Mads Tolling Duo

Jazz Duo

Mads Tolling

Recipient Information


Albany, California


Jazz Violin & Composition

Year of Award


Grant or Fellowship

Jazz Road Tours Grant

Grant Amount



About the Artist

Mads Tolling, internationally renowned violinist and composer, is a two-time Grammy Award-Winner and the 2016 DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star winning violinist. As a former nine year member of both Turtle Island Quartet and bassist Stanley Clarke’s band, Mads has spent most his professional life touring internationally. Since 2007 Mads has lead his own group, Mads Tolling Quartet. The Playmaker released in the fall of 2009, features Stanley Clarke and jazz greats Russell Ferrante & Stefon Harris. A MTQ album: Celebrating Jean-Luc Ponty – Live at Yoshi’s was released in May, 2012. Mads’ latest album is called Mads Tolling & The Mads Men – Playing the 60s, which features classic songs from TV, film and radio in fresh jazzy versions with guest vocalists Kenny Washington and Spencer Day.

Mads has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, and his recordings have received rave reviews in Downbeat Magazine, Strings Magazine, Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle. He has performed with Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Kenny Barron & Paquito D’Rivera.