Professor of Viola & Chamber Music
HENRIK FRENDIN is known as one of today's most accomplished Scandinavian viola players. His artistic output covers a wide range of musical genres from classical to contemporary electro-acoustical and modern jazz.
He studied at The Royal Danish Conservatory and graduated with soloist diploma in 1989. At that time he had already a principal seat in the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. In 1991, Henrik Frendin left the orchestra and began a career as a soloist and chamber musician managed by the Swedish Concert Institute. This led to numerous concerts and radio recordings in Sweden and abroad. At the same time, he started to teach at the Malmö Academy of Music where he is since 2013 professor of viola and chamber music. Many of his former students claim top positions in Swedish orchestras. He has given master classes at the Guildhall School of Music in London, University of California, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, National Music Academy of Mexico City and Hochschule für Musik "Felix Mendelssohn" in Leipzig amongst others. He has also been a teacher and Head of Strings both at Royal College of Music in Stockholm and School of Music & Drama in Gothenburg.
He has appeared as soloist with several Swedish orchestras as well as the European Union Chamber Orchestra and has toured extensively in most European countries, Asia, North and South America. He was also a performing artist at the International Viola Congresses in Wellington, New Zeeland, Kronberg and Würzburg, Germany and Montreal, Canada.
Numerous compositions for the viola have been dedicated to him. In 2002, he gave the first performance of two viola concertos at the festival Lange Nacht der Neue Klänge in Wiener Konzerthaus. Through a long-term collaboration with the instrument maker Richard Rolf, he has developed a new amplified string instrument called Electric Viola Grande. This viola has set a new standard in this field of constructing electrified string instruments with an authentic sound. It has also led him to explore new concert settings of art & technology together with computer musician, Ph D Henrik Frisk, truly breaking new ground.
Henrik Frendin is represented on several CD labels. On Chamber Sound he made a highly acclaimed recording of the pieces for viola by Robert Schumann. His long-term collaboration with saxophone player Joakim Milder can be heard in three albums on Dragon Records. In 2003 he released a solo album with his own transcriptions of music by J.S.Bach on dB-productions. His solo CD; Viola Con Forza (Phono Suecia) is a portrait album where he presents new Swedish solo pieces written in the 21st century. This album was nominated for a Swedish Grammy in the category "classical solo of he year". His baroque viola playing can be heard at BIS label together with recorder player Dan Laurin.