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“Staffan Mårtensson has gold in his clarinet”


“His playing is powerful, yet wonderfully sensitive.”

(Svenska Dagbladet)

These are words from leading Swedish newspapers, describing the artistry of one of Scandinavia’s most versatile clarinetists.

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Swedish clarinetist Staffan Mårtensson’s solo repertoire ranges from classical and romantic masterpieces to dazzling contemporary works.

Staffan has performed since the early 1990’s as a soloist with orchestras from all over Europe, for example Wiener Concert-Verein, Stuttgart Kammerorchester, Slovak Philharmonic, Camerata Lausanne, Toulouse Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de la Basse Normandie, The Czech Chamber Philharmonic, as well as with a dozen Scandinavian orchestras such as the Royal Opera Orchestra of 

Stockholm, Kristiansand Symphony, Helsingborg Symphony, Musica Vitae, The Symphony Orchestra of NorrlandsOperan, the New Chamber Orchestra of Stockholom (SNYKO).

His love for chamber music is essential to his musicianship; he performs regularly at Swedish and international chamber music festivals. In recent years he has returned to his jazz roots and is often heard on the Swedish jazz scene. His daily work circles around the Royal Swedish Opera, where he is Principal Clarinet since 2001.

In 2014 he received the royal medal Litteris et Artibus for his artistic accomplishments.

A prominent recording artist, Staffan Mårtensson won a Swedish Grammy 2006 in the category Classical Soloist of the Year, with the CD Clarinetto con forza, which was also nominated for the Cannes/MIDEM in 2007. His discography of about a dozen CD’s includes works by Mozart, Copland, Brahms, Schumann as well as contemporary Swedish and international composers and jazz.

Staffan’s unceasing creative energy also goes into festival organising. He was the Artistic Director of the prestigious Summer Night Concerts at the Nationalmuseum of Stockholm 2008-2012 and has the same position for the Östergötland Music Days since 2001. He is the programme coordinator  of a summer concert series at Artipelag Art Museum in Stockholm.

Staffan is also an appreciated conductor. He holds a Masters degree in conducting from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and he has worked with the orchestras in Norrköping, Gävle, Umeå, Västerås, the Stockholm Symphonic Winds, the Östgöta Symphonic Winds, Musica Vitae chamber orchestra and others.

His instrumental education includes studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with Sölve Kingstedt, at the Rotterdam Conservatory with Walter Boeykens and at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada. In 1990 he was the winner of a national soloist competition organized by the National Swedish State Concert Agency. The same year he won second prize at the Tromp Muziek Concours in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Staffan has given master-classes in major academies and colleges in Germany, France, Russia, the Czech Republic, Estonia and Ukraine. Collaborations with composers such as Sven-David Sandström, Albert Schnelzer, Karin Bartosch-Edström, Jonas Forssell (Sweden), Atli Ingólfsson (Iceland) and Roland Freisitzer, Alexander Wagendristel and Thomas Heinisch (Austria) have resulted in premieres of numerous works.

Staffan Mårtensson is an official artist of Buffet Crampon and Vandoren. He plays a Buffet Crampon R13 Vintage clarinet, and Vandoren V12 reeds.

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