BIO

Hailed by critics for his “superb clarity of tone, and wonderfully warm, musical playing”, and acclaimed by audiences for intelligent and enjoyable programming and narrations, Björn Kleiman appears as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician at festivals and venues throughout the UK as well as in his native Sweden; in France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.


Recent performances have included the UK Première of Ylva Skog’s Four Shadows; A Viennese themed recital in conjunction with the exhibition at the National Gallery in London and playing Bach Violin Concerto in E Major and Atterberg Suite for violin and viola at St Martin in the Fields. Björn has worked with pianists Sholto Kynoch, Simon Lepper and Martin Sturfält and now performs regularly with the Japanese pianist Maiko Mori. He also has an exciting duo partnership with the guitarist Martin Fogel.

Björn has recorded numerous CDs and his double-disc recording of the complete music for violin and piano by Harald Genzmer for Thorofon Records was released in 2010; he has also made other World Première recordings of works by Albert Schnelzer, Benjamin Staern and Stefan Klaverdal to great critical acclaim. Future plans include the World Première performance of a specially-commissioned Violin Concerto by Ylva Skog, and the recording of the same work for dB Productions with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra under its chief conductor Stefan Solyom. Björn has just finished another World Première recording for the same label with music for violin and piano by Erland von Koch, the CD will be released in September 2016.


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This album is masterfully programmed, with each piece leading into the next. The violin work is exquisite. There is a great deal to recommend this collection which is skilfully executed, and should appeal to most classical music fans who are open to new music.

 

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Björn’s recordings have attracted glowing critical acclaim from the press, including Mail on Sunday, International Record Review, MusicWeb International, Dagens Nyheter and Svenska Dagladet.


Among recent discs, the Christmas CD ”Deck the Halls” with Little Venice Ensemble and Soprano Susanna Andersson for Stone Records was named ‘Christmas Album of the Year Runner-up’ by Classic FM in 2014; whilst Mail on Sunday also commented on the set: “ A truly talented arranger, Bjorn Kleiman turns out an amazing selection of music for a small instrumental ensemble ranging from traditional carols to little-known European stuff”.

Programmet gav flera fina tillfällen för de unga och mycket drivna musikerna att visa att de har ett övermått av både bredd och djup.

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As well as a busy schedule as a soloist and chamber musician, Björn is active as an arranger of music of all genres, working with a diversity of artists such as rock band Echotape, singer Ankit Love and Björn’s own Little Venice Ensemble. He has also written for arrangements for classical Soprano Susanna Andersson and the Helsingborg and Detroit Symphony Orchestras.  He is published by Phonenix Music UK, General Manager of the Chamber Music in Little Venice concert series in central London and he has edited a number of works for Gehrmans Musikförlag. Apart from his performing duties, Björn is also a committed and passionate teacher and is an Associate Lecturer of Violin at the University of Chichester.



SCHEDULE

Sunday 24 April 7.30pm

Chamber Music in Little Venice

Schubert, Rachmaninoff and Brahms

Tamás Andras & Björn Kleiman, violins Karin Norlén, viola Konstantin Lapshin, piano


July Date TBA

Chamber Music in Little Venice, Season Finale

Music to include Beatles Concerto by Leo Brower

Martin Fogel, Guitar Little Venice Ensemble, leader Björn Kleiman


July Date TBA

Lilla Operafestivalen Tomarps Kungsgård, Kvidinge, Sweden

Music to include Beatles Concerto by Leo Brower

Susanna Andersson, soprano


July/August

Tour of Sweden

Martin Fogel, guitar


August Date TBA

Lidköping Music Festival

Martin Fogel, guitar


September

Release of new CD

Erland von Koch Works for violin and piano, Vol. 1

Maiko Mori, piano


13-14 September

CD recording of new violin concerto by Ylva Skog

Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Chief Conductor Stefan Solyom

For the dB Productions label


October Date TBA

St John’s Greenhill, Harrow UK

Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Chief Conductor Stefan Solyom

For the dB Productions label


November

CD recording for Stone Records UK

Martin Fogel, guitar



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Eine feine und filigrante Virtuosität – gefühlvoll, musikantisch beschwingt. Björn Kleiman löste die heikle Aufgabe mit größter Brawur, ging die hochvirtuose Technik überaus lustvoll und mit saftigem Ton an.

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CONTACT

For booking inquiries:

Saskia Constantinou, Apollon International Connections

For Anything Else