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guitar & alto guitar

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Download high resolution publicity photo[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]“A fine virtuoso – soulful and musically elated”

Rhein Neckar Zeitung, Germany


“Exquisite guitar playing”

Bramshot Herald Review, UK


“Strikingly beautiful”

Sundsvalls Tidning, Sweden


Nils Klöfver is an internationally acclaimed guitar virtuoso with a career spanning from solo and chamber music performances and recordings to master class appearances and original compositions and arrangements. He regularly performs in the UK, around Europe and in South America, and he’s been broadcast on Swedish television TV4, Swedish National Radio and the LaUD Radio in Bogotá.


His praised work on the alto guitar (“A fine performance” – David Gilmour) has resulted in him becoming an ambassador for this Swedish 11-string instrument and his latest album was recorded to celebrate its 50 anniversary. Being passionate about spreading the knowledge about the alto guitar he has given master classes on the instrument at institutions like the Royal College of Music in London and the Javeriana University in Bogotá.


Nils’ interest in chamber music and the broadening of repertoire for guitar has resulted in commissions of new pieces, exploring lesser-known composers and an array of his own arrangements, published by the Swedish publisher Gehrmans. Among others he has performed with star sopranos like Ida Falk Winland and Clara Mouriz, violinist Irmina Trynkos, bandoneon player Tristan Macé and double bass player Kristina Edin.


Together with flautist Kimberley Boyle he co-founded the Castle Concert Series, of which he is now the artistic director. The series stages classical music in historically interesting castles in the Scottish countryside, widening audiences and making it more accessible in remote areas.


The album Altgitarr is available now on all major digital outlets (including iTunes, Spotify and Amazon etc.) and as a limited edition Art Vinyl, featuring the work of artist Jenny Svenberg Bunnel.


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INTERVIEW – Nils Klöfver : altgitarr

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”22px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Why did you decide to record an art music album?

I’ve always found it fascinating to combining different creative genres and discovering what happens in the very moment they meet. Both art forms are inspired and nurtured by each other and the result is far greater than the sum of its parts. It also widens audiences as it attracts people from both the music and the art worlds, something that I feel very strongly about.


What about the alto guitar, when did you first come in contact with it?

The guitar teacher who introduced me to classical guitar playing in my early teens, Stig-Arne Karlin, also played alto guitar. I still remember the lesson when he brought along this 11-string instrument for the first time. He opened the case and I was mesmerised of what I saw! Then he picked it up and played the prelude from Bach’s first cello suite and a new world opened in front of me. Since then the alto guitar has been as faithful a companion as the standard classical guitar.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Why is the alto guitar so important for you?

Apart from the initial impact it made on me I’ve come to appreciate the instrument more for what it is and what it can do – it’s sound is something quite special! It was guitarist Per-Olof Johnson and luthier Georg Bolin who developed the alto guitar in Sweden in the 1960s, and it’s fair to say that Göran Söllscher presented it to the world when winning the Paris Guitar Competition in 1978. I belong to the next generation of alto guitarists and I want to spread the knowledge of this instrument further. I’ve had the chance to give master classes at prestigious institutions like the Royal College of Music in London and the Javeriana University in Bogotá and this together with my recordings and my series of lecture recitals I aim to shine new light and create a wider interest in the alto guitar.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”52px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]What does the future hold?

The Altgitarr album is being launched in London on May 20th with a concert with me playing the alto guitar as the artist Jenny Svenberg Bunnel will be live drawing. Also, I’m right now editing a recording with exceptional flautist Kimberley Boyle, an album with music by Piazzolla and Debussy that is being released later in the year. Aside of this I’m doing lecture recitals, master classes and working on new arrangements and repertoire.

By Lucía Rojas for Guitarra Colombia


Download interview as PDF:

Interview – Alto guitar – Lucia Rojas

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Music video for the first track on the album Altgitarr: J.S. Bach, prelude from Lute suite in E major (BWV1006a)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/Q3Z0eeyJqt4″][vc_column_text]Fantasia VII

Nils performing Fantasia VII by English renaissance composer John Dowland on the 11-string alto guitar.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/YpkDidGXNhU”][vc_column_text]Tango en Skai

Nils interpretation of Roland Dyen’s brilliantly playful Tango en Skai.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height=”12px”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/BOUZDI0H5io”][vc_column_text]Libertango

Nils performing Astor Piazzolla’s fiery Libertango with flautist Kimberley Boyle at the 20th Century Theatre in Notting Hill, London[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/NtEZ0o7qr6Y”][vc_column_text]Concerto in D major

Nils performing Antonio Vivaldi’s concerto for guitar in D major with the City Side Orchestra at St. Martin-in-the-Fields[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/YfD-LpggbSo”][vc_column_text]TV interview

Nils Klöfver and Jenny Svenberg Bunnel interviewed about the Altgitarr album at the Swedish Broadcaster TV4’s breakfast show Nyhetsmorgon.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”72px”][vc_column_text]

New album: ALTGITARR

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_empty_space height=”12px”][vc_column_text]Altgitarr is an album where music for alto guitar recorded by Nils Klöfver merges with the drawings of Jenny Svenberg Bunnel to form a limited edition vinyl LP recording where each cover sleeve and disc is a piece of art in itself.


Altgitarr is the original Swedish name for 11-string instrument alto guitar  and the album celebrates its 50th anniversary with a selection of music ranging from Bach to Beatles. Its also the first album to recognise Anna Magdalena Bach as the composer of the 1st solo cello suite (BWV1007), a much debated and very exciting possibility!


Download Altgitarr – Nils Klöfver – press release A4

All information about Altgitarr can be found at artmusic.one


Download tracks in the following formats:

MP3 files


WAV (CD quality) files


High quality WAV (24bit/96k) files

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track listing[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Anna Magdalena Bach

Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 (BWV1007)

(arrangement: Göran Söllscher/Nils Klöfver)





Minuet I & II

Gigue[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Johann Sebastian Bach

Suite for lute in E major (BWV1006a)



Silvius Leopold Weiss



trad. (arrangement: Nils Klöfver)



John Lennon / Paul McCartney

(arrangement: Göran Söllscher)

Fool on the Hill[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”16444″ border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space height=”12px”][vc_column_text]“Celebrating the alto guitar on its 50th anniversary with this album, sprung from collaboration much like the instrument itself, makes me very proud.” 

Nils Klöfver


“Presence and concentration are two equally important as vulnerable threads on which we progress in this balancing act approaching our terminus – or maybe only a temporary halt on a longer journey.”

Jenny Svenberg Bunnel

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ALTGITARR in the media

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Nyhetsmorgon TV4, Sweden

Altgitarr is launched in Sweden with a performance on the national broadcaster TV4’s breakfast show. See the subtitled version at:


Bogota Post, Bogota, Colombia

Swedish classical guitarist Nils Klöfver arrived in Bogotá this month to promote his newest album,Altgitarr, which goes from Bach to The Beatles. Over a few café con leches, he discussed the making of the album with Marian Romero


LaUD, radio station, Bogota, Colombia

Conversamos en Amantes del Círculo Polar con este músico independiente, que luego de su presentación en el Auditorio Aurelio Arturo de la Biblioteca Nacional les enseño a nuestros oyentes su fusión de arte y música.


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Planet Hugill, London, UK

Until I received an email from Swedish guitaristNils Klöfver, I had never heard of an alto guitar. The instrument was developed 50 years ago in Sweden by luthier Georg Bolin and guitarist Per-Olof Johnson.


Swedish Embassy, London, UK

Altgitarr is an album where music for alto guitar recorded by Nils Klöfver merges with the drawings of Jenny Svenberg Bunnel


Press Release – Swedish

Download the Swedish Press Release

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[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”12px”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]For all enquiries, please contact Patrick Hehir Management:


phone: 0208 354 2518

mobile: 07919 064 662

email: phm@nilsklofver.com

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