Martin Fröst

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


Highlights of the 2014/15 season include debuts with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich (Herbert Blomstedt), Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Neeme Järvi) and Houston Symphony (Andrés Orozco- Estrada). Fröst also returns to the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (Thomas Søndergård) and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (Louis Langrée), where he is Artist in Residence.


This season, Fröst is Artist in Residence at the Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Gothenburg Symphony, and London’s Wigmore Hall.Further ahead, he will be Artist in Residence for the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Netherlands Philharmonic orchestras.


Upcoming tours include Gewandhausorchester Leipzig (Riccardo Chailly), Camerata Salzburg (Louis Langrée) and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Fröst also undertakes tours to the US with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and to Spain with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra (Thomas Dausgaard).


Martin Fröst additionally works as a conductor in association with the Norrköping Symphony and with Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, with whom he features in a weekend-residence at the CAL performances in Berkeley, California. Last season he also had his US conducting debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.


Martin Fröst has an extensive discography. His two most recent releases on BIS are an all-Mozart CD (which features the Clarinet Concerto, in which he directs The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and the Kegelstatt Trio with Leif Ove Andsnes and Antoine Tamestit) and Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet (where he reunites with Janine Jansen, Boris Brovtsyn, Maxim Rysanov and Torleif Thedéen).


High points of his 2013/14 season included debuts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Xian Zhang), Orchestre National de France (David Zinman), National Symphony Orchestra Washington (Osmo Vänskä) and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.


2015 marks the 10th season of Vinterfest in Mora, Sweden, of which Martin Fröst is Artistic Director.  He is also Artistic Director of the International Chamber Music Festival in Stavanger, Norway.