Verbier Festival
Martin Fröst
Clarinet

Clarinettist, conductor and Sony Classical recording artist, Martin Fröst is known for pushing musical boundaries and has been described by the New York Times as having “a virtuosity and a musicianship unsurpassed by any clarinettist – perhaps any instrumentalist – in my memory”.
Fröst has appeared with orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Israel Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra and Orchestre National de France. In 2017/18 he notably returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Gustavo Dudamel) and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and makes his debut with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (Masaaki Suzuki). He also appears with the NDR Radiophilharmonie (Andrew Manze), Royal Flemish Philharmonic (Edo de Waart), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Thomas Dausgaard) and Residentie Orkest (Richard Egarr).

In May 2017, it was announced that Fröst will be Chief Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra from the 2019/20 season and he will return to the Orchestra in autumn 2017. Known for artistic collaborations worldwide, this season he continues as Artistic Partner with both The Saint Paul Chamber and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic orchestras, at which he launchs a new project Retrotopia including a new commission by Jesper Nordin. This project follows in the footsteps of his critically acclaimed project Genesis, which he also performs this season with the Gothenburg Symphony. In 2017/18 Fröst will also be Artist in Residence at L’Auditiori, Barcelona appearing with the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona I Nacional de Catalunya and performing a number of chamber concerts. These positions follow his success in recent seasons as Artist-in-Residence at the Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Gothenburg Symphony and London’s Wigmore Hall.

In autumn 2017, Fröst is joined by Janine Jansen, Lucas Debargue and Torleif Thedéen to release Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, his second recording for Sony Classics. Together this season, the Quartet will give performances of the work worldwide, including at New York’s Carnegie Hall, as well as in Barcelona, Toronto and Quebec City. Fröst’s first recording for the label, Roots, received huge critical acclaim and in recognition he received the 2016 ECHO Klassik Instrumentalist of the Year Award for clarinet. Chamber dates this season also include a return to Schubertiade and London’s Wigmore Hall to perform with Quatuor Ébène. Fröst regularly performs with leading international artists including Sol Gabetta, Yuja Wang, Leif Ove Andsnes, Roland Pöntinen, Maxim Rysanov and Antoine Tamestit.

Highlights of his 2016/17 season included debuts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (Osmo Vänskä) and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (Edo de Waart). He also returned to the Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival (Paavo Järvi), NHK Symphony Orchestra (David Zinman) and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, with whom he also toured Europe. Future tour partners include the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the NDR Radiophilharmonie.

In spring 2017, Fröst was announced as a nominee for the 2017 Nordic Council Music, designed to recognise outstanding achievement in creative and practical music, the winners will be announced in autumn 2017. Winner of the 2014 Léonie Sonning Music Prize, one of the world’s highest musical honours, Fröst was the first clarinettist to be given the award and joined a prestigious list of previous recipients including Igor Stravinsky, Daniel Barenboim and Sir Simon Rattle.