F E A T U R E D   R E V I E W S

“Jonathan Östlund is one of those contemporary composers who writes music with natural poetic melodies and highly sophisticated harmonies, blending tradition with contemporary expression. The music flows with extremely flexible interpretation, with both dramatic climaxes and romantically soft sections, with variations in color, texture, emotion and narrative expression. Full of passion, emotion, fatality... ”

Jan Hocek (His Voice, Czech Republic)

“Östlund's signature, like Debussy and Schumann in the great tradition, merges atmosphere, mystery, fantasy, and fairy tale. The sensation of Nachtmusik is so strong that one can approach [Lunaris] these two discs as a single narrative of encounters by moonlight. [Östlund's] personal vocabulary—striking, often repetitive rhythms, dashes of Shostakovich and Prokofiev, diatonic harmonies that bend in other directions, and remembrances of vocal traditions from Arabia and the Orient that decorate the lyrical line with melismatic flourishes—is markedly original. [I] feel enriched by stepping into his world of fancy free.”

Huntley Dent (Fanfare)

"There is a terrific swirl of music headed by the flute as the instrumentalists rush to the coda with a flourish. This is a most entertaining piece. [...] 'Winter Vigil', a piece that slowly develops through some quite lovely passages, conjuring some very fine images whilst giving the impression of an improvisation. At times the music gains an almost Bach like flow before rippling phrases lead to the coda. This is a particularly fine piece[...] Jonathan Östlund is a composer who reveals an ability to create works that are magical, playful and energetic, but always with a distinctive sound, a sound that will surely appeal to a wide audience."

Bruce Reader (The Classical Reviewer)


January 2020

NEW album: "Mistral" [Divine Art]

Press Release + Pre-Order

"Mistral" features recordings with:

Thomas Beard [Cello],
Evgheny Brakhman [Piano],
Nataly Grines [Piano],
Rachael Elizabeth Cohen [Flute],
Felix Foster [Horn],
Myriam Hidber-Dickinson [Flute],
Olivier Hebert-Bouchard [Piano],
Christine Elizabeth Hoerning [Clarinet],
Natalia Kovalevskaya [Violin],
Andreas Laake [Violin],
Sydney Links [Viola],
Vlad Podgoretsky [Conductor],
Bow Tie Orchestra & Mixed Chorus.


January 2019

NEW double album: "Voyages" [Divine Art]

Press Release 

Palette of Previews [from all 38 tracks]

Brochure & Direct purchase


"Voyages" features recordings with:  

Duo Almira [Flute & Bassoon], 

Evgheny Brakhman [Piano],

Walter Gatti [Organ],

Manon Gleizes [Soprano],

Sasha Grynyuk [Piano],

Myriam Hidber-Dickinson [Flute],

Christine Elizabeth Hoerning [Clarinet],

Harry Polda [Piano],

Elena Saccomandi [Violin],

Artyom Safronov [Tenor],

Alicja Śmietana [Violin],

Vladimir Spector [Violin],

Einar Steen-Nøkleberg [Piano],

Trio Tempora [Clarinet, Cello, Piano],

Alexander Zagorinsky [Cello], 

Ksenia Zuleva [Viola],

Ensemble NEO,

Umeå Symphony Orchestra

E V E N T S​

April 2020

Studio recording with Myriam Hidber-Dickinson

February 2020

Studio recording with Myriam Hidber-Dickinson and

Stefan Cassar

January 2020

NEW Release:

"Mistral", Divine Art Records

Violin Concerto mvt.3 - official excerpt preview 

Preview 2

Preview 3

Preview 4

WPs of:

'La nuit étoilée', 'La neige de Noël',

'Mariä Wiegenlied' and 'Midnight Hour

[Mezzosoprano, Flute, Piano & String Orchestra],

Cond. Andreas Laake,

Mezzosoprano Lina Ferencz,

Flute Myriam Hidber-Dickinson,

Piano Andrea Pedrazzini

Ascona, Switzerland  

Concert info

Studio recording with Ursula Leveaux,

Laurence Perkins and Sasha Grynyuk

Studio recording with Gabriella Dall'Olio,

Anna Noakes and Yukiko Ogura

October 2019

Release of the physical album:

"Voyages", Divine Art Records


March 2019

Studio recording with Nataly & Evgheny Brakhman

Studio recording with Myriam Hidber-Dickinson

Studio recording with Verisimo Ensemble

February 2019

Studio recordings with the Bow Tie Orchestra

[based on the National Orchestra of Russia], 

conductor Vladimir Podgoretsky

January 2019

NEW Release: 

"Voyages" [digital album], Divine Art Records

Preview 1

Preview 2

Preview 3

November 2018

Premiere of 'Fantasia on Scarborough Fair'

during Kosova Kamerfest 2018;

Trio Entr'Acte:

Flute Nina Shala, 

Cello Mario Guralumi,

Piano Lirika Pula-Kasapolli

Prishtina, Kosovo

Concert info

WP of 'Night of June[Mixed Choir];

Rilke Ensemblen

Conductor Gunnar Eriksson

Göteborg, Sweden

Concert info

August 2017

WP of 'L'al di la' [Alto Saxophone & Piano],

Duo Macarons

Münster, Germany

excerpt (from the live performance)

May 2017

WP of 'Minuit et Mistrale' [Violin & Piano],

Violin Yury Revich

Piano Matthieu Esnult

Vienna, Austria

March 2017

WP of 'Sonata in Blue' [Trombone & Piano]; 

dedicated to Duo Anasa

Athens, Greece

Recording of 'Dacian Prayer' [Cello & Piano]

and of 'Oblivion' [Piano Quartet];

Violin Vladimir Spector,

Viola Ksenia Zuleva,

Cello Alexander Zagorinsky

Piano Einar Steen-Nøkleberg,  

sound engineered by Alexander Volkov;

State House of Broadcasting and Audio Recording,

Moscow, Russia

February 2017

WP of 'Silver Cathedral' [Piano Concertino];

Piano Marilina Tzelepi

Conductor Faidra Giannelou

& OperArt Lab Chamber Symphony Orchestra,

Athens, Greece


October 2016

Recording of 'Air dans l'Air' [Solo Flute]

dedicated to Myriam Hidber-Dickinson 

WP of 'Lune d’Été',

commissioned by La Côte Flûte Festival, 

interpreted by Vega Ensemble

Nyon, Suisse 


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