Mats Olofsson is one of the leading Swedish cello players of his generation, appreciated for his versatile approach to all styles of music. He holds the position of principal cellist in the Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Sweden, and is also a very active chamber musician. His extensive repertoire includes works ranging from jazz and folk music to baroque music and contemporary works with interactive media.
Mats Olofsson has toured as chamber musician all over the world; recent performances in USA, Canada, Japan, China, India have further established his reputation as one of the most interesting and versatile players around. He studied baroque cello in Boston and his interest in baroque music has lead to collaborations with leading performers such as Phoebe Carrai, Lars-Ulrik Mortensen, Dan Laurin and Richard Lester. He is also member of the ‘Stenhammar Quartet’, as well as of the baroque ensemble Paradiso Musicale and his stable members Dan Laurin, recorder, Anna Paradiso, harpsichord, Jonas Nordberg lute. With both ensembles he records regularly for BIS. He plays also with the ensemble ‘Pearls for Swines’, which has gained a lot of attention for his non-conventional performances in the field of contemporary music, and has received many prizes, such as the ‘Nordiska Komponistrådets Pris’. “Pearls for Swines” has commissioned more than 200 works and has recorded for Caprice and Phono Svecia.
Mats is performing at Les Musicales de Baabdath on October 27. Check the program here.
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