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Maria Forsström

Mezzo-soprano


Maria Forsström was born in Gothenburg on the Swedish West coast. She is a singer of broad perspectives; being equally at ease at a Lieder recital and in the great symphonic repertoire as on the opera stage. She is much appreciated for her Mahler interpretations and her joy of exploring different musical styles.

Her repertoire spans from early Baroque over Mozart and Verdi to 20th century composers such as Luciano Berio and Benjamin Britten. An accomplished church organist and pianist, Maria Forsström graduated first as a church musician and choir conductor at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Early Music Studies followed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she also focused on Baroque and Classical ornamentation, completing her studies with orchestra conducting at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg. After this she started studying singing, realising that she wanted to be an instrument herself, singing from her heart.

Thus being also a conductor and a pianist, she is much in demand as a singing teacher and also as a sound coach by prominent choirs in Sweden, for example the Gothenburg Symphony Chorus and also the French Radio Choir. Schubert being one of her housegods, she is currently preparing a completely new translation of his and Müller’s Winterreise into Swedish, for a concert project with art, light and sound.

She holds a strong interest for neurobiology, related to the perception and learning processes within languages and music.

Since 2013, Maria Forsström has befriended the Polish musical scene many times under the baton of British-Polish maestro Jacek Kaspszyk, doing Mahler 2nd, 3rd and 8th symphonies, the Gurrelieder by Schönberg and Schubert songs.

Maria has performed with among others, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, La Chambre Philharmonique, the Warsaw Philharmony Orchestra, the Helsinki National Opera Orchestra, the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Wroclaw Symphony Orchestra, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Musica Aeterna, Perm, Russia, performing on opera stages in Europe, Russia and Japan, working with conductors such as Teodor Currentzis, Edward Gardner and Jacek Kaspszyk. Last Autumn she saw her Swedish opera debut with the Malmö Opera as Maffio Orsini in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia. This season she performs with the major Swedish orchestras in works as Mahler’s 3rd Symphony, Verdi Requiem and Sibelius’ Kullervo.

Maria Forsström, though being thoroughly Swedish by age-old ancestry, is an Anglophile with an Italian heart. A keen piano player since childhood, she loves to stroll through Haydn sonatas too late at night. Languages and gardening are other big interests. When not doing something musically, Maria is often found renovating her country house, looking out at her overgrown flowerbeds.