Malin Broman is a violinist much in demand as a soloist, artistic director, chamber musician, teacher and orchestral leader.
Born in Kungsbacka, Sweden, Malin began playing the violin at the age of five. Winning a scholarship to study with the renowned David Takeno, Malin moved to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Early in her career, Malin was a prizewinner at numerous competitions including in the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition, Denmark. At the Washington International Competition for Strings, she gained both First Prize and the Audience Prize and the performance that won her third prize in the European Broadcasting Union Competition for Young Musicians was televised live throughout Europe.
Malin has since forged a successful solo career. Highlights include performances with the Gothenburg Symphony, Copenhagen Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, Academy of St Martin-in-the Fields and the Swedish Radio Orchestra, working with such conductors as Neeme Järvi, Andrew Manze and Daniel Harding.
Devoted to chamber music, Malin is a founding member of the Kungsbacka Piano Trio, which was selected for both the BBC New Generation Artists Scheme and the European Concert Halls Organization. The trio has made its Carnegie Hall debut and appeared at major venues, including the Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, Cologne Philharmonie, Berlin Philharmonie, Schleswig-Holstein and Schwetzinger Festspiele, with residencies at Lofoten and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festivals, and tours of Argentina, Uruguay, Australia, New Zealand & Canada. In 2001, she founded Kungsbacka Chamber Music Festival, now called Change.
From 2004-2010, she was a member of the Nash Ensemble and made her debut at the BBC Proms. The ensemble toured extensively and enjoyed a residency at London’s Wigmore Hall. Together they made many recordings for Hyperion and Wigmore Live, amongst others, and broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3.
Other highlights have included string quintets with the Leopold String Trio at the Edinburgh International Festival and as a violist at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall with the Belcea Quartet. As a violist, she also collaborates regularly with the Elias String Quartet. As part of their Beethoven cycle they recorded the quintet for Wigmore live-label. Their BBC recording of quintets by Mendelssohn and Mozart was chosen as Disc of the Month for BBC Music Magazine. With her partner Simon Crawford-Phillips she performs regularly as a duo.
Most recently, she co-founded the Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble a group that aims to redefine the concert experience and is made up of some of Europe’s most brilliant chamber musicians. The ensemble has its own series at ‘Musikaliska’ in Stockholm and in 2014 a documentary was made of the group for Swedish Television SVT.
Combining her unique talents as both a soloist and chamber musician, Malin was appointed leader of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2008. As guest leader, she has since been invited to perform with the London Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
After regularly directing the Swedish Radio Orchestra she is now in demand as musical director/soloist. In that role she has appeared with Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Västerås Sinfonietta, Trondheim Soloists and Oulu Sinfonietta, Osterbothnia Chamber Orchestra, Lapland Chamber Orchestra and ACO Collective (Australia). In September 2015 Malin took up the post as Artistic Director for Musica Vitae Chamber Orchestra, a contract currently running until 2020.
In 2002 Malin was presented with the Halland Academy’s Award for Outstanding Cultural Achievement, and in 2008, she was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. With the Kungsbacka Piano Trio, Malin was honoured to receive the prestigious Interpret Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, which was presented to them by Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.
Committed to passing on her expertise to future generations, Malin has served as a member of the teaching staff at the Gothenburg Academy of Music and Drama, where she placed particular emphasis on the ergonomics of string playing. Currently she is Professor of Viola at Edsberg Institute of Music in Stockholm.
Malin’s performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Swedish Radio and throughout Europe. She has recorded over 30 discs with labels including Hyperion, NAXOS, Channel Classics and BIS. Her recording of Nielsen Violin Concerto will soon be released on Daphne Records.
Malin Broman plays a 1782 Guadagnini violin and a 1861 Bajoni viola, both generously loaned by the Järnåker Foundation.