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Gunnar Idenstam
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Biography

 

Gunnar Idenstam, concert organist, composer and folk musician, is know throughout the world for his virtuoso playing, stunning improvisations and untraditional and original take on organ music.

He comes from a background of classical music, but has always had a "distant love relationship" with the folk and symphonic rock music of the 1970s. Gunnar Idenstam aims to expand his audience's appreciation of the organ and to transcend the limitations of genre. In his work today he has brought these different influences into the context of organ music. Not limiting himself to the traditional organ repertoire he has pushed borders and built bridges between the French cathedral music traditions, symphonic rock, and folk music. He also arranges grand orchestral master pieces like Ravel’s La valse or Debussy’s La Mer for the organ, managing to reproduce similar atmospheres and sound colours as the orchestra would. As a Folk musician he stands out from the crowd with his transpositions adapting the special qualities of the Swedish folk music for the organ.

To develop the wide-ranging music he creates and performs today he studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He then studied the French tradition with the legendary Marie-Claire Alain in Paris. In both countries he achieved the highest honours. In 1984 he was the first – and to date, the only – organist from northern Europe to win the ‘Grand Prix de Chartres’, the prestigious international competition in improvisation.

Since 1986 he has pursued an international career as a concert organist and has played in venues around the world like Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Monaco Cathedral, St Eustache cathedral in Paris, Concert Hall Ivan Cankar in Ljubljana and Spivey Hall in Atlanta, USA to name a few. He has several times performed in the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St. Petersburg as well as the Center of Performing Arts in Moscow. Upcoming highlights include concerts at the Kölner Philharmonie Konzertsaal and Berliner Philharmonie.

Gunnar Idenstam is also a popular musician at music festivals and has performed at the Risör Chamber Music Festival, Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival, Lahti Organ Festival, Karlsruher Orgelsommer, Stuttgarter Orgelsommer, Bergen Sacred Music Festival, and Potsdamer Festspiele among others.

He collaborates with other musicians such as Johan Hedin (nyckelharpa), Christian Lindberg (trombone), Anders Paulsson (soprano saxophone), Lisa Rydberg (violin), ABBA legend Benny Andersson and dancer/choreographer Virpi Pahkinen.

Gunnar Idenstam’s arrangements of orchestral works by Ravel and Debussy are greatly admired and widely performed and will be recorded for his next solo CD on BIS Records. His solo CD “Cathedral Music” (BIS-Northern Lights) holds a collection of his own compositions. In 2004 he released his first Swedish folk music CD “Låtar” together with Johan Hedin on nyckelharpa, with whom he frequently tours Europe and Japan. Other folk music projects with Gunnar Idenstam have been recorded after that.

In 2012 Gunnar Idenstam was awarded the prize of “Interpreter of the year” by the Royal Academy of Music. The Prize was presented to him by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden. In June 2013 he received the Litteris et Artibus – a royal medal for recognition of eminent skills in the artistic field.

Gunnar Idenstam is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music since May 2013.


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Svensk biografi

 

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Gunnar Idenstam, född 1961 i Kiruna, är frilansande konsertorganist, kompositör, arrangör och folkmusiker utbildad i Stockholm och Paris. Som klassisk organist är han skolad av bl.a. den legendariska Marie-Claire Alain. 1984 vann han den prestigefyllda improvisations-tävlingen "Grand Prix de Chartres" och konserterar sedan dess över stora delar av världen. I 2012 tilldelas Gunnar Idenstam Kungl. Musikaliska akademiens Interpretpris.

Gunnar Idenstam har i den senaste tiden spelat recitaler i bl.a. Warszawa filharmonin, Auditorio Nacional i Madrid, St. Eustache Cathedral i Paris, Kölner Philharmonie Konzertsaal, Concert Hall Ivan Cankar i Ljubljana och Svetlanov Hall i Moskva.

Höjdpunkter i säsongen 11/12 är spelningar i Russland i Mariinsky Hall i St. Petersburg och Moscow, International House of Music och på festivalerna Orgel’12 i Västerås och Risör International Chamber Music Festival. Gunnar Idenstam är inviterad att spela öppningskonserten på det internationella mötet av Gesellschaft der Orgelfreunde i Karlsruhe i juli 2012.

Som folkmusiker torde han vara unik i sitt sätt att överföra den svenska folkmusiktraditionen till kyrkorgel eller tramporgel och keyboard. Hans stil som kompositör/improvisatör är en lyckad sammansmältning av konstmusik, folkmusik och den mer symfoniskt orienterade rockmusiken som tillsammans utgör något som förut aldrig förknippats med orgelkonst.

I 2010 släppte han skivorna ”LÅTAR II” med Johan Hedin på nyckelharpa och “Laponian Yoik: Jukkaslåtar”, ett modernt folkmusikprojekt.

Han arrangerar både symfonisk musik (t.ex. Debussy ”La Mer” och Ravel ”Bolero”) och populärmusik med etniska influenser som t.ex. ur showen "Riverdance" för orgel och samarbetar i sina projekt med ledande musiker från andra genrer.


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Discography

 

"Bach på svenska/Bach in Swedish"
with Lisa Rydberg, baroque violin
Gunnar Idenstam, harmonium organ
Gazell Records GAFCD 1092

"LÅTAR" - Swedish folk music
Johan Hedin, keyed fiddle
Gunnar Idenstam, pipe organ
Caprice Records CAP 21733

Cathedral Music 15 pieces for solo organ
by Gunnar Idenstam
BIS-NL-CD-5018

"Swedish Wedding Tunes" - Swedish wedding marches, bridal polskas etc.
Lisa Rydberg, fiddle
Gunnar Idenstam, harmonium
Also featuring a.o. Björn Ståbi.
The CD is part of Universal Music´s ”The Sonet Folk series” 014 268-2

"Midsummer Night´s Mass" - Meditative swedish folk music.
Gunnar Idenstam, organ
Anders Paulsson, soprano saxophone
Atrium (Warner Music)398 422 1102

Minnesmusik "Memory Music" for solo organ (Bach, Dupré,
Björn J:son Lindh, Oskar Lindberg)
Gunnar Idenstam, organ
Sony Music SK 643 87

"Wedding Music" mixed pieces for solo organ
Gunnar Idenstam, organ
Sony Music SK 533 84

"Contrasts" - Mahler, Ravel, musical-songs, folk tunes
Håkan Hagegård, baryton
Gunnar Idenstam, organ
Proprius PRCD 9040

"The Sacred Trombone"
Christian Lindberg, trombone
Gunnar Idenstam, organ
BIS-CD-488

Bach Organ Works - Toccatas and fuges, chorales, preludes and fuges
Gunnar Idenstam, organ
Opus 111 OPS 10001

Improvisation/Improvisations on Swedish folk tunes
Gunnar Idenstam, organ
LCM-C-109


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Video

Gunnar Idenstam: Improvisation on two ABBA songs

Idenstam Toccata V

Gunnar Idenstam plays Bach: Prelude in B Minor BWV 544

Gunnar Idenstam: Organ improvisation of the Risør song

Gunnar Idenstam plays Ravel La valse - The End


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Listen

Gunnar Idenstam - Bolero (end)
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Online Resources

Gunnar Idenstam website

Interview with Gunnar Idenstam on Pipedreams 2010-10-18

Gunnar Idenstam YouTube Channel

Gunnar Idenstam får Kungl. Musikaliska akademiens Interpretpris 2012


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