Martin Skafte (born in 1980) is a Swedish composer based in Gothenburg.
He came to international recognition when his piano suite 24 Preludes – Inspired by Claude Debussys Préludes for Piano was published by the leading Swedish publisher Gehrmans Musikförlag in 2017 and then recorded by Jonas Olsson. This led to numerous invitations for guest lectures at universities worldwide, which include Boston Conservatory and Berklee School of Music in the USA and Norges musikkhøgskole and Musikhögskolan i Malmö in Scandinavia.
Among Skafte’s solo and chamber music compositions are three reworkings of selected mazurkas by Chopin, Three Etudes, Six Bagatelles (to be performed with Beethoven’s Op 126 Bagatelles), 24 Preludes – Inspired by Claude Debussys Préludes for Piano, a song cycle Preludier for soprano, Scala Fenicia for cor anglaise and piano, and Engång for mixed choir and solo soprano.
The composer is currently collaborating with the Swedish pianist Peter Jablonski, for whom he is creating a Fantasia over two works by Scriabin, to be premiered at the Karlskrona International Piano Festival on 11 November 2021. He will also join American pianist Stephen Porter on a European tour in 2021, who will perform a selection of his piano works for international audiences.
His upcoming projects include composition of large scale symphonic works, and a piano concerto.
Skafte was educated at Gotland School of Music Composition in Visby, Sweden, and at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg, Sweden. He held artist residencies at Visby International Composers Centre in 2016, 2019, and 2020, and Villa San Michele – Anacapri, Capri in 2019. He is recipient of various grants and scholarships, which include funding from Swedish Arts Grants Committe, STIM, Helge Ax:son Johnsons Foundation, and Längmanska Foundation, among others.
His compositions are published by Gehrmans musikförlag in Sweden and Norsk Musikforlag, Musikkforlagene in Norway.