most prestigious prizes in classical music have included Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, Birgit Nilsson, Dmitri Shostakovich, Per Nørgård, Sviatoslav Richter, Cecilia Bartoli and Simon […]

Martin Fröst makes his conducting debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in a play/direct programme

Following his outstanding performance with the Orpheus Chamber at Carnegie Hall Orchestra in December 2013, Martin Fröst returns to the US to make his debut as a conductor with Detroit Symphony Orchestra in four concerts, from 13 to 16 March inclusive. He conducts Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite and Grieg’s Holberg Suite, and appears as soloist/director in […]

2013 comes to a close

As 2013 comes to a close the accolade for Martin Fröst’s new Mozart album continue to flow in. In the UK the Sunday Times chose the release amongst its top 4 classical albums of the year commenting “Arguably the world’s greatest clarinettist in his second account of the greatest concerto for his instrument, revealing in […]

“Fröst exhibited a virtuosity and a musicianship unsurpassed by any clarinettist — perhaps any instrumentalist — in my memory.” – The New York Times, December 2013

Martin enthralled the New York audience and critis alike in a concert together with the Orpheus Chamber Orhestra. Carnegie Hall was sold out and the electrified audience went from breathless to exultant. Both  the rendering of  Mozart Clarinet Concerto and the spectacular encore were thoroughly praised by the New York Times´ James R. Oestreich: ”..Mr. […]

“there are windows to the soul opening up”

On his stop-over between Australia and the US in Leipzig this week, Martin Fröst enjoyed some wonderful days together with the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Sir Roger Norrington. Their rendering of Mozart´s Clarinet Concerto made deep impact on the audience in the Gewandhaus. The critic of the Leipziger Volkszeitung wrote in lyrical words of the concert: […]

Martin Fröst, Gewandhausorchester and conductor Sir Roger Norrington.

Martin Fröst makes his debut with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto on 28 & 30 November. The programme, which is conducted by Sir Roger Norrington, also includes Mozart’s Symphonies Nos. 33 & 36. On 1 December at the Gewandhaus, Fröst performs Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet with the Appollon Musagète Quartet in a recital that also […]

”The magician Martin Fröst redefines the framework of orchestral performance.” Johanna Paulsson, DN

Martin Fröst’s pioneer project Dollhouse where he appears as soloist, conductor, dancer and master of ceremony was an instant success with three sold out halls in the Stockholm Concert House with enthusiastic reviews.  Fröst’s ambition to investigate the nature of communication between conductor and orchestra resulted in a breathtaking production including specially composed works, choreography, light design […]

Martin Fröst plays Mozart

Concerto in A major for Clarinet and Orchestra, K 622. Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, ‘Kegelstatt’, K 498 (completed by Robert Levin) Allegro for Clarinet and String Quartet in B flat major, K Anh.91 (516c) Swedish clarinetist, Martin Fröst first recorded Mozart’s Concerto in A major in 2003 with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. It was his […]

Swedish Premièr of Dollhouse

This season Martin Fröst will give perfomances on some of the world’s most prestigious concert stages including Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, Berlin Philharmonie, The Gewandhaus Leipzig,Vienna Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Theatre de Champs Elysee in Paris amongst others. But in the beginning of October, Fröst is at home to launch a new three concert project at the Stockholm Concert Hall called Dollhouse. In these performances with the Royal […]

Upcoming Highlights 2013 / 2014

AUGUST, VERBIER, Hillborg concerto, Verbier Festival C O / Harding AUGUST, STAVANGER Dollhouse at Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival SEPTEMBER, OSLO, Dollhouse, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra OCTOBER, STOCKHOLM, Dollhouse, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra NOVEMBER, LEIPZIG, Mozart concerto, Gewandhaus Orchestra / Norrington NOVEMBER, SYDNEY, Mozart concerto, Australian Chamber Orchestra DECEMBER, NEW YORK, Mozart concerto, Carnegie Hall, Orpheus […]

Reviews of the month

”But the spotlight that night was on woodwind. Partnered with the Elias String Quartet, Fröst was consistently mesmerising in Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, his tone silky and seamless, every note meaningful.” – The Guardian, 20 May 2013, Erica Jeal http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/may/20/bbt-celebrated-review   ”Martin Fröst played – and rarely has the cliché been so appropriate – the stars […]

Fröst embarks on a major tour of Europe with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Martin Fröst embarks on a major tour of Europe with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, performing Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No.1, and a selection of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, in an arrangement for clarinet and string orchestra. The tour begins on 18 April in the Netherlands, and continues to Baden-Baden (19), Hannover (20), Berlin (21), Neumarkt (23), Maribor, Slovenia (24), and Brunico, Italy (26), ending in Amsterdam on […]

International Classical Music Awards

“impressive demonstration of his wide-ranging virtuosity and musical souplesse.” At the Gala Concert of the 2013 International Classical Music Awards, Martin Frösts recording Dance to a Black Pipe was singled out as “Concerto Disc of the Year”. At the ceremony, which was held in Milan on the 17 March, Martin´s playing was praised in the jury’s citation […]

Fröst to receive the 2014 Sonning Music Prize

Martin among the legends – Fröst to receive the 2014 Sonning Music Prize The clarinettist Martin Fröst has been announced as the next recipient of the Léonie Sonning Music Prize, one of the oldest and most prestigious music awards in the world. Since 1959, the Danish Sonning Music Prize has been presented to the leading […]

“Dances to a Black Pipe”, Concerto disc of the year by ICMA!

Martin Fröst and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, whose imaginative disc Dances to a Black Pipe has been named Concerto Disc of the year by the International Classical Music Awards, ICMA. The programme of the disc takes in composers as diverse as Copland, Brahms, Piazzolla and Anders Hillborg – a wide-ranging selection of works which are […]

Fröst mesmerizes the audience of Salzburger Grosse Festspeilhause

Martin Fröst gave 3 sold out performances in the Grosse Festspielhaus in Salzburg together with Andrew Manzie and the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. The two performances of Mozart´s Clarinet Concerto and one of Rolf Martinsson´s Concert Fantastique were all received with enthusiasm and standing ovations by the mesmerized audience and when the wild acclaim after the […]

Genuinly musical! Von Otter and Fröst shine and entertain.

Martin opens the 2013 with a festive and brilliant 12th Night Gala Concert in Stockholm´s Berwald Hall, together with Anne Sofie von Otter and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Two sold out houses with an enthusiastic audience enjoyed the colourful programme which the critic of the DN newspaper, Johanna Paulsson described as follows: “Genuinly musical! […]