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 the classical sector during the past year, which were accompanied and judged by the members of the ICMA association.
In their laudatio, ICMA praised Martin Fröst for his innovative global career, his impressive discography, and his philanthropy. “Martin Fröst is an artist who breaks boundaries and who is certainly not limited to the core repertoire of his instrument, but is constantly looking for something new.“, the jury underlined their decision. “He plays Vivaldi as well as new works with equally imaginative virtuosity and finds a fresh, inspired grip on the classics. In his hands, the clarinet becomes an extension of the human voice and a magic wand of new sound worlds. The transition to conducting orchestras was a natural step for Fröst, and in that role he also shows the same sovereign and wide-ranging musicianship and transfers his own energy to the entire orchestra.“