Christoffer Sundqvist, clarinet

Christoffer Sundqvist began his clarinet studies with Bernhard Nylund at the Pietarsaari Conservatory. He completed his diploma examination with Anna-Maija Korsimaa at the Sibelius Academy in 2002 and went on to study with Professor François Benda at the Basel Music Academy. He has also attended masterclasses given by Hans Rudolf Stalder, Guy Deplus, Charles Neidich and Ronald van Spaendonck, and he has studied chamber music with a number of distinguished musicians. He won shared first prize at the Crusell Clarinet Competition in 2002. He has also received the Pro Musica medal.


In recent years Sundqvist has appeared as soloist with nearly every Finnish orchestra. His foreign appearances include those with BBC Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Basel and the St Christopher Chamber Orchestra in Lithuania. He has worked with conductors such as Jukka-Pekka Saraste, John Storgårds, Sakari Oramo, Okko Kamu, Juha Kangas and Hannu Lintu. Sundqvist is a regular guest in European festivals and has appeared in  Warsaw Autumn, Fürstensaal Classix in Kempten, Märzmusik in Berlin and West Cork festival among others.


Sundqvist is an active chamber musician, being a founding member of the Arktinen hysteria (‘Arctic hysteria’) wind quintet and a member of the Plus Ensemble based in Turku. He has also appeared in Finland and abroad with the Danel Quartet, Kodály Quartet, the New Helsinki Quartet, the Tempera Quartet, Bella Davidovich, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Herve Joulain, Niek de Groot, Pekka Kuusisto, Sakari Oramo, Paavali Jumppanen and Philippe Graffin. Since 2013 Sundqvist has been the artistic leader of Jakobstads Sinfonietta and Rusk festival.


Christoffer Sundqvist has given the world premieres of Clarinet Concertos by Markus Fagerudd and Sebastian Fagerlund. Together with Tommi Aalto he has also premiered the Double Concerto for Clarinet and Viola by Aulis Sallinen. With his chamber music ensembles, he has premiered numerous new Finnish works by P.H. Nordgren, Sampo Haapamäki, Atso Almila and others. Sundqvist is an active partner to Sebastian Fagerlund. Besides the Clarinet concerto he has premiered a Trio and a Sonata from Fagerlund.


Recent recordings include the Clarinet Concerto from Fagerlund with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra which has claimed international recognition and an EMMA award in Finland, a recording of concertos by Peter Eötvös and Aulis Sallinen, as well as a recording of Jukka Tiensuu’s works with Plus Ensemble. The recording with Plus Ensemble also received the classical EMMA award. 


Sundqvist has played principal clarinet with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2005. He teaches clarinet at the Sibelius Academy and gives master courses on regular basis.

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Noesis, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra


Christoffer Sundqvist, clarinet

Pekka Kuusisto, violn

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Hannu LIntu, conductor

ODE 1287-2

Released 02/2017

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