Recital tour in Australia in May
Martin returns to Australia for a series of recitals in Sydney, Canberra and Ulladulla in May, arranged by Sydney Musical Promotions, Milton Ulladulla Music and Wesley Recital Centre. The eclectic program includes a wide range of music including works by Prokofiev, Medtner, Rachmaninoff, Szymanowski and Ravel.
Martin performed most recently in Australia at the Sydney International Piano Competition 2016, where he received the Jury Discretionary Award and was later featured at CD releases made by the competition.
"Strong chamber orchestra debut full of rarities"
Mats Liljeroos from Hufvudstadsbladet reviews the opening concert of Helsinki Chamber Orchestra, writing as follows about the piano concerto:
"Carwithen is an interesting composer type. In the 1950s she turned her attention to movie music and produced over 30 scores for the silver screen while also making sure she got paid as much as her male colleagues! In the piano concerto however we are dealing with an extremely well written eclectic neoclassical work with a demanding solo part, which Martin Malmgren handled with both virtuosic extroversion and emphatic lyricism."
Read the full review here,
Helsinki Chamber Orchestra is live!
The Helsinki Chamber Orchestra was officially launched in Fall 2018. Martin Malmgren is the Principal Pianist of the newly-born Orchestra, and also a member of it's artstic board.
"The Helsinki Chamber Orchestra was conceived of in the spring of 2018 by a group of international musicians based in Finland. The dream was to create a tight-knit ensemble that blurred the line between orchestra and chamber group, an ensemble that, while still an orchestra, had the ability to perform with the connectivity of a much smaller group.
The Helsinki Chamber Orchestra will open its inaugural season in March of 2019, with tickets on sale on January 1st."
Prokofiev marathon and recording project in Italy
Martin is taking part in a Prokofiev marathon in Sala dei Giganti in Padova, Italy, on January 12-13th 2019. The marathon includes the complete piano sonatas, where Martin performs the 9th and penultimate sonata. The sonatas will be recorded professionally at a later date and released on CD during 2019.
Bach in Begrade
Martin is stepping in on short notice to perform two Bach concertos with Belgrade Symphony in Kolarac Hall on May 14th. He will perform the D minor concerto BWV 1052 and the concerto for two keyboards in C minor BWV 1060, the latter together with Konstantin Bogino. More information here
Key Discoveries - Hommages
The Key Discoveries piano festival program has been released! The artists include Alexei Lubimov, Roland Pöntinen, Paavali Jumppanen, Risto-Matti Marin, Tuija Hakkila, Aura Go, and numerous others.