"The brilliant, athletic Swedish group Kroumata"
The Daily Telegraph
"The precision of the Kroumata players is no less remarkable than their horsepower"
“...the Kroumata ensemble of Stockholm, a truly exhilarating group.” FanfareMagazine
After 35 years of unequalled performances , Kroumata has brought percussion from the back row of the orchestra into the limelight of centre stage.
Kroumata is one of the world`s leading percussion ensembles. The unequalled dynamism and energy of Kroumata’s performances have dazzled audiences all over the world. The unique experience of a Kroumata concert appeals to audiences of all different ages and cultural backgrounds.
Kroumata have a strong commitment to contemporary percussion music and has commissioned numerous works from Swedish and international composers. The group’s extensive repertoire includes works by composers as diverse as Sofia Gubaidulina, György Ligeti, John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Hanna Hartman, Giovanni Verrando, André Chini, Steve Reich and Sven David Sandström. Over 200 works have received their World Premieres by Kroumata.
Kroumata has made tours to some 40 countries and performed recitals to critical acclaim all over the world, for example Berliner Philharmonie, Teatro Solis and Wiener Konzerthaus as well as tours to Argentina, USA, Australia, Belgium, Cyprus, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Mexico, Taiwan, Portugal, Italy, Brazil and Germany.
In addition to recitals, Kroumata is increasingly in demand as a soloist-ensemble performing together with orchestras and other ensembles. The group has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Berliner Symphoniker, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra to name a few. Kroumata has performed at many festivals, including Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, TUMPAC Montevideo, Vilnius Festival, Belgium Percussion Festival, Cyprus Pharos Trust, Inventionen Berlin, PASIC USA, Sound of Stockholm, Oslo Ultima Festival, Wien Modern and the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Their list of achievements also includes twenty CDs, many of them in collaboration with other artists or ensembles.
In its home country Sweden, Kroumata has attained a loyal following, with sold-out performances throughout the country. Its appeal is universal, with fans of all ages and backgrounds. Among others, H. M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden is a loyal supporter of Kroumata`s, and especially requested that Kroumata perform at the king’s 50th birthday celebration in 1996. In June 2002, at the large-scale celebration of the city of Stockholm`s 750th anniversary, Kroumata had the honour of organising and performing a concert in the grounds of the Royal Palace.
Members of Kroumata: Johan Silvmark, Ulrik Nilsson, Pontus Langendorf, Roger Bergström.