Mads Tolling grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark. Beginning his training as a classical violin player at the age of six, Mads later graduated from the prestigious Sankt Annae School, where he started playing jazz at the age of 16. During those years, Mads received 1st prize in both the prestigious Berlingske Tidendes Classical and Jazz Competitions. While still in high school, Mads appeared on the well known Danish TV series "The Spider," performing with several distinguished Danish jazz musicians. After leaving Denmark, Mads traveled to Boston, where he went on to receive his Bachelor of Music degree at the Berklee College of Music, graduating summa cum laude. During his three years there he studied with jazz violinist Matt Glaser, saxophonist Joe Lovano and pianist JoAnne Brackeen, among others. He has received Sankt Annae's Award for Musical Excellence, as well as grants from Queen Margaret, the Sonning Foundation and the Berklee Elvin Jones Award. Mads has performed with Paquito D'Rivera, Joe Lovano, Al Di Meola, Lenny White, Gerry Brown and is currently a member of the renowned and Grammy nominated group, Turtle Island String Quartet. Mads has recorded 3 CDs of his original compositions, one of which features JoAnne Brackeen, and has recorded in a piano trio with vibraphonist Dave Samuels. Mads is also featured on singer Teena Marie's latest CD, "La Dona."

Check out Mads on his original composition "Palace"

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