Magnus received his soloist diploma at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm 1994, and performed the Mozart flute concerto in G major with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has since 1990 been frequently engaged as a soloist and worked in many of Sweden´s symphony orchestras. His first solo cd (Flute Music, SFZ 1005) was released in autumn 2003 and received brilliant reviews both in Sweden and abroad. In 2007 a cd with the fluteconcerto “Shimmering Blue” was released and the critic Martin Nyström wrote in DN: “However, the most beautiful is “Shimmering Blue”, the fluteconcerto from 2005 written for the brilliant soloist Magnus Båge and Malmö Symphony Orchestra, with its slowly gliding Sibelius timbre: it is like watching the dancer Virpi Pahkinen do eights on a frozen lake completely forgotten by the world.” The recent years he has performed as a soloist, performing classical music as well as jazz.
Composing is an important part of his creative personality and after attending one year of composition studies in 2015-2016 at Gotlands Tonsättarskola, he has got commissions from different swedish cultural institutions such as Musik Västernorrland and he will compose an opera for children to 2018 which will tour around sweden.
Magnus’ own invention, a special kind of mouthpiece, which he calls the Expression slide, provides new opportunities to create effects on a flute that has never been possible before. ”I wanted to express new ideas, sounds and timbres. My great interest in Indian music and jazz, has of course inspired and influenced the development of the music that I have been working on since I constructed the Expression slide. In the European jazz, many musicians have borrowed sounds and expressions from our brothers and sisters in the east.”, he says. The mouthpiece has inspired several composers to directly compose for Magnus Båge; Rolf Martinsson wrote “Shimmering Blue” 2005, Jan Sandström wrote ”Flute Concerto”2009 och 2011 came “Concerto for flute, strings and harp” by Anna-Lena Laurin. The studies in jazz and jazz improvisation have resulted in collaboration with the jazz pianist Lars Jansson, bassist Fredrik Jonsson and the drummer Christer Sjöström – a new and giving step in his career!