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Magnus Martensson is the former Music Director of The Scandinavian Chamber Orchestra of New York, and of the Slee Sinfonietta, Buffalo.

In past seasons, Martensson has guest conducted with the New York New Music Ensemble, the Trondheim Soloists, Musica Vitae, ICE, the Monday Evening Concert Series (Los Angeles), Manhattan School of Music, Teatro San Martin (Buenos Aires) with soloists Elmar Oliveira, the Weilerstein Trio, Ursula Oppens, Anton Kontra, Tony Arnold, Movses Pogossian, Varty Manuelian, Viviane Hagner, Helena Bugallo, Marilyn Nonken, and Ian Pace.

Martensson made his operatic debut in Malmö, Sweden, conducting Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, and has subsequently conducted operas by Mozart, Puccini, Golove, among others.  He has conducted several world premiere recordings, including orchestral music by Jeffrey Stadelman, Roger Reynolds, and David Felder.

As a composer, Martensson has been featured at festivals including the June in Buffalo and the Mid-American Contemporary Arts Festivals. His one act opera Before the Law, based on Kafka’s work, was premiered in Buffalo in 1997. Among his other works are Sonata for Two Violins, Two Poems of E.E.Cummings, OGNAT Quartet, and Kvasir for Strings, performed most recently at Carnegie Hall in New York. Martensson has recorded for Mode, Centaur and Mindfeel.

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Jonathan Harvey

Some Music Conducted

H. Alfven
Swedish Rhapsody No.1
J.S. Bach/A.WebernRicercare from A Musical Offering
B. Bartok Divertimento
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
Concerto for Two Pianos
Romanian Folk SongsL. van BeethovenSymphonies 1,5,7,9
Triple Concerto
Piano Concerto No.4L. Berio
Folk Songs

H. Berlioz
Symphonie Fantastique
Overture to Benvenuto Cellini

E. Bloch

M. Bononcini
Stabat Mater

A. Borodin
In the Steppes of Central Asia

J. Brahms
Symphony No. 2
Serenades Nos.1, 2
Academic Festival Overture

E. Carter

E. Chausson
Poeme for Violin and Orchestra

F. Chopin
Piano Concertos Nos.1, 2
Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante

J. Corigliano

A. Copland
Appalachian Spring
El Salon Mexico
Quiet City

A. Corelli
Concerto Grosso Op.6, No.8

B. Crusell
Clarinet Concerto in B-Flat

I. Dahl
Variations for Strings

M. Daugherty
Dead Elvis

C. Debussy
Sacred and Profane Dances for
Harp and Strings
Prelude to An Afternoon of a Faun
Rhapsody for Clarinet

F. Donatoni
Algo III for Guitar and
Chamber Orchestra

T. Dubois
Seven Last Words of Christ

A. Dvorak
Symphony No.9
Cello Concerto

E. Elgar
Serenade for Strings

P. Elwood
Edgard Varese in the Gobi Desert

G. Faure
Pelleas et Melisande

R. Febel
Auf der Galerie

D. Felder
Six Pomes from Neruda’s “Alturas…”
Two Neruda Poems
Inner Sky
Linebacker Music
Partial [dist]res[s]toration

J. Fernström
Clarinet Concerto
Four Intimate Miniatures

L. Foss
Time Cycle
Solo Observed
For Toru

R. Fueting

leaving without/palimpsest 2

G. Gabrieli
Canzon noni toni a 12

E. Grieg
Piano Concerto
Holberg Suite
Peer Gynt Suite No.1

N.W. Gade

P. Glass
Symphony No.3

J. Golove
Red Harvest
The King in Yellow

S. Gubaijdulina
Detto II

C-A Hall

H. Hanson
Symphony No.2

J. Harbison
Mirabai Songs

J. Harvey
Song Offerings

E. Harnass
“Afros O Tafos Then Mbori
Name Horessi”

J. Haydn
Symphonies Nos. 24, 26,104
Cello Concertos in C, D
Trumpet Concerto

J. Hummel
Trumpet Concerto

G.F. Händel
Concerto for Organ

C. Ives
Symphony No.3
Three Places in New England
The Unanswered Question
Central Park in the Dark

L. Janacek
Suite for Strings

M. Kagel
Ludwig van

F. Kaufman
Cello Concerto

O. Knussen
Music for a Puppet Court

G. Kurtag
…quasi una fantasia…

A. Liadov
Eight Russian Folk Songs

G. Ligeti
Concerto for Piano

B. Linde
Preludio e Finale

W. Lutoslawsi
Jeux Venetiens

G. MahlerLieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Symphony No.4
Das Lied von der ErdeP. Manoury
Passacaille pour TokyoM. Mårtensson
Kvasir for Strings
Before the LawR. Martinsson
A.S. in Memoriam
Concerto for Flute, Oboe, and

K. McFaul
Drum&Bass Concerto

F. Mendelssohn
Symphony No.4
Violin Concerto

O. Messiaen
Oiseaux Exotique

W.A. Mozart
Symph. Nos. 21, 29, 38, 41
The Magic Flute
Exultate Jubilate
Pi. Conc. Nos. 9, 14, 23
Bassoon Concerto
Flute Concertos Nos.1, 2
Clarinet Concerto

T. Murail
L’esprits des dunes

M. Mussorgsky
Night on Bald Mountain

C. Nielsen
Little Suite

P. Nörgård
Constellations for Strings

J. Offenbach
Orpheus in the Underword

E. Oña
Lame Butterfly

K. Penderecki
Viola Concerto

S. Prokofiev
Lt.Kije Suite
Peter and the Wolf
March and Scherzo from
Love for Three Oranges
Violin Concerto No.2

G. Puccini

A. Pärt

Stefan Pöntinen

Place Pigalle

B. Rands
Canti Lunatici

T. Rangström

M. Ravel
Concerto for the Left Hand

A. Read-Thomas
Spiritual Musings
Passion Prayers

S. Revueltas
Ocho por Radio

R. Reynolds
Angel of Death

H. Rosenberg
The Holy Night

G. Rossini
Overture to William Tell

C. Rouse

J. Ryan

C. Saint-Saens
Cello Concerto No.1
Overture to The Yellow Princess
Christmas Oratorio

A. Sallinen
Some Aspects of
Peltoniemi Hintrik’s Funeral March

E. Satie/Debussy

A. Scarlatti
Sinfonias Nos.8 and 11

A. Schnittke
Concerto Grosso No.1

A. Schönberg
Chamber Symphony No.1
Verklärte Nacht

D. Shostakovich
Symphony No.5
Concerto No.1 for Piano

F. Schubert
Symphonies Nos. 5, 8

L. Segerstam
Cello Concerto No.3
Oboe Concerto No.1

J. Sibelius
Symphony No.2
The Swan of Tuonela
Pelleas and Mellisande
Andante Festivo

H. Smith
Dialogues and Commentaries

J. Stadelman
Starry Wisdom
Pity Paid
From Hegel’s Eyes

R. Steiger
13 Loops

R. Strauss
Till Eulenspiegel

I. Stravinsky
Pulcinella Suite
The Soldier’s Tale
Le Sacre du Printemps

J. Svendsen
Two Swedish Folk Songs

V. Thompson
Acadian Songs and Dances

E. Varese

N. Vigeland
To Jenter

A. Vivaldi
The Four Seasons
Guitar Concertos A, D – Major

R. Wagner
Siegfried Idyll
Wesendonck Lieder

A. Webern
Concerto Op.24
Variations Op.30

K. Weill
Concerto for Violin and
Wind Ensemble

A. Williams 


D. Wiren
Serenade for Strings

C. Wourinen
The River of Light

F. Zappa
G-Spot Tornado
Dupres Paradise




Slee Sinfonietta





Roger Reynolds Angel of Death –  Slee Sinfonietta/Magnus Martensson,  Marilyn Nonken – Piano (2009, Mode Records)

JEFFREY STADELMAN – Slee Sinfonietta/Magnus Martensson, Movses Pogossian – Violin

Kinderszenen, Starry Wisdom, Pity Paid (2008, Centaur Records)

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Six Poems from Neruda’s, Alturas …
June in Buffalo Festival Orchestra
Magnus Martensson, conductor
World premiere recording of works for orchestra by David Felder. (1998, Mode Records)
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Chopin’s f-minor Piano Concerto, arranged for string orchestra by Magnus Martensson. (2003, Mindfeel Records)
Shan-shan Sun, piano
Musica Vitae
Magnus Martensson, conductor
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The Scandinavian Chamber Orchestra of New York. (2004, Mindfeel Records)
Magnus Martensson, conductor
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BABBITT, FELDER, etc. Metalofonico! Magnus Martensson, conductor, and many more. For more info:



“… a conductor who possesses both the technique and intelligence to produce high quality performances.”
The Buffalo News

“A good gauge of what Magnus Martensson has achieved was apparent in the clarity with which the strings projected the complex but gossamer textures and the plaintive ambience of Elliot Carter’s Elegy for String Orchestra …the performance had coherence and a remarkable sense of assurance.”
The Buffalo News

The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Performances are astonishing” [D. Felder – Six Poems ..]
American Record Guide

“Constellations by Per Nörgård ended the program….Magnus Martensson led his fine instrumentalists [The Scandinavian Chamber Orchestra] in a clear, clean reading”
Norway Times

Lukas Foss

Lukas Foss

All B/W photos on this page by Irene Haupt

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