Martin Fröst
(c) Nikolaj Lund

Swedish clarinettist Martin Fröst, 44, has cancelled his upcoming appearances with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra due to Meniere’s disease, an inner-ear disorder. Fröst was scheduled to make his debut as SPCO’s artistic partner on November 11 and 12 and join the orchestra on an Asian tour as well. Fröst cancelled all his concerts through December. At SPCO he will be replaced by Alexander Fiterstein.

Meniere’s disease is due to an excess of fluid in the inner ear. The excess fluid disturbs the ear’s balance and hearing mechanisms and produces a range of symptoms: vertigo (a form of dizziness where your surroundings appear to spin), tinnitus (an abnormal ringing noise inside the ear), fluctuating hearing loss and a feeling of pressure or fullness in the ear due to fluid build-up. Treatment is apparently not easy. So, let’s hope that Martin Fröst will fully recover!

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