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Martin Engström

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Martin T:son Engstroem
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Background information
Born1953 (age 67–68)
Stockholm (Sweden)
Occupation(s)Musician, artistic agent, festival director, and concert organiser

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Martin T:son Engstroem is a musician, artistic agent, festival director, and concert organiser.[1]


Martin T:son Engstroem was born in Stockholm in 1953 and obtained a degree in History of Music from the University of Stockholm. His father, the sculptor Torolf Engstroem [] and his mother Inge Rosenfeld-Engstroem, were both fond of classical music.[2]

He began his career as a concert organiser by creating a series of concerts on Sunday afternoons for young Swedish musicians at the National Museum of Stockholm. As a teen, he arranged concerts in Stockholm for Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Antal Dorati and Staffan Scheja.[3]

In 1972-73, he began to work in the foreign affairs division of the artistic agents Ibbs & Tillett in London, working mainly for British artists touring abroad, such as John Ogdon, Shura Cherkassy and British orchestras.

In 1975, Martin T:son Engstroem moved to Paris to become partner in the arts company "Opéra et Concert". For 12 years, he worked with artists such as Karl Böhm, Brigit Nilsson, Jessye Norman, Lucia Popp, Renato Bruson and Leonard Bernstein. Other artists he has represented in his career include Barbara Hendricks, Neil Shicoff, Han-Na Chang and Giuseppe Sinopoli.

For many years, he worked with Herbert von Karajan.

After moving to Switzerland in 1987 with his wife, the soprano Barbara Hendricks, and their two children, he worked as a consultant for EMI France, for Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele and for the Opéra de Paris (co-organiser of the opening of the Opéra de Paris / Bastille in 1992 with Leonard Bernstein, Michael Tilson, Thomas and Robert Wilson). Martin T:son Engstroem contributed to the choice of Myung-Whun Chung to the post of artistic director of the Opéra de Bastille.

In 1994, he founded the Verbier Festival & Academy, where he remains director [4].

Between 1999 and 2003, Martin T:son Engstroem occupied the post of vice-president of artists and recordings of Deutsche Grammophon[5] and, between 2003 and 2005, he was named executive and development producer of artists. He was reponsible for the project of signing artists such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Pierre Boulez, Claudio Abbado and Maurizio Pollini. He is also associated with artists such as Anna Netrebko, Lang Lang, Yundi Li, Hélène Grimaud, Ilya Gringolts, Hilary Hahn and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Martin T:son Engstroem has been a member of numerous juries: in 2005, for the 50th anniversary of the Paganini competition in Genoa, in 2006 he was invited by Galina Vishnewskaja to take part in the jury for the first vocal competition in Moscow. Thomas Quasthoff invited him to Berlin in 2009 for the first "Das Lied" competition. In 2009, 2011 and 2013 (president of the jury on the last two occasions), he was a member of the Clara Haskil competition, and, in 2010, a member of the jury of the Geneva competition (voice). In 2014, he was a member of the Rubinstein competition of Tel-Aviv. In 2011, he was a member of the jury of the International Tchaikovsky Competition for piano competition, and, in 2019, he presided over the violin competition.

In June 2011}}the Nobel Foundation of Lindau invited Martin T:son Engtroem and Bill Gates to take part in their[clarification needed].

Since 2013, he has been a member of the Béjart Ballet Lausanne and the Council of Governance of the Glion Institut de Hautes Etudes. Since 2014, he has also been a member of the Council of the Foundation of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva.

In April 2015, he was the first non-musician winner of the Dmitri Chostakovitch Prize.

Martin T: his Engstroem worked as a global consultant in artistic planning for IMG artists and as a consultant for Rolex in the development of artistic projects in China and India.

Since 2016, he has been a member of the Macao Festival Board. In 2018, he became the artistic director of the Tsinandali Festival in Georgia and the Riga Jurmala Festival in Latvia.

He[when?] lives on the shores of Lake Léman, in Switzerland, with his second wife, Blythe Teh-Engstroem, and their two daughters.

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