BIO

Hailed by critics for his “superb clarity of tone, and wonderfully warm, musical playing”, and acclaimed by audiences for intelligent and enjoyable programming and narrations, Björn Kleiman appears as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician at festivals and venues throughout the UK as well as in his native Sweden and elsewhere in Europe.


Recent performances have included the UK Première of one Björn’s own compositions with the world-renowned flautist Wissam Boustany and members of the London Philharmonic; A Viennese themed recital with pianist Sholto Kynoch in conjunction with the exhibition at the National Gallery in London and playing Bach Violin Concerto in E Major and Atterberg Suite for violin and viola at St Martin in the Fields. Björn has worked with pianists Sholto Kynoch, Simon Lepper and Martin Sturfält and now performs regularly with the Japanese pianist Maiko Mori. He also has an exciting duo partnership with the guitarist Martin Fogel.

Björn has recorded numerous CDs and his double-disc recording of the complete music for violin and piano by Harald Genzmer for Thorofon Records was released in 2010; he has also made other World Première recordings of works by Albert Schnelzer, Benjamin Staern and Stefan Klaverdal to great critical acclaim.


This album is masterfully programmed, with each piece leading into the next. The violin work is exquisite. There is a great deal to recommend this collection which is skilfully executed, and should appeal to most classical music fans who are open to new music.

 

MusicWeb International

Björn’s recordings have attracted glowing critical acclaim from the press, including Mail on Sunday, International Record Review, MusicWeb International, Dagens Nyheter and Svenska Dagladet.


Among recent discs, the Christmas CD ”Deck the Halls” with Little Venice Ensemble and Soprano Susanna Andersson for Stone Records was named ‘Christmas Album of the Year Runner-up’ by Classic FM in 2014; whilst Mail on Sunday also commented on the set: “ A truly talented arranger, Bjorn Kleiman turns out an amazing selection of music for a small instrumental ensemble ranging from traditional carols to little-known European stuff”.

Eine feine und filigrante Virtuosität – gefühlvoll, musikantisch beschwingt. Björn Kleiman löste die heikle Aufgabe mit größter Brawur, ging die hochvirtuose Technik überaus lustvoll und mit saftigem Ton an.

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As well as a busy schedule as a soloist and chamber musician, Björn is active as an arranger of music of all genres, working with a diversity of artists such as rock band Echotape, singer Ankit Love and Björn’s own Little Venice Ensemble. He has also written arrangements for classical Soprano Susanna Andersson and the Helsingborg and Detroit Symphony Orchestras.  He is published by Phonenix Music UK, General Manager of the Chamber Music in Little Venice concert series in central London and he has edited a number of works for Gehrmans Musikförlag.

Apart from his performing duties, Björn is a committed and passionate violin and viola tutor at London’s Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He is also an Associate Lecturer of Violin at the University of Chichester, leading the String Orchestra and coaching Chamber Music.
Björn holds degrees from the Royal College of Music in London, where he studied with Dona Lee Croft and Maureen Smith, and from the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe Germany, where he continued his studies with Prof. Ulf Hoelscher and Karl-Heinz Schultz.



SCHEDULE

2018

23 January 1:10pm

Chapel Royal, Brighton, UK

Ravenna Piano Trio
Björn Kleiman, violin
Lily Beatrice Cooper, cello
Bethenny Gallimore, piano
Piazzolla Four Seasons and Daniel Schnyder Trio

13 February 1pm

Haywards Heath Methodist Church, West Sussex, UK

Ravenna Piano Trio
Björn Kleiman, violin
Lily Beatrice Cooper, cello
Bethenny Gallimore, piano
Piazzolla Four Seasons and Daniel Schnyder Trio

17 March 7:30pm

Wolfgang Sawallisch Haus, Grassau, Germany

Jenavieve Moore, soprano
Carl Philippe Gionet, piano
Josef Steiner, clarinet
Björn Kleiman, violin
Lily Beatrice Cooper, cello

22 March 12:30pm

St John’s Church, Harrow on the Hill, UK

Ravenna Piano Trio
Björn Kleiman, violin
Lily Beatrice Cooper, cello
Bethenny Gallimore, piano
Trios by Haydn & Clara Schumann

7 April 10am

S:t Nikolai kyrka, Halmstad, Sweden

Björn Kleiman, violin
Heidi Wieland, viola
Anna-Stina Mühlhäuser, cello
Lea Lööf, piano
Schumann Piano Quartet

8 April 6pm

Falkenberg, Sweden

Björn Kleiman, violin
Heidi Wieland, viola
Anna-Stina Mühlhäuser, cello
Lea Lööf, piano
Schumann & Mahler Piano Quartets

22 April 7:30pm

Shipley Arts Festival, Nuthurst, UK

Michala Petri, recorder
Andrew Bernardi, Andy Laing, Francesca Smith, Björn Kleiman, violin
Nic Pendelbury, Virginia Slater, viola
Jonathan Few, Esther Ward-Caddle, cello

28 April 7:30pm

Christ Church Spitalfields, London, UK

Chigwell School Choral Concert
Symphony Orchestra
Howard Ebden, conductor
Björn Kleiman, leader
Mozart Clarinet Concerto
Rowan Jones, soloist
Beethoven Symphony No 9

1 August

Björnekulla kyrka, Åstorp, Sweden

Jenavieve Moore, soprano
Lea Lööf, piano
Josef Steiner, clarinet
Björn Kleiman, violin
Lily Beatrice Cooper, cello

5-8 August

Lidköping Music Festival, Lidköping, Sweden

Martin Fogel, guitar
Patrik Klemola, guitar
Matilda Paulsson, soprano
Colin Stone, piano
Edin Consort
Björn Kleiman, violin
Lily Beatrice Cooper, cello

15 August 6pm

Österhaninge kyrka, Stockholm, Sweden

Björn Kleiman, violin
Lily Beatrice Cooper, cello
 

16 August 8pm

Kinne-Kleva kyrka, Götene, Sweden

Björn Kleiman, violin
Lily Beatrice Cooper, cello

25 August 6pm

Ängelholm, Sweden

Björn Kleiman, violin
Heidi Wieland, viola
Anna-Stina Mühlhäuser, cello
Lea Lööf, piano
Beethoven & Mahler Piano Quartets

 

29 August Time TBA

Nissanscenen, Stadsbiblioteket, Halmstad, Sweden
Arr. Halmstads Kammarmusikförening

Björn Kleiman, violin
Heidi Wieland, viola
Anna-Stina Mühlhäuser, cello
Lea Lööf, piano
Beethoven & Mahler Piano Quartets

8 December 7:30pm

Christ Church Spitalfields, London, UK

Chigwell School Choral Concert
Symphony Orchestra
Howard Ebden, conductor
Björn Kleiman, leader
Händel Messiah
John Rutter et al.

12 December 7:30pm

Royal Festival Hall, London, UK

John Lewis Partnership Christmas Concert
Symphony Orchestra and Choirs
Music from seasonal films, pieces commissioned for the Partnership and carols.

26 December 6pm

Björnekulla kyrka, Åstorp, Sweden
Annandagskonsert

Malin Christensson, sopran
Christer Ekstedt, trumpet
Björn Kleiman & Alexandra Hjortswang, violin
Heidi Wieland, viola
Lily Beatrice Cooper, cello
Nils Ölmedal, kontrabas

30 December 6pm

Falkenbergs kyrka, Falkenberg, Sweden
Jul & Nyårskonsert

Malin Christensson, sopran
Christer Ekstedt, trumpet
Björn Kleiman & Alexandra Hjortswang, violin
Heidi Wieland, viola
Lily Beatrice Cooper, cello
Nils Ölmedal, kontrabas

2019

4 January 1pm

Haywards Heath Methodist Church, West Sussex, UK

Björn Kleiman, violin
Lily Beatrice Cooper, cello
Solo Bach and Duos

4 July, time TBA

Skummeslövs Musikdagar, Laholm, Sweden

Kleiman Quartet
Kymia Kermani, clarinet
Björn Kleiman, violin
Anna-Stina Mühlhäuser, cello
Belinda Jones, piano
Music by Hindemith & Rabl

28 July, time TBA

Falkenberg, Sweden

Kleiman Quartet
Kymia Kermani, clarinet
Björn Kleiman, violin
Anna-Stina Mühlhäuser, cello
Belinda Jones, piano
Music by Hindemith & Rabl

2 August, time TBA

Laholm, Sweden

Kleiman Quartet
Kymia Kermani, clarinet
Björn Kleiman, violin
Anna-Stina Mühlhäuser, cello
Belinda Jones, piano
Music by Messiaen & Rabl

3 August, time TBA

Lund, Sweden

Kleiman Quartet
Kymia Kermani, clarinet
Björn Kleiman, violin
Anna-Stina Mühlhäuser, cello
Belinda Jones, piano
Music by Messiaen & Rabl



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Djärvt och helt rätt!

Violinisten Björn Kleiman är en kompetent och hängiven musiker.

 

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CONTACT

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