MADS TOLLING is an internationally renowned violinist and composer originally from Copenhagen, Denmark. As a former member of the celebrated Turtle Island Quartet, he won two Grammy Awards for Best Classical Crossover album and was nominated for a third Grammy last year.
Mads recently and triumphantly debuted his violin concerto composition - “Begejstring” - at The Paramount Theatre with The Oakland Symphony Orchestra, and has performed over a thousand concerts around the globe including appearances at many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls and music festivals. He continues to tour internationally and has headlined nationally everywhere from 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 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 master classes internationally. 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 – Utopia String Trio, which is more classical in nature, and Out of Bounds, which is a cross-over string quartet
Mads has several music projects to choose from. His latest, Mads Tolling & The Mads Men, is all about celebrating music from TV, film and radio of the 1960’s ‘Mad Men’ Era. With his own distinctive style and innovative flair, Mads has created a program that is at once nostalgic, as well as contemporary.
“Mercy, Mercy, Mercy”
“Meet the Flintstones”
“Georgia on My Mind”
“All Along the Watchtower”
Mads has his regular jazz quartet program, where he plays the American Songbook as well as music from his Danish heritage.