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In the beginning of 2024 I am learning my suite Pictures of the Future for the world premiere in Musiikitalo, Helsinki, on January 1:st, 2025. In May I will have a concert with the folk music group Väsen in Reginateatern, Uppsala. The group consists of Olov Johansson, nyckelharpa, and Mikael Marin, viola. I have admired this group since the 90:s and I am really looking forward to this collaboration. I am also looking forward to my recital in Auditorio Nacional, Madrid, on November 16 at 1 PM


The solo CD Lofoten Meditations was released last September. It consists of improvisations inspired by the beautiful nature of Lofoten Islands, Norway. It also reflects the climate crisis: The music was originally made for a film by Trygve Luktvasslimo, The Vegan Toothbrush, in 2019.

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Photo: AnnaReet Gillblad


Another important solo CD is of his own suite Metal Angel (TOCC 0495), recorded on the spectacular organ built by Dominique Thomas in Monaco Cathedral.

Kultuurpakt Belgium writes about the Metal Angel CD: "The result is magical. One gets the feeling of standing in front of the gates of the Holy Grail castle and the sun is shining on the towers, to make us experience a higher power inside. This album can be enjoyed by hard metal fans as well as fans of classical music, and each will be transported to their world of imagination".

Watch the the whole Metal Angel suite here, from the release concert in Studio Acusticum: Metal Angel



Excerpts of some virtuosic pieces: Metal Angel - Bach - Improvisation.


Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E Minor BWV 548 from Thomaskirche in Leipzig, recorded in July 2021.


One of the encores from the concert in San Sebastian, Spain, in August 2022.



From the film Organist Idenstam - Licence to Dance www.dramatix.se


Idenstam Toccata V from the film Organist Idenstam - Licence to Dance



In 2013 Gunnar Idenstam received the Royal Medal Litteris et artibus by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden and the same year he was elected into the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

In 2012 Gunnar Idenstam was awarded the prestigious Interpreter´s Prize by the same Academy. The Jury wrote: "He has created his own musical platform and with a sense of tradition and renewal he brings influences from different genres, far from the traditional organ world, into the context of organ music. With a dazzling technique, serious and yet playful, and with revolutionary improvisations, he creates organ art on the highest international level."




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