“The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has been lining up increasingly high-profile artistic partnerships with internationally acclaimed musicians,” writes Kristin Tillotson in Wednesday’s (11/12) Star Tribune. “The latest, announced Tuesday, is with Swedish clarinetist Martin Fröst, who wowed Twin Cities audiences in October as a guest soloist with the SPCO. The appointment, to last through the 2018-19 season, marks the first time that Fröst will take on such a leadership role outside Scandinavia. The partnership seems poised to raise the SPCO’s profile, as well, with recording, new commissions and international tours including one to East Asia. It begins in March with a three-concert residency with Fröst and the orchestra at the University of California, Berkeley…. Fröst is in the midst of developing ‘Genesis Project,’ an exploration of classical music’s religious and folk origins for which the SPCO will be a principal partner, as well. Fröst joins Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, whose first concerts with the SPCO begin Nov. 20, and four other current artistic partners,” Roberto Abbado, Jeremy Denk, Christian Zacharias and Thomas Zehetmair. “He is currently artist-in-residence with four orchestras including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and is artistic director of two Scandinavian music festivals.”

Posted November 13, 2014