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 N Copland with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields
H A M B U R G Copland with NDR Symphony Orchestra
T O K Y O Mozart with the NHK Symphony Orchestra
T E L A V I V Copland & Artie Shaw with the Israel Philharmonic
O S L O “Genesis” with the Oslo Philharmonic
S T O C K H O L M “Exodus” Project with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic
N E W Z E A L A N D Mozart with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
L O N D O N “Genesis” with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta
VERBIER AND NEW YORK
Martin returns this summer to the Verbier Festival for two concerts partnering with, amongst others, Yuja Wang, Leonidas Kavakos and the Quatuor Ebène. From Verbier, its straight on to New York to perform at the Mostly Mozart Festival playing Mozart Concerto where his last appearance in 2014 led the New York Times to comment: “In earlier times, the talent of Martin Frost would have attracted suspicion. Like that of Paganini, whom contemporaries suspected to be in cahoots with the Devil: How else to explain his wizardry on the violin, which surpassed everyone else in technique and brilliance?”
GENESIS AT THE VIENNA FILMFEST AND ON TOUR
In July and August the Vienna Filmfest will broadcast “Genesis” – Martin’s new project which he premiered at the Stockholm Konserthus last December. Now a full-length film, tv companies are queuing up to broadcast it and presenters across Europe have already announced upcoming performances in Bologna, Rome, Amsterdam, London and Oslo.
View the trailer here.
FROM AMSTERDAM TO TOKYO
Other highlights of the upcoming season include a concert at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, where Martin is a regular, priority guest artist.
The Netherlands is followed by performances with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, New Zealand Philharmonic and the NDR Symphony Orchestra with repertoire ranging from Mozart to “Genesis” and Brahms to Artie Shaw.
Highlights of the 2015/16 season were the premiere of Martin’s new project “Genesis” with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the release of his debut CD on Sony Classical and performances with leading orchestras both as clarinetist and conductor:
MOZART WITH CHAILLY AND LEIPZIG
The season began with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly for three performance in the Gewandhaus, an open air concert in the famous Leipzig Augustplatz attended by 32 000 people and a tour of Vienna, Paris and London performing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto. The reviews said it all: “Magical” wrote The Arts Desk, “inspired” commented classicalsource and “irresistible” was The Guardian’s verdict. Meanwhile The Times asked “What’s in the blood of the Swedish clarinettist Martin Fröst? … sterling dynamic control and the awesome length of his breaths. Chailly’s forces proved ideal comrades; together they generated magic, laced with subtle melancholy, the work’s secret ingredient. A rich banquet, this concert. If only I could have had seconds.”
News of Martin’s “irresistible” Mozart has extended beyond the concert hall. The videos of him performing the concerto with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken on YouTube have been watched nearly 1.5 million times, making his performance the most watched classical clarinet video on the channel.
NIELSEN CONCERTO IN BERLIN
Spring saw Martin’s debut with the DSO in Berlin conducted by Thomas Søndergård performing the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto at the Philharmonie. Reporting on the concert Deutschland Radio Kultur commented “For a singular performer such as Fröst the technical challenges (of the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto) are no more than an additional stimulant.” Der Tagesspiegel added “he effortlessly switches between speaking, singing and an electrifying virtuoso tone. With stupendous security, he manages to exhale a pianissimo which extends right to the farthest corners of the Philharmonie.”
ON THE PODIUM
In recent years the ever curious Martin has turned his attention to the podium regularly conducting ensembles including the St Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. Reviewing one of his recent performances the Stavanger Aftenblad commented” Such ease with Beethoven’s Symphony no. 1 – the well-chosen tempi, the clear accents and all the rhetorical-musical articulation that was so distinctly a feature of (Franz) Brüggen’s conducting, we heard now again with Martin Fröst He impressed greatly.” Meanwhile the Dagens Nyheter commented “Fröst’s ability to get the orchestra on their toes was evident in a performance that took on the dynamics and created a swirling energy …”
The success of Martin Fröst’s first Sony Classical release “Roots” continues to receive international critical acclaim – most recently earning a 5 out of 5 star review from the BBC Music Magazine (June issue) and chosen as Limelight Magazine’s CD of the Month (May issue) in Australia: “The title of Swedish clarinettist Martin Fröst’s Sony Classical debut says it all while implying so much more. Growing out of a live music project Fröst was already working on in Stockholm, Roots is an entirely organic listening experience, resembling (not so much contemplating) an ancient, solitary tree but strolling through a fragrant garden where a profusion of different plants brings forth flowers and fruits in eclectic abundance.”