Mads Tolling

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Mads Tolling
Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson (2011)
Background information
Born (1980-07-05) July 5, 1980 (age 37)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Genres classical, jazz
Instruments violin, viola
Years active 2003–present
Associated acts Turtle Island Quartet, Mads Tolling Quartet, Stanley Clarke

Mads Tolling (born July 5, 1980)[1] is a Danish-American violinist, violist, and composer. Tolling won Grammy Awards for "Best classical crossover album" as part of Turtle Island Quartet's recordings 4+Four (2006)[2] and A Love Supreme - The Legacy of John Coltrane (2008).[2] Tolling also recorded on Stanley Clarke's The Toys of Men (2007).[3] He is currently first violinist with the Turtle Island Quartet,[4] soloist with bassist Stanley Clarke’s band,[3] and bandleader of his solo project the Mads Tolling Quartet.[5]

Born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, Tolling relocated to the United States to study at Berklee College of Music where he graduated Summa Cumme Laude in 2003. Tolling received Denmark's Sankt Annae's Award for Musical Excellence as well as grants from Queen Margrethe, the Sonning Foundation and the Berklee Elvin Jones Award. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music, Tolling has toured worldwide with the Stanley Clarke band and Turtle Island Quartet. Tolling has also performed with Al Di Meola, Kenny Barron, Paquito D'Rivera, and Leo Kottke.[6]


Mads Tolling Quartet[edit]

In 2007, Mads Tolling formed the Mads Tolling Trio and immediately recorded Speed of Light (2008).[7] Six of the 11 tracks are original compositions. The following year, Tolling added a drummer, became the Mads Tolling Quartet,[6] and has performed at: Yoshi's Oakland, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, San Jose Jazz Flavors and Jazz, Kuumbwa Jazz, Throckmorton Theater, Moody's Bistro, and Russian River Jazz Festival.[8]

The Playmaker[edit]

Mads Tolling's sophomore CD release The Playmaker features Stanley Clarke, Russell Ferrante, and Stefon Harris. Seven of the 11 tracks are original compositions. Endorsed by both Yamaha Corporation of America[6] and Connolley Music, Inc.,[9] Tolling views his instrument as part fiddle, part saxophone, part acoustic and electric violin. The Playmaker is a journey into jazz, fusion, funk, classical, Danish folk along with rock & roll arrangements of Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” and Radiohead’s “Just.” The Playmaker (Madsman Records/City Hall) was released on October 20, 2009.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Tolling presently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.[11] When he's not performing or practicing, Tolling enjoys golfing, tennis, and hiking.[12]


  • Ann Hampton CallawayAt Last (2009/Telarc)[13]
  • Mads Tolling Trio – Speed of Light (2008)[12]
  • Sekou Bunch – The Next Level (2008/Trippin N Rhythm)[14]
  • Stanley ClarkeToys of Men (2007/Heads Up)[3]
  • Turtle Island Quartet – A Love Supreme – The Legacy of John Coltrane (2007/Telarc)[4]
  • Freddy Clarke – Wobbly World (2007/Wobbly World)[7]
  • Jessica Fichot – Le Chemin (2007/[15]
  • Fernando OrtegaThe Shadow of your Wings (2006/Curb Records)[16]
  • Turtle Island Quartet & Ying Quartet4+Four (2005/Telarc)[4]
  • Yotam Rosenbaum & Dave SamuelsBalance (2005/YRM)[17]
  • Teena MarieLa Dona (2004/Universal)[18]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

  • Turtle Island Quartet: 4+Four (2006)[2]
  • Turtle Island Quartet: A Love Supreme - The Legacy of John Coltrane (2008)[2]

Other Awards[edit]

  • Berklee Elvin Jones Award (2002)
  • Sonning Award (2001)
  • The Augustinus Foundation, Denmark (2000)
  • Queen Margaret Award (2000)


  1. ^ "Mads Tolling Biography". All About Jazz. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Past Winners Search". The Recording Academy. 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Mads Tolling". The Players. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Turtle Island Quartet". Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Moore, Nick (February 12, 2009). "Mads Tolling Quartet Fires Up Oakland Venue Yoshi's with Furious Sound". The Daily Californian. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c "Mads Tolling". Silent Strings. Yamaha United States. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Mads Tolling: Violin". Wobbly World. Freddy Clakre. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Mads Tolling Quartet". Sonic Bids Marketing. 
  9. ^ "Mads Tolling". Artists and Instruments. Connolly Music Company, Inc. 2008. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  10. ^ Hamlin, Jesse (5 February 2009). "Tolling, Mads: The Playmaker". City Hall Records. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  11. ^ Hamlin, Jesse (February 5, 2009). "Hard work got Mads Tolling to Turtle Island". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Mads Tolling Official Website". Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  13. ^ "Ann Hampton Callaway Discography". Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  14. ^ Hadley, Diane. "Veteran Bassist Sekou Bunch's All-Star First Solo Album, The Next Level, Hits the Streets". Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "Le Chemin | Jessica Fichot". 
  16. ^ "Shadow of Your Wings | Fernando Ortega". Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  17. ^ "Balance: New Original Jazz Album". Yotam Rosenbaum. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  18. ^ "Teena Marie – La Doña". Discogs. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 

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