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Mads Tolling - Private Events Performer


mads Tolling

Band Leader | Violin | DJ

San Francisco | Oakland | Napa

Book Mads TOlling For Your Event

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Mads Tolling - Private Events Performer


mads Tolling

Band Leader | Violin | DJ

San Francisco | Oakland | Napa

Book Mads TOlling For Your Event

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Ivy Hill works with pillars of the local music community to create amazing performances for our patrons. Each IHE artist also pursues the creation of original music. By hiring Ivy Hill artists for your event you'll be helping to keep the SF Bay Area's music scene thriving.


View Mads TOlling's Song List

Folk | Classical | Jazz


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BIO

Mads Tolling is an internationally renowned violinist and composer originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, now living in San Francisco. As a former member of both bassist Stanley Clarke’s band and the celebrated Turtle Island Quartet, Mads won two Grammy Awards, and he was nominated for a third Grammy in 2015. Recently, he was the 2016 winner of the DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star Violin Award. Mads has performed with Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Kenny Barron, Paquito D’Rivera, Leo Kottke and Sergio & Odair Assad.

After graduating Berklee College of Music in 2003, Mads was recommended by Jean-Luc Ponty to join Stanley Clarke’s band. He has since been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, and his recordings have received rave reviews in Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Strings Magazine and DownBeat Magazine. Mads has performed for Danish royalty – Prince Frederik & Princess Mary – at the celebration of The Danish Embassy’s 50-year Anniversary.

Mads now leads his own groups - Mads Tolling Quartet and Mads Tolling & The Mads Men. His latest release, Playing the 60s, is a reimagination of classic songs from 1960s film, TV and radio, such as “A Taste of Honey,” "Meet the Flintstones" and “Mission Impossible.” The album, released in 2017, features vocalists Kenny Washington and Spencer Day, and spent two months on US jazz radio’s top 30.

Mads loves to go one step further. With his distinctive style and innovative flair, Mads has taken tunes from rock and pop music such as Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” and Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” and created solo violin versions – sometimes using a loop pedal. The result is an exhilarating and thrilling musical adventure, with Mads guiding us to places we didn’t know a violin could go.

With his groups, Mads has performed over a thousand concerts around the world, including at The Hollywood Bowl, Library of Congress and at the Bay Area’s Paramount and Herbst Theatres. As a featured Yamaha Artist, Mads leads clinics and masterclasses in the US and internationally. As a composer Mads has twice been commissioned to write violin concertos – for Oakland Symphony and Pacific Chamber Orchestra. He has performed his symphonic works and soloed with orchestras around the US and Japan.

“With Tolling’s honed technique, vigorous attack and engaging brand of swing…”
- Washington Post

"This is stellar performing. Tolling's playing is near unbelievable.”
- All About Jazz


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Mads Tolling is also available to perform in these Ivy Hill associated acts.

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Mads Tolling - Artist Profile


Original Music

Albany, CA

From Straight Ahead Jazz to Rock

Music Page

Mads Tolling - Artist Profile


Original Music

Albany, CA

From Straight Ahead Jazz to Rock

Music Page

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Each Ivy Hill artist also pursues their own creative, innovative projects right here in the SF Bay Area. By booking our artists for your private events you're helping to keep the music community thriving. 


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In my own groups, Mads Tolling Quartet, we play original compositions and reimaginations of classic songs. Songs range from straight ahead jazz to more rockin' material inspired by the great fusion bands of the 70s, such as Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever.

I have twice composed violin concertos for symphony orchestras. The first performance was at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland in 2015 - a piece called "Begejstring." This piece was performed around the US and in Japan in 2017. My latest chamber music work was performed with Pacific Chamber Orchestra this past April, and it takes inspiration from my time growing up in Denmark - using an ancient folk song and Norse Mythology as a jumping off point.

I have arranged my original music for big band, and violin in a big band is something rarely seen.

To develop compositions and material that I can record and perform with my small group projects, big bands and chamber and symphony orchestras around the world. I have already written and performed with all such groups, and I want to keep it going
— Mads Tolling

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