is an internationally renowned violinist and composer originally from Copenhagen, Denmark. As a former member of bassist Stanley Clarke’s band and of the celebrated Turtle Island Quartet, Mads won two Grammy Awards, and he was nominated for a third Grammy in 2015. Mads is the 2016 winner of the DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star Violin Award.

Three years ago, Mads triumphantly debuted his violin concerto composition - “Begejstring” - at The Paramount Theatre with The Oakland Symphony and maestro Michael Morgan. He has since performed the piece around the US and recently headlined at Jazzstreet Festival with Orchestra Kanazawa in Japan. Mads has performed over a thousand concerts around the globe including appearances at many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls and music festivals, including The Newport Jazz Festival and The Hollywood Bowl, to the Library of Congress, Yerba Buena Gardens and Herbst Theatre.

Mads has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, and his recordings have received rave reviews in Downbeat Magazine, Strings Magazine, Washington Post, and San Francisco Chronicle. Mads latest release Playing the 60s is a reimagining of classic tunes from the 1960’s Mad Men Era. The album reached the top 5 in the US Jazz Radio Charts.

Mads performed for Danish Royalty – Prince Frederik & Princess Mary – at the celebration for The Danish Embassy’s 50-year anniversary.

As a featured Yamaha “Silent Strings” Artist, Mads leads clinics and masterclasses internationally, including Canada, Dubai and Japan.  As a performer, Mads got his breakthrough, when he was recommended by Jean-Luc Ponty to join Stanley Clarke’s band in 2002. He now leads his own groups - the Mads Tolling Quartet and Mads Tolling & The Mads Men.

Line Up

Mads Tolling – violin
Colin Hogan – piano
Sam Bevan – bass
Eric Garland – drums

On stage: 4
Travel party: 4

Line Up

Mads Tolling – violin
Jacob Fischer – guitar
Matthias Petri – bass
Andreas Svendsen – drums

On stage: 4
Travel party: 4

MADS TOLLING & Symphony Orchestra

In 2013 Mads Tolling was commissioned by conductor Michael Morgan to write a violin concerto for Oakland Symphony Orchestra. The concerto was premiered at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, California, and it has since been played around the US and recently in Japan. “Begejstring” (Excitement) is a cross-over piece with elements of jazz, blues and folk music.

The concerto has 3 movements and is 26 minutes long. Although the solo violin part has improvisation, no improvisation is required by the orchestra, but yet the piece has an improvisational playfulness throughout. “Begejstring” has been performed with just two rehearsals before the concert, and recently in Japan with a smaller orchestra setup, only one rehearsal was needed.

“Begejstring” is available for full symphony. In addition, Mads has arranged the concerto for a “Beethoven sized symphony.” For that setup Mads can perform a program of 50 minutes, which includes two pieces composed by violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and a Tolling arrangement of “My Favorite Things.”


Music samples Mads Tolling & The Mads Men

Music samples Mads Tolling Quartet
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Music samples Mads Tolling & Symphony Orchestra





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