Quite by accident, in 2003, Swedish born conductor Magnus Martensson turned into a comedian/pianist during a concert at Victor Borge Hall in New York City, in front of an enthusiastic and encouraging audience that included members of Mr. Borge’s family. Since then, Magnus has appeared in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Minneapolis, Toronto, Vancouver, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Winnipeg, Albuquerque, Jamestown, Buffalo, Portland, and Arthur, and critics have called his act both “hilarious” and “clever.”
In 2011/12 Magnus performed at Carolines on Broadway and appeared on American and Swedish TV. His 2008 performance at the United Nations in New York made the Honorable Ban Ki-moon titter, while the 2009/10 North American tour “Excuse me, does my piano count as one carry-on” made Magnus a household name in places like Bemidji, Mora, and Arthur. In 2006, the “Magnus Martensson and Friends” series at New York City’s Scandinavia House featured world renowned soloists violinist Judith Ingolfsson, soprano Madeleine Kristoffersson, and composer Nils Vigeland.
He is the author of the book “Thoughts, Verse and Further Nonsense” and maker of two short films: “The Dog” and “The Maestro.”
PRESS Winnipeg Free Press – May, 2009
Nordstjernan – March, 2009
“Very funny…Martensson made everyone bend over with laughter…” – Nordstjernan
BY MATT MANOCHIO
Monday, September 3, 2007
MOUNT OLIVE — Simultaneously witnessing a chess game, a round of boxing, piano playing, and a neck massage is probably the last thing one might expect at a Scandinavian festival, but Magnus Martensson wouldn’t have it any other way.
The Swedish native styles his humor after the late Victor Borge and is an accomplished piano player. He invited three people from the audience to assist him. He played the piano with his right hand, and with a boxing glove he playfully sparred with a boy who wore the other glove. His right hand also played the piano and moved chess pieces at the same time. And when his right hand wasn’t doing that, it was massaging the neck of Aili Petersen, 27, of Princeton.
“He was good, very humorous,” Petersen said following the act.
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