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[updated 23 Jul 2017]

11 Jan 2017
Martin's concert from October 2016 with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Herbert Blomstedt is now available for streaming on the GSOplay website: www.gso.se/gsoplay

10 Jun 2014
Please note change of venue for the concert on the 16th June. The concert will now take place in the Katarina church in Stockholm.

15 Dec 2013
The two recitals together with Tale Olsson that were to take place in March 2014 have had to be postponed. New dates coming soon.

1 Feb 2013
The Wiklund CD hits the no. 1 spot in the Classical Album Chart in Sweden!

1 Jan 2013
The Wiklund CD at no. 2 in the list of the best releases of 2012 according to Swedish Radio P2's CD-revyn!
More info here: sverigesradio.se

22 Apr 2012
Martin's new CD recording of the Adolf Wiklund Piano Concertos together with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Manze will be released as the Romantic Piano Concerto Series vol.57 by Hyperion Records on 1 June.
More info here: www.hyperion-records.co.uk

1 Mar 2012
Please note change of date for Martin's concert with Marie Macleod at the Allhelgonakyrkan in Stockholm. The new date will be 9th June.

7 Dec 2011
The new CD recording of Mendelssohn's works for Cello and Piano by Martin and cellist Marie Macleod is out now on the Nota Bene label. It's available both in the shops and digitally on ITunes and Spotify.
More info here: www.notabeneproductions.co.uk

25 Jan 2011
Once again, Martin has been invited to teach at summer course Music at Ambialet in southern France between the 9-17 August 2011.
More info here: www.ambialetmusic.com

15 Nov 2010
"the 31 year old Sturfält is among the finest Scandinavian pianists of his generation. With great generosity he offered some pianistic treats." - Review in Hallands Nyheter of Martin's recital in Falkenberg 13 November.

15 Sep 2010
Please note change of date for the recital in Falkenberg. The new date is 13 November 2010.

14 Feb 2010
Martin will record the complete 48 preludes and fugues of the Well Tempered Clavier by Bach for pianostreet.com. The first installment of the recording is now online on www.pianostreet.com

17 Jan 2010
Martin has been invited to teach at summer course Music at Ambialet in southern France between the 13-21 August 2010.
More info here: www.ambialetmusic.com

28 Dec 2009
Sweden’s main classical music magazine Opus places Martin as number five in their New Year’s list of the most significant Swedish musical personalities or achievements of 2009.

17 Oct 2009
Martin has been presented with the 2009 Award for Cultural Achievment from local newspaper Katrineholms-Kuriren in Katrineholm, Sweden.
More info on: www.kkuriren.se

28 May 2009
Martin will appear together with cellist Marie Macleod on BBC Radio 3 programme In Tune on 26th June. Marie and Martin will perform live and talk to host Sean Rafferty
The programme as well as photos from the session will be available via the BBC website
More info coming soon on: www.bbc.co.uk/radio3

20 Apr 2009
Please find complete details about the Windrush Valley Chamber Music Festival in the concert calendar

24 Mar 2009
Please note change of programme for the concert in Brighton on 31st March. This is now a solo lunch time recital with works by Mendelssohn and Liszt

26 Sep 2008
Martin's new recording of piano works by Wilhelm Stenhammar can now be pre-ordered on: www.hyperion-records.co.uk
The official release date for the CD is 1 November.

19 Jul 2008
A new critical edition of the Piano Sonata in G Minor by Wilhelm Stenhammar, edited by Martin, is now available from Musikaliska konstföreningen in Stockholm. It can be ordered on: www.musikaliskakonstforeningen.se

28 Mar 2008
". . . a radiant and solid performance . . . a fascinatingly composed interpretation" - Review in Göteborgsposten of Martin's performance of Fauré's C Minor Quartet with the Lendvai String Trio in Göteborg 25 March.

29 Feb 2008
"Martin Sturfält definitely deserves his reputation as one of the most accomplished and original pianists in Sweden today" - Read review (in Swedish) of Martin's recital in Sundsvall on 28 February on www.st.nu

22 Feb 2008
Martin is one of the Artistic Directors for the Festival Olivier Messiaen 2008 in Stockholm. The festival takes place between 9-20 April in celebration of the centenary of Messiaen's birth.
More info: www.messiaen2008.se

9 Dec 2007
Martin has been presented with an award from the Marjorie & Dorothy Whyte Memorial Fund

7 Jun 2007
"They are inside the music and their instruments become extensions of themselves" - Read review (in Swedish) of Martin's recital with Marie Macleod in Vingåker on 4 June on Swedish section of martinsturfalt.com

23 Jan 2007
"A performance of the highest distinction" - Read review (in Swedish) of Martin's performance of Stenhammar's second Piano Concerto in Helsingborg on 11 January on Swedish section of martinsturfalt.com

22 Nov 2006
Martin's performance of Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto no.2 with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Mark Elder will be broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Wednesday the 29 November at 7.30pm GMT. The recording will also be available from the BBC website.
More info: www.bbc.co.uk/radio3

7 Nov 2006
Martin has been signed up by Nordic Music Management for representation in the Scandinavian countries
More info: www.nordicmusic.se

22 Oct 2006
Excerpts from a review of Martin's concert with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Mark Elder in Manchester on 19 October:
"It's not an easy task to play the Mendelssohn concertos, both having been eclipsed by later works. Sturfält and Elder between them established the energy and expressive impact which our Victorian forebears found so powerful.The concerto calls for real technical brilliance, too, which Sturfält has in abundance. It was a masterly performance." (Robert Beale in Manchester Evening News)
Complete review: www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk

4 Oct 2006
Read review of Martin's concert in Göteborg on 14 September on Swedish section of martinsturfalt.com

28 Sep 2006
Martin has been invited to perform in two of Holland Music Sessions' sponsor concerts in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam - the 13 October (with the Lendvai String Trio), and the 12 November (solo)

8 Jul 2006
Change of date for Martin's recital in Woodbridge. The concert is now taking place on 10 December 2006

15 Jun 2006
The organizers of the 2006 Vendome Prize have decided to cancel the Semi-Final round. Martin will be playing in the Final Round taking place in Lisbon, Portugal 19-24 July

15 Jun 2006
Martin has been awarded a scholarship from the Hattori Foundation, following auditions in early June
More info at www.hattorifoundation.org.uk

9 Apr 2006
Martin is one of two winners of the London regional round of the 2006 Vendome Prize. The Semi-Final round is to be held in London early July 2006

29 Mar 2006
Martin has recorded an interview for Classic FM in the UK, due to be broadcast prior to Martin's performance of Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" Sonata in the Barbican Hall on the 24th of April
Check www.classicfm.com for more information

6 Feb 2006
Read review (in Swedish) of Martin's concert in Eskilstuna on the 4 February on www.ekuriren.se

30 Dec 2005
Site updated with new menues - Chamber Music and Links. Concert calendar also updated. The martinsturfalt.com team wish all visitors a Happy New Year!!

11 Nov 2005
Marie Macleod and Martin have won first prize in the yearly Tunnell Trust auditions held in London on the 7th of November. The prize consists of concert engagements in Scotland during the 2006/07 season.
More info available soon

10 Oct 2005
Read review (in Swedish) of Martin's concert in Katrineholm on the 8 October on www.kkuriren.se

4 Oct 2005
Marie Macleod and Martin have been invited by the Swedish Radio channel "P2" to record Gunnar Valkare's Corso for cello & piano and music by Webern. The recording will take place in December 2005

28 Sep 2005
Martin has been invited to perform with the Lendvai String Trio in next year's New Masters on Tour series organised by Holland Music Sessions. See concert schedule for more information.

5 Jul 2005
Read reviews and hear a radio interview (both in Swedish) with Marie Macleod and Martin on Swedish section of martinsturfalt.com

5 Jul 2005
Excerpts from a review of Martin's duo recital with Marie Macleod in London's Purcell Room 14 June:
"The interplay between the musicians allowed both the noble and poetic sound of the [Prokofiev Cello Sonata] to resonate whilst at the same time they allowed life to be breathed into the more profound and tragic depths of the work. This was a passionate and moving performance." (Mark Dennis in Musical Pointers)
Read full article at:
www.musicalpointers.co.uk

8 May 2005
Martin has been awarded the 2005 Terence Judd Award as a result of a competition with candidates from each of the UK Music Colleges. The first round was held at Manchester's Bridge Water Hall on Thursday 21 April and the final round, accompanied by the Hallé Orchestra conducted by André de Ridder, took place earlier today [Sunday 8 May]. Previous recipients of the award, established as a tribute to the British pianist Terence Judd who died at an early age in 1979, have included Stephen Hough and Nikolai Lugansky.

11 Apr 2005
Martin has been invited to participate in the 2005 Cleveland International Piano Competition in Cleveland, USA in July/August

3 Mar 2005
Martin's recording of Rachmaninoff's Etudes-tableaux op. 39 will be broadcast on Swedish Radio "P2" on Wednesday 9 March at 22.30
More info at www.sr.se/p2

31 Jan 2005
Swedish Radio "P2" will broadcast Martin's performance of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto no. 3 with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra on the 9 March.
More info at www.sr.se/p2

31 Jan 2005
Marie Macleod and Martin have been invited by the Kirkman Concert Society to play an evening recital in London's Purcell Room on the 14 June 2005!

14 Jan 2005
Excerpts from reviews of Martin's duo recital with Marie Macleod in London's Purcell Room 12 January:
"Macleod and Sturfält were powerfully eloquent in Lutoslawski's Grave, sombre yet dexterous in Magnus Lindberg's Moto, and managed to make James MacMillan's over-long Second Cello Sonata sound like one of the most riveting things ever written." (Tim Ashley in The Guardian)
"The musical substance of the evening was supplied by the cellist Marie Macleod and the pianist Martin Sturfält, who began with Lutoslawski’s dark and moody Grave. Macleod produces rich tone, but she is also a gutsy, communicative player never afraid of digging in: Moto is one of Magnus Lindberg’s most virtuosic pieces and she rose to its special challenges. Both players were also strong in Huw Watkins’s impassioned, post-Romantic Cello Sonata, and they did all that was required in James MacMillan’s aggressive and gaudy Cello Sonata No 2." (John Allison in The Times)
Read whole articles at:
www.guardian.co.uk
www.timesonline.co.uk

22 Dec 2004
The date for Martin's concert with the Ealing Youth Orchestra has been changed again. The new date is 22 January 2005.

21 Dec 2004
New picture of Martin at the top of this page and added Mp3 sound files. Martinsturfalt.com wishes everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

1 Dec 2004
Please note that the date and venue for Martin's concert with the Ealing Youth Orchestra has been changed. The new date is 5 February 2005.

18 Nov 2004
Concert calendar updated plus new links.

4 Sep 2004
Swedish Radio "P2" will broadcast a selection from Martin's performance at this year's Musik vid Siljan on Friday 10/9 at 12.05pm
More info at www.sr.se/p2

26 Aug 2004
Concert, Repertoire and Press sections updated.

20 Aug 2004
Marie Macleod and Martin have been selected to participate in the Park Lane Group New Year's Series in the Purcell Room in London in January 2005. The programme will include works by among others Lutoslawski and Magnus Lindberg.

18 Jun 2004
Please note that the date of Martin's Royal Festival Hall recital has been changed. The new date is 26 April 2005

10 May 2004
Martin's performance of Wilhelm Stenhammar's second Piano Concerto from yesterday's final round of the Swedish Soloist Prize in the Berwald Hall in Stockholm with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra conducted by Petter Sundkvist, will be broadcast on Swedish Radio 2 (Sveriges radio P2) tonight at 8.00pm. Martin was awarded a shared second prize of SEK25.000 - this year's winner was percussionist Johan Bridger.
More info at www.sr.se/p2

27 Apr 2004
Martin was awarded the 2004 John Ogdon Prize as a result of a competition with seven candidates from each of the UK Music Colleges, held at London's Steinway Hall
More info at www.johnogdon.org.uk

26 Apr 2004
Philharmonia Orchestra/Martin Musical Scholarship Fund have awarded Martin one of next seasons pre concert recitals in the Royal Festival Hall in London
More info later!

29 Mar 2004
Martin has qualified as one of three finalists in the Swedish Soloist Prize 2004. The finals will take place in the Berwald Hall in Stockholm on the 9 May 2004 and Martin will perform W. Stenhammar's second Piano Concerto. More info at: www.rikskonserter.se

22 Mar 2004
As a result of the 2004 Ealing Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition in London, Martin has been invited to perform a concerto with the EYO during 2004/05. More information later.

17 Mar 2004
Click here for more info about Martin's performance in the "Baltic Sea and its region" seminar at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts in Bruxelles on the 16th March.

8 Mar 2004
Repertoire and Newsletter sections updated. Please note that the subscribe function on the Newsletter page is not functioning properly at the moment. If you would like to sign up for the newsletter, please use the messaging function under Contacts.

23 Feb 2004
Martin has been invited to take part in the Summer Academy of the International Holland Music Sessions this summer.

12 Feb 2004
Please note that the date for Martin's recital in Leipzig has been changed from the 3rd to the 4th of March.

23 Jan 2004
Martin has been asked to record Rachmaninoff's Etudes-tableaux op. 39 for the Swedish Radio (Sveriges Radio P2). The Recording will take place in the Swedish Radio "Studio 3" in February 2004. More information later.

20 Jan 2004
The complete list of venues for Martin's Swedish concert tour in April 2004 is now avaliable at www.rikskonserter.se

3 Dec 2003
Martin was one of the guests at the inauguration of the new Blüthner London showroom at 1 Davis Street. Among the 50-odd guests were many pianists and piano teachers from London's music colleges as well as Ingbert och Christian Blüthner. Martin performed pieces by Rachmaninov and Bach. More info at: www.bluthner-piano.co.uk

22 Nov 2003
Rikskonserter announced this morning that Martin is among the eight competitors in the Swedish Soloist Prize to qualify for the semi final round. The semi finals will take place at Nybrokajen 11 in Stockholm on the 27 and 28 March 2004. More info at: www.rikskonserter.se

3 Nov 2003
Martin's performance in the quarter finals of the Swedish Soloist Prize will take place at 7.30pm on Friday 21 November at Nybrokajen 11 in Stockholm. Martin will be performing a 15 minute programme including Messiaen's Regard de l'Esprit de joie. More info at: www.nybrokajen11.rikskonserter.se or: www.rikskonserter.se

27 Oct 2003
It has been confirmed that Martin is one of 16 young musicians to be selected to compete in the quarter finals of the Swedish Soloist Prize 2004, organized by the Swedish Royal Academy of Music. The competiton will take place at Nybrokajen 11 in Stockholm on the 20th/21st November 2003. More information later.

13 Oct 2003
Martin has been selected by the Guildhall School of Music & Drama to appear in the seventh annual Guildhall Trust Dinner Concert. Martin will end the concert, that will take place at London's Drapers' Hall on the 28th of October, by performing Messiaen's Regard de l'Esprit de Joie. Other performers are to include violinist So-Ock Kim and GSMD Gold Medal winner, soprano Susanna Andersson.

10 Oct 2003
At the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, Martin has been awarded the Sheriff's Prize for Piano for 2003.

1 Sep 2003
Martin appears with an interview and some playing in "Mitt i Musiken" on Swedish Radio 2 at 3.05pm concerning the Rikskonserter press conference at Nybrokajen 11 in Stockholm. More info at: www.sr.se/p2

1 Sep 2003
Martin is awarded a scholarship from the Hans Dahlborg fund at the Rikskonserter press conference at Nybrokajen 11 in Stockholm.

28 Aug 2003
Today Martin recorded an interview for Swedish Radio to be broadcasted on Monday 1 September at 3.05pm.

11 Jul 2003
Martin won first prize in the Guildhall School of Music & Drama Spencer Boney prize. The competition was adjudicated by Mark Ray from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

28 Jun 2003
Martin visited the Blüthner piano factory and workshop in Grosspösna/Leipzig, Germany.

26 Jun 2003
Martin was one of four selected Guildhall students to participate in a masterclass given by Murray Perhaia. martin sturfalt