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CHRISTIAN
SVARFVAR
VIOLINIST
Christian Svarfvar is a swedish violinist, svensk violinist

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ACCLAIM | PORTRAITS

REVIEW | HUFVUDSTADSBLADET

The golden edge of the whole thing is set by Christian Svarfvar's dazzling tonality and multifaceted expressive and emotionally empathetic playing, which leaves nothing to be desired.

Mats Liljeroos, HBL

REVIEW | JORDAN NEWS

Amazing arrangements for violin and orchestra by Anders Berglund. 

The whole work is crowned with the second-to-none performance of Christian Svarfvar and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, who have played the entire set of twelve pieces for the new recording.

Jean-Claude Elias, JN

REVIEW | GRAMOPHONE

His dreamy approach is mesmeric, in any case. His tone gleams, and the way he tugs yearningly on the leading tones draws one in. Svarfvar’s playing radiates tenderness

Andrew Farach-Colton, Gramophone

REVIEW | NYA WERLANDS-TIDNINGEN

Young Mr. Christian Svarfvar's tone is so lyrical and gentle that one is sometimes completely stunned and just filled by it.

Of top albums across all genres in 2023, the album secured the 5th place. 

Lasse Anrell, NWT

REVIEW | THE STRAD

Breathtaking performances of classics from the French repertoire. Christian Svarfvar and Roland Pöntinen. Svarfvar’s violin provides the perfect sound world – warm, intimate, and tonally ravishing. There are times, as in the Ravel Berceuse, when Svarfvar creates the magical impression of activating his instrument by breathing over the strings rather than bowing in the traditional manner

Julian Haylock, The Strad

REVIEW | SVENSKA DAGBLADET

Christian Svarfvar, with his beautiful tone and balanced vibrato, plays with clarity and technical brilliance, never missing a note and illuminating passages where other violinists tend to be careless. Christian Svarfvar allows his sensitively glowing tone to embody the classical ideal

Lars Hedblad, SvD

REVIEW | FINANCIAL TIMES

Grieg’s romantic cantabile rides on such a fluent variety of ideas that listening to all three sonatas in quick succession is pure pleasure, buoyed by Svarfvar’s fearless expression, rock-solid technique and stylistic acumen

Andrew Clarke, FT

REVIEW | DAGENS NYHETER

Christian Svarfvar and Roland Pöntinen create a dreamlike state whose sense of French chamber music is currently unparalleled among Swedish musicians.

(Gothenburg concert hall)

Martin Nyström, DN

REVIEW | BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

Svarfvar and pianist Henrik Måwe deliver a performance that is notable for its impeccable unanimity of ensemble, and the duo project the more overtly emotional Two Sentimental Romances with noble restraint.

Erk Levi, BBC Music Magazine

REVIEW | DAGENS NYHETER

In the hands of Svarfvar and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, what seems to be impossible to combine actually sounds strikingly organic, natural, and flowing.

All driven by exquisite musicianship, with a temperament far from the somewhat conceptual character that imprinted the composer Max Richter's similar recomposition of Vivaldi some years ago. 

Martin Nyström, DN

REVIEW | GRAMOPHONE

Svarfvar’s high range is impressively used in several movements – and the album is certainly worth listening to for Svarfvar’s performance alone.

Pwyll ap Siôn, Gramphone

REVIEW | LA SCENA MUSICALE

Tempting the listener to a world right outside her reach.

Kiersten van Vilet, La Scena Musicale

REVIEW | SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG

Christian Svarfvar takes on this famous violin concerto (Max Bruch) with his

unpretentiously elegant, yet concentrated sensual, yet

sweet violin tone. In contrast to others, Svarfvar never drives off to the pompous, he does not even get into the dripping sentimental or senselessly pleasing.

Helmut Mauró, SZ

REVIEW | FANFARE MAGAZINE

Few Violinists in my experience have captured the shimmering chiaroscuro of Faure´s sonata quite like Arthur Grumiaux has, but a somewhat more recent recording by Krysia Osotowicz comes close, and so too, I must say, does this new reading by Christian Svarfvar and veteran pianist Roland Pöntinen. The two players work together in perfect accord to produce a totally spellbinding performance.

Fanfare Magazine

REVIEW | AFTENPOSTEN

Imagine Max Richter's version of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons," only darker and more urban. Or Vikingur Olafsson's "Bach Reworks," but more danceable. Svarfvar himself plays with magnetic allure alongside the London Philharmonic Orchestra, virtuosic and intense.

Maren Ørstavik, Aftenposten

REVIEW | THE STRAD

The most successful recordings (Grieg Violin Sonatas) – most notably those by Christian Svarfvar and Maya Levy – tend to compensate subtly by playing up the third sonata’s open-hearted lyricism rather than its explosive Sturm und Drang

Julian Haylock, The Strad

REVIEW | CLASSICS TODAY

 I can’t help but think that Svarfvar’s darker tone and quicker vibrato subconsciously channel Casals’ cello style. A most attractive release.

(Aprés un rêve, Bis Records)

Classics Today

REVIEW | LUXEMBOURG WORT

Musical mastership, virtuosic control, and sensibility equally mastered.

Luxembourg Wort

FEATURE | DAGENS NYHETER

Christian Svarfvar is a professional musician with a winning mentality. 

He debuted at the age of twelve, performing Felix Mendelssohn's violin concerto.

Today, he is one of Scandinavia's most prominent violinists, having graced stages worldwide.

Johan Ekfeldt, TT

FEATURE | EPOCH TIMES

Linger on the moments of magic. Swedish violinist Christian Svarfvar is one of Scandinavia's most acclaimed violinists, performing with orchestras worldwide. He is now releasing the album "The Symphonic Touch of Benny Andersson.

Kristina Kleinert, Epoch Times

FEATURE | FOKUS

De är unga, svenska och uppträder på världens mest prestigefyllda konserthus. Ändå vet få vilka de är. De som är bäst på klassisk musik lever i konstant medieskugga.

Christian Svarfvar, en av Skandinaviens mest eftertraktade violinister. Du tillhör en ny generation internationellt framgångsrika musiker...

Elsa Westerstad, Fokus Magazine

FEATURE | ICON MAGAZINE

Redan som tolvåring hade han underbarnsstatus i den klassiska musikens värld. För ICON berättar stjärn- violinisten Christian Svarfvar om hur han ska öppna folkets ögon för hans livs passion. Och varför fiolen han spelar på är värd 30 miljoner kronor.

Maja Persson, ICON Magazine

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