Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
Martin Fröst
BBT Award 2003

Martin Fröst - Biography

Martin Fröst was supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust between 2003 and 2006. This page was last updated in 2013. For an up to date biography please visit

One of a small handful of truly international wind players, Martin Fröst’s repertoire encompasses mainstream clarinet works as well as a number of contemporary commissions, that he has personally championed, including Anders Hillborg’s Peacock Tales (incorporating elements of mine and dance), Kalevi Aho’s Concerto (commissioned for him by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust) and Rolf Martinsson’s Concert Fantastique. This season he has premiered a new concerto by Bent Sørensen with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Cologne’s Philharmonie under Michael Schønwandt. Having made his debut at New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival (performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto under the direction of Louis Langrée) this summer, Martin’s future highlights include debuts with Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber and Detroit Symphony orchestras, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (with Giovanni Antonini), Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, Royal Concertgebouw Orchester, Bamberger Symphoniker and NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover plus return visits to the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Luzerner Sinfonieorchester. He also returns to the Australian Chamber Orchestra following a substantial tour of Europe with them last season, and embarks on a major European tour with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta performing Weber and Copland in May 2013.  Martin Fröst was amongst the first artists to receive a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award winners in 2003.

The most important aspect of this unique award is of course that it offers me as a performer the freedom to invest a very generous sum of money into my career in ways that I find most creative and constructive. With the support, the know-how and the contacts of the Artistic Committee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust it will be possible for me to use my award to achieve some of the high artistic goals I have set for myself. I am very grateful and excited about the possibilities that lie ahead!

Photographs by Mats Bäcker, Simon Weir