Performances

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2017-11-04 Hong Kong
Double Bass Concerto No. 1

2017-11-23 Melbourne
Ich denke Dein...

2017-11-25 Melbourne
Ich denke Dein...

2017-11-28 Stockholm
Suite Fantastique

2017-12-10 Amsterdam
Carillon

2017-12-17 Vienna 1:2
Garden of Devotion

2017-12-17 Vienna 2:2
Garden of Devotion

2018-01-18 Kristiansand
Poem for Orchestra No. 1

2018-02-01 Katowice
Bridge - Trumpet Concerto No. 1

2018-02-01 Polish Radio Live Broadcasting
Bridge - Trumpet Concerto No. 1

2018-02-14 Malmö
Shimmering Islands

2018-02-15 Malmö
Shimmering Islands

2018-02-15 Palma de Mallorca
Ich denke Dein...

2018-02-24 Giresta
Suite Fantastique

2018-03-02 Växjö
Airy Flight

2018-03-03 Tingsryd
Airy Flight

2018-03-04 Hultsfred
Airy Flight

2018-03-11 Dalby
Lukaspassionen

2018-04-04 Arboga
Tidig gryning

2018-04-05 Västerås
Tidig gryning

2018-04-07 Södertälje
Tidig gryning

2018-04-08 Örebro
Tidig gryning

2018-04-13 Vänersborg
Suite Fantastique

2018-05-23 Stockholm
Ich denke Dein...

2018-05-24 Stockholm
Ich denke Dein...

2018-06-18 Amsterdam
Garden of Devotion
CD recording, Challenge Classics

2018-06-18 Amsterdam
To the Shadow of Reality
CD recording, Challenge Classics

2018-06-18 Amsterdam
Kalliope
CD recording, Challenge Classics

2018-06-18 Amsterdam
A. S. in Memoriam
CD recording, Challenge Classics

2018-06-21 Kaiserslauten (10.00)
Double Bass Concerto No. 1

2018-06-21 Kaiserslauten (13.00)
Double Bass Concerto No. 1

2018-06-22 Dillingen
Double Bass Concerto No. 1

2018-06-30 Zürich
Arrangement on Songs by Alexander von Zemlinsky

2018-07-03 Zürich
Arrangement on Songs by Alexander von Zemlinsky

2018-09-16 Lerum
Tidig gryning

2018-09-23 Växjö
Tidig gryning

2018-11-28 Zürich
Arrangement on Songs by Franz Berwald

2018-11-29 Zürich
Arrangement on Songs by Franz Berwald

2018-11-30 Zürich
Arrangement on Songs by Franz Berwald

2018-12-16 Helsingborg
Arrangement on Songs by Franz Berwald

2019-01-17 Malmö
Opening Sounds

2019-01-19 Malmö
Opening Sounds

2019-02-05 Malmö
To the Shadow of Reality

2019-05-10 Estonia
Ich denke Dein...

2019-05-11 Estonia
Ich denke Dein...

2019-05-12 Estonia
Ich denke Dein...

2019-06-13/14? Winterthur
A. S. in Memoriam

2019-06-13/14? Winterthur
Arrangement on Songs by Alexander von Zemlinsky

2019-09-05 Malmö
New piece (semi staged)

2019-09-06 Malmö
New piece (semi staged)

2019-09-07 Malmö
New piece (semi staged)

2019-10-25 Växjö
Till skuggan av en verklighet

2019-10-25 Växjö
Arrangement on Infelice by Felix Mendelssohn

2019-10-26 ??
Till skuggan av en verklighet

2019-10-26 ??
Arrangement on Infelice by Felix Mendelssohn

2019-10-27 ??
Till skuggan av en verklighet

2019-10-27 ??
Arrangement on Infelice by Felix Mendelssohn

2020-09 Stockholm
Amy Foster


Ongoing Work

A concert opener - HSO co-commission. World premiere 2017-05-18 with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Stefan Solyom at Helsingborg concert hall.


Article is copied from this source: STIM/SMIC - Biographies

Rolf Martinsson

ROLF MARTINSSON was born in Boalt in 1956. He studied composition at the Malmö Academy of Music from 1981 to 1985 for Hans Eklund, Sven-Eric Johanson, Jan W Morthenson, Sven-Erik Bäck, Brian Ferneyhough and Sven-David Sandström amongst others. His background is a solid one, with input from extremely diverse sources. It is also easy to be impressed by Martinsson's own craft and it is no coincidence that he was already teaching at the Malmö Academy practically from his own student years. He has also been a popular composer amongst musicians both for his sensitivity to instrument idioms and for his ability to challenge playing dexterity.

However, if we look only at the craft side of his music, at the, so to speak, formal qualities of his broad and multifaceted oeuvre, we risk missing something of the very essence of Martinsson. For in many respects he relies on his intuition, welcomes improvisation and likes to take himself by surprise. For example, he sees his series of piano pieces named after signs of the zodiac, which he wrote for specific pianists, as a kind of notated improvisation.

At the same time, Martinsson has been struggling with his professional role: "During my compositional years up to the mid 1990s I was constantly and annoyingly aware of all those judgemental faces surrounding me: critics, colleagues, musicians, conductors, audiences." He talks about the unblinking "evil eye" that he had to conquer - for the sake of his credibility and his capacity to develop as a composer. His way to get there passed through a somewhat more traditional form and tonal idiom than previously: the orchestral piece "Dreams", inspired by the Kurosawa film, the extravagant, highly expressive and successful trumpet concerto "Bridge", with which he made a swift triumphal procession around the world with the outstanding soloist Håkan Hardenberger, and the excellent Arnold Schönberg tribute "A.S. In Memoriam" for string orchestra, are each a kind of musical landmark in the reorientation around his output. "I did things forbidden to a modernist, time and time again." While some people criticised him for his sudden changes of direction, he has achieved enormous success around the world.

"I no longer need to apologise for my artistic choices, and that's where I needed to be if I was to continue composing and pursuing a personal tonal idiom." Knowing Martinsson, an artistic soul that combines firmness of hand with a kind of restless drive to avoid repeating himself, he will continue to surprise us with abrupt changes of style and expression; may the part always be followed by its counterpart.

Tony Lundman
Engl. translation: Neil Betteridge