Martin Tingvall was born in 1974 in Schonen, a province in southern Sweden. After attending a high school for the performing arts his studies began at Skurups Folkhögskola, a Swedish form of community college, then he went on to study jazz piano, composition and improvisation at the Malmö Academy of Music. In between he completed a semester abroad in the Netherlands at the Academy of Music of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen. In 1999 Martin Tingvall performed a 'final exam' concert to graduate from the Malmö Academy of Music. Shortly afterward he moved to Hamburg, Germany. Since then he has worked together with many well-known recording artists in his capacities as musician and songwriter in a wide variety of music genres: for instance with Udo Lindenberg, Gunther Gabriel and Inga Rumpf, to name only a few.
In 2003 Martin Tingvall founded the Tingvall Trio together with Omar Rodriguez Calvo on bass and Jürgen Spiegel on drums. Since 2006 six studio albums and one live album by the trio have been released on SKIP Records, a label based in Hamburg. Martin Tingvall has composed all of the pieces for the Tingvall Trio until now. Though increasingly well known on a national scale, their activities are not limited to Germany: The trio has received three ECHO Awards and meanwhile established itself successfully on the European Jazz scene.
In 2012 Martin Tingvall released “En ny dag”, his first solo piano album. Three years later he has released the second solo album entitled “Distance”. Alongside compositions for solo piano and the Tingvall Trio, Martin Tingvall also writes songs for other artists, movie soundtracks, theatre and other projects.
For Udo Lindenbergs new album "MTV unplugged 2" Martin Tingvall composed the new song "Niemals dran gezweifelt". The album entered the Germand charts immediately as No.1.
Martin Tingvall writes the score to "Zorn", an episode of "Tatort", a popular crime series.
The SWR (Southwestern German broadcast) Bigband plays Tingvalls music.
Martin Tingvall composed a whole musical for the public theater in Kiel. Together with the artistic director Daniel Karasek and his colleague Kerstin Daiber who together adapted the text of Shakespear's comedy "twelfth night" Martin Tingvall (music) and Regy Clasen (songtexts) created a new musical.
The seventh album of Tingvall Trio "Cirklar" receives a gold record.
Cirklar, the seventh album of tingvall trio, is relaesed. The album not only hits the No. 1 on the German Jazz charts, it is even ranked on No. 29 of the German Pop Charts.
Martin Tingvall receives a gold record for his piano-solo album "En ny dag".
In collaboration with Rolf Zuckowski, a well known German singer and songwriter, Martin Tingvall makes the christmas album "Wär uns der Himmel immer so nah".
Udo Lindenberg's album "Stärker als die Zeit" is released. Martin Tingvall composed the single "Wenn du gehst" as well as two other songs "Eldorado" and "Muss da durch". The album was the most successful album in Germany that year.
Martin Tingvall writes the score to "Durchgedreht, an episode of "Tatort", a popular crime series.
“Distance”, the second solo piano album by Martin Tingvall, is released.
Martin Tingvall writes the score to the German ARD network made-for-TV drama “Für eine Nacht... und immer?”.
The Tingvall Trio receives a gold record for the album "Beat".
The Tingvall Trio receives a gold record for the album “Skagerrak”.
“Beat”, the fifth album by the Tingvall Trio, is released and promptly ranks 58th on the German Pop charts.
Martin Tingvall writes the score to the German ARD network made-for-TV drama “Die Sache mit der Wahrheit”.
“In Concert”, the Tingvall Trio’s first live album, is released.
Martin Tingvall writes the soundtrack to “Hüter der Tundra”, a documentary film, and the score to “Grenzgänger”, an episode of “Tatort”, a popular crime series.
The Tingvall Trio receives a gold record for the album “Norr”.
The Tingvall Trio is honoured with an ECHO Jazz Award as “Best Ensemble National” and additionally receives an ECHO Jazz Audience Choice Award for the “Best Live Act of the Year”.
“En ny dag”, the first solo album by Martin Tingvall, is released and ranked continuously on the German Jazz charts for 6 months following release.
Martin Tingvall writes the scores to the German WDR network made-for-TV movie “Jahr des Drachen” and to “Scheinwelten”, an episode of “Tatort”, a popular crime series.
The Tingvall Trio receives two gold records for the albums “Vattensaga” and “Vägen”.
“Vägen”, the fourth album by the Tingvall Trio, is released. The album not only hits No. 1 on the German Jazz charts, it is even ranked on the German Pop charts.
Udo Lindenberg’s album “MTV Unplugged - Live aus dem Hotel Atlantic” is released. The only new song on it, “Das Leben”, was composed by Martin Tingvall. The album remains in the charts for weeks and ends up being the bestselling album (multiple platinum) by a German recording artist in 2011.
The Tingvall Trio and Bernd Skibbe (SKIP Records) are awarded the HANS Hamburg Music Prize for the “Best Production of the Year” for the album “Vägen”.
The Tingvall Trio is honoured with an ECHO Jazz Award as “Best Ensemble National”.
“Vattensaga”, the third album by the Tingvall Trio, is released.
First movie soundtrack with the song “Unsterblich” (sung by Baschi, a well-known Swiss vocalist) on the film entitled “Zweiohrküken” (directed by Til Schweiger).
“Norr”, the second album by the Tingvall Trio, is released.
Udo Lindenberg’s successful come-back album “Stark wie Zwei” is released. Martin Tingvall composed the single “Wenn du durchhängst”, as well as two other songs,“Woddy Woddy Wodka” and “Der Astronaut muss weiter”. The album was ranked No. 1 on the German charts for weeks.
“Skagerrak”, the first album by the Tingvall Trio, is released.
Founding of the Tingvall Trio.
First encounter with Udo Lindenberg and first tour with Udo Lindenberg to Beijing and Shanghai.
Second Place in the EMI Music Publishing Songwriter Contest (1400 entries).
Second tour with Orange Blue, a band from Hamburg.
Regular member of Inga Rumpf and Friends, a band featuring female vocalist Inga Rumpf.
First tour with Orange Blue, a band from Hamburg.
Graduation concert at the Malmö Academy of Music in Sweden; moved to Hamburg, Germany.