Verbier Festival
Martin Fröst
Clarinet

Clarinetist, 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 clarinetist – perhaps any instrumentalist – in my memory”.

Following his hugely innovative visual project ‘Dollshouse’, this season Fröst embarks upon a multi-year project entitled ‘Genesis’ which explores the source and development of music inspired by dance and folk, music drawn from sacred rituals of praise and music as pure entertainment. The project sees its first public outing in December 2015 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra shortly before being released worldwide on disc by Sony Classical – his first recording for the label.

Known for his artistic collaborations with orchestras worldwide, this season Fröst enters a three-year partnership with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and in March 2015 he started his four-year contract as Artistic Partner with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He will also continue as Conductor in Association at the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and will be Artist in Residence with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. These positions follow his success last season as Artist in Residence at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Gothenburg Symphony, and London’s Wigmore Hall.

Upcoming tour highlights include performances of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in Leipzig, Paris, Vienna and London with Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Riccardo Chailly in autumn 2015, and further European appearances with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra (Thomas Dausgaard), Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

Fröst also makes a number of European debuts in the 2015/16 season – Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (Thomas Søndergård – Lindberg), hr-Sinfonieorchester (Paavo Järvi – Nielsen), and Orchestre national de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon (Michael Schøwandt-Copland).

Further ahead Fröst works with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (Osmo Vänskä), New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (Edo de Waart), NHK Symphony Orchestra (David Zinman) and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival (Paavo Järvi).

High points of Fröst’s 2014/15 season included debuts with Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Houston Symphony, Camerata Salzburg and a return to the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, Fröst regularly performs with leading international artists including Sol Gabetta, Janine Jansen, Yuja Wang, Leif Ove Andsnes, Roland Pöntinen, Maxim Rysanov and Antoine Tamestit,

In May 2014 Martin Fröst received the Léonie Sonning Music Prize, one of the world’s highest musical honours and the first clarinetist to be given the award. He joins a prestigious list of previous recipients including Igor Stravinsky, Daniel Barenboim and Sir Simon Rattle.