Martin Malmgren


14 February 1987


First Prize: Ilmari Hannikainen Piano Competition (Finland)
First Prize: Ljunggren Competition (Sweden)
First Prize: Nordic Yamaha Competition (Sweden)

Martin Malmgren started piano performing jazz, folk music, pop and rock, in addition to classical music. He founded the Balkan/Klezmer group Babalisk, which for over 15 years performed extensively at folk music festivals, in music restaurants and on the streets of Gothenburg. During this time, he studied piano with Björn Månsson. He continued studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and later finished a Master’s degree at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Ilmo Ranta. Other teachers have included Professors Staffan Scheja, Tuija Hakkila, Juhani Lagerspetz and Mats Widlund. He is currently continuing his studies at the Accademia Santa Cecilia Musicale di Bergamo in Italy with Konstantin Bogino.

He has performed widely in Europe, USA and Israel and is an advocate of programming lesser-known works. He has recently commissioned a piano concerto by the Mexican composer Itzam Zapata. Martin is the founder and artistic director of the piano recital series Key Discoveries.


2016 Competition Repertoire

Round 1: 20-Minute Recital

Nikolai Medtner: Prologue: Andante cantabile from ‘Acht Stimmungsbilder Op.1’
Franz Liszt: Nuages gris S.199
  1. Allegro molto
  2. Andante sostenuto
  3. Rubato
Brett Dean: Equality (2004)

Round 2: 30-Minute Recital

Magnus Lindberg: Jubilees No.1 (2000)
Frédéric Chopin: Berceuse Op.57
  1. Ondine
  2. Le Gibet
  3. Scarbo

Round 1: 65-Minute Recital

  1. Im ruhigen tempo
  2. Belebt, nicht zu rasch
  3. Lebhaft
  4. Bewegt
  5. Im Anfange ruhiges, im Verlauf bewegtes Tempo
  1. Allegretto grazioso
  2. Moderato
  1. Choosing the Bride
  2. The Dragon’s Farewell
  3. Husband and Wife
  4. The Shoemaker from Jerusalem
  5. Lord Peter’s Stable-boy
Richard Meale: Coruscations (1971)
Maurice Ohana: Mouvements parallèles from ‘Études d'interpretation, Book 1’
  1. Pour les cinq doigts (after M. Czerny)
  2. Pour les tierces
  3. Pour les quartes
  4. Pour les sixtes
  5. Pour les octaves
  6. Pour les huit doigts

Round 2: Accompaniment/Chamber Music

  1. Adagio sostenuto – Presto
  2. Andante con variazioni
  3. Presto
  1. Agitato
  2. Andante mistico
  3. Allegro energico

Round 1: 18th Century Concerto

  1. Allegro
  2. Adagio
  3. Allegro

Round 2: 19th or 20th Century Concerto

  1. Toccata: Allegro risoluto
  2. Romanza: Andante con moto
  3. Divertimento: Allegro risoluto e molto vivace