Martin Skafte (1980-)

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Martin Skafte (1980-) is a Swedish composer known for his works for solo piano, chamber music, voice, and choir. His compositions are published by Gehrmans musikförlag in Sweden and Norsk Musikforlag, Musikkforlagene in Norway.
He studied at Gotland School of Music Composition in Visby, Sweden, and at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg, Sweden. He held artist residencies at Visby International Composers Centre, and Villa San Michele – Anacapri, Capri.

Martin Skafte is a Swedish composer known for his works for solo piano, chamber music, voice, and choir. His compositions are published by Gehrmans musikförlag in Sweden and Norsk Musikforlag, Musikkforlagene in Norway.

He came to international recognition in 2017, when his piano suite 24 Preludes – Inspired by Claude Debussy's Préludes for Piano was published by the leading Swedish publisher Gehrmans Musikförlag. He was invited to speak about his work to international audiences, which include Boston Conservatory and Berklee School of Music in the USA and Norges musikkhøgskole and Musikhögskolan i Malmö in Scandinavia.

Among Skafte's notable compositions are three reworkings of selected mazurkas by Chopin, Three Etudes, Six Bagatelles (to be performed with Beethoven's Op 126 Bagatelles), piano trio, a song cycle Preludier for soprano, Scala Fenicia for cor anglaise and piano, and Engång for mixed choir and solo soprano.

His music has been championed by the leading Swedish pianist Peter Jablonski, for whom he has written a Fantasia on Two Pieces by Scriabin (Mazurka Op 25 No and Piano Sonata No 9), premiered at the Karlskrona International Piano Festival on 14 November 2021. His music has also been performed and promoted by the pianists Jonas Ohlsson (Sweden) and Stephen Porter (USA), among others.

Skafte was educated at Gotland School of Music Composition in Visby, Sweden, and at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg, Sweden. He held artist residencies at Visby International Composers Centre in 2016, 2019, and 2020, and Villa San Michele – Anacapri, Capri in 2019. He is recipient of multiple grants and scholarships, which include funding from Swedish Arts Grants Committe, STIM, Helge Ax:son Johnsons Foundation, and Längmanska Foundation, among others.

Summary list of works

Works for solo piano, including Piano suite 24 Preludes – Inspired by Claude Debussys Préludes for Piano (Gehrmans Musikförlag in 2017), and Fantasia on Two Pieces by Scriabin (Mazurka Op 25 No and Piano Sonata No 9), for Peter Jablonski, 2021, piano trio, chamber music, song cycle for soprano Preludier, 2020, choral works.


Works by Martin Skafte

Number of works: 13