Rolf Martinsson

Rolf Martinsson is one of Sweden’s leading composers. He serves as Professor of Composition at the Malmö Academy of Music and is a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

Hailed for his masterly orchestral writing, Martinsson’s music has been performed by orchestras such as Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Vienna Radio Orchestra and all the major Nordic orchestras. He has collaborated with conductors including Andris Nelsons, Alan Gilbert, Sakari Oramo, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Neeme Järvi, Manfred Honeck and Vasily Petrenko, among others.

His collaborations with artists such as soprano Lisa Larsson, trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger, clarinetist Martin Fröst, trombonist Christian Lindberg and double bass player Edicson Ruiz have led to performances at major concert venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Musikverein Vienna, Tonhalle Zürich, Berliner Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Royal Festival Hall in London and Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

Martinsson is the winner of the Grand Christ Johnson Prize, a major Swedish composition award. His music is well represented on CD; several European orchestras have also toured internationally with his music. Recent commissions include an opera, Amy, for the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm and a scenic work for Lisa Larsson with Malmö Symphony Orchestra as the main commissioner.

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