It was for me an astonishing and unforgettable experience when Mr. Akerwall conducted my “Carmen Suite” at The Finnish National Opera. He conducted my music in a highly professional and musical manner and managed to reveal new sides of my score that not even some of the greatest legends of conductors who have conducted my music before have discovered.
Martin Akerwall gave my positive impressions from Helsinki further solidity when I saw him again conducting my ballet “Anna Karenina” at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen.
His rhythmic sense for the music is beyond any doubt very secure, his phrasing complete organic. The orchestra played precise and tight under his clearly readable hands. He gained well-deserved noticeable sympathy and respect from everybody involved with these ballet performances, including myself.
As a composer Martin Akerwall stands for me on an equally high level. He owns a highly developed sense for structure and drama and yet he composes with his heart. His concert for piano and winds “Arlequin” reveals a fabulous inventive richness in colour, ideas and instrumentation.
The most interesting music for tuba I have seen for years is his powerful piece for tuba and piano “Iceflower”. This music is exquisite original, profound and beautiful.
I have given his music my highest recommendations to my own publisher, the well-known “Schott Verlag” in Germany. His talented musicianship surely deserves internationally recognition.