Swedish composer Rolf Martinsson (b. 1956) is one of Sweden's internationally most represented contemporary composers. During the past few years, his music has been performed in several countries, in venues such as New York, Vienna, Paris, London, Berlin, Prague, Madrid and Tokyo. His cooperation with Håkan Hardenberger, which commenced in the late 1990s, opened the doors to the international stage following the first performance by the Göteborg Symphony Orchestra under Neeme Järvi of Martinsson's trumpet concerto Bridge. This was an immediate success, and Hardenberger has since performed the work at some 40 different concerts, for example at the Berliner Philharmonie.
His cooperation with Christian Lindberg has also formed an important part of Martinsson's international breakthrough. The trombone concerto Fairlight, which was commissioned by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, received high critical acclaim with Lindberg as soloist following its first performance in the Stockholm Concert Hall in the spring of 2005. Fairlight, which won The Swedish Music Publisher's Award 2005 for "The Most Significant Contemporary Music Work of the Year" was recently performed at the historic Musikverein in Vienna in May 2007 by Lindberg and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.