Swedish clarinetist Magnus Holmander, born in 1993, began to play the instrument at age 10 and continued his studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He makes his US debut at the Phillips with a program that includes music by Brahms, Poulenc, and Anders Hillborg, who has written that “despite his young age, he is already a remarkably mature musician.” In 2014, Holmander appeared with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London as the soloist in Hillborg’s clarinet concerto Peacock Tales. Pianist Henrik Måwe is becoming established as one of the foremost Swedish pianists, giving solo recitals in Europe and the US as well as working regularly as a chamber music pianist, including collaborations with clarinetist Martin Frost.
Magnus Holmander began playing the clarinet at the age of 10. He later received a bachelor’s and master’s degree at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, studying under the instruction of Hermann Stefánsson and Emil Jonason.
Holmander is dedicated to contemporary music and has had the pleasure to initiate close relationships with Swedish composers Anders Hillborg and Rolf Martinsson. Apart from Hillborg and Martinsson’s chamber music, Holmander has also performed both of their clarinet concertos which led to several solo engagements at the Grieg Hall in Bergen, Royal Festival Hall in London, and Auditorium in Milano among others. In addition, Holmander has premiered works by Swedish composers Jacob Mülhrad, Benjamin Stearn, Ylva Fred, and Andrea Tarrodi.
Since fall 2013, Holmander has participated as a clarinetist and performer in Martin Fröst's productions Dollhouse and Genesis. They have now been performed on numerous occasions in concert halls around northern Europe, recently in Gothenburg with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.
In May 2017, Holmander and accordion player Irina Seroytuk won the Young and Promising (Ung och Lovande) competition, and as a result, will tour chamber music associations of Sweden in 2018/2019.
Henrik Måwe is a frequent guest at Scandinavian concert halls and music festivals—he plays between 50 and 60 concerts per year. In the autumn of 2016 he made his debut with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Sjostakovich’s first piano concert.
In the spring of 2017, Måwe presented Anders Hillborg’s piano concerto in Västerås and played in Berwaldhallen together with violinist and Atlas colleague, Christian Svarfvar. In 2018/2019 Måwe will perform with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and in chamber concerts with Martin Fröst.
Måwe received his main education at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and the Kungl Music School in Stockholm where his most important mentor was Staffan Scheja. During his studies, he worked with some of the best pianists and educators in the world, including Dominique Merlet, Dimitri Bashkirov, John O’Conor, and Olli Mustonen, and participated in a number of international piano competitions and was awarded in most top positions.
In 2014, Måwe released the duo album Sonic Philosophy: Color and Affect along with violinist Hugo Ticciati, which received brilliant reviews in both BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone.
Måwe regularly collaborates with the international singers and instrumentalists including Martin Fröst, Anna Larsson, Christian Svarfvar, and Torleif Thedéen.