Pianist Martin Malmgren has made himself known as a versatile performer, equally at home on stage as a soloist, a chamber musician, and a lied pianist.
With an unusually wide repertoire ranging from early baroque up until the music of our times, he takes delight in surprising his audiences by performing unjustly neglected works and composers, in addition to the standard repertoire. Always aiming at finding meaningful connections between different composers, his concert programs typically show a thoughtful approach which builds bridges between different musical styles and periods. He is also the founder of the Helsinki piano society.
As a sought-after soloist, he has appeared with such orchestras as Sinfonia Lahti, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Belgrade Symphony, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Torun Philharmonic Orchestra, Oulu Sinfonia, Jyväskylä Sinfonia and numerous others. He has given Finnish premieres of works such as the late Elliott Carter’s “Dialogues 2”, Doreen Carwithen’s piano concerto and Guillaume Connesson’s Concertino for piano and chamber orchestra.
Malmgren received a Master of Music degree from the Sibelius Academy, with Ilmo Ranta as his main piano teacher. Other important teachers have included Konstantin Bogino, Jerome Lowenthal, Liisa Pohjola and Tuija Hakkila.