Niklas Sivelöv

“a pianist of utmost sensational quality”
Göteborgsposten (recital at the Barbican, London)

Niklas Sivelov
est un pianiste dont l’intelligence sait explorer toutes les ressources de son instrument …
et avec un virtuosité pétillante

Niklas Sivelov is a pianist whose intelligence allows him to explore all the
resources of his instrument …
and with a sparkling virtuosity.] (Geneva: Prokofiev Piano Concerto no.3)
ith an intense brilliance, a finely controlled touch, exquisitely formed detail and an impeccable sense of

Politiken (recital at the Tivoli, Copenhagen)
“The Renoir of the piano. One of the most interesting pianists of our time.”

Nordjyske Stiftstidende (recital in Aalborg)
As one of the leading Scandinavian pianists, the award-winning pianist and composer
Niklas Sivelöv
has taken his career to new international heights with an extensive catalogue of recordings for such labels as BIS, Caprice, Dacapo, Naxos, Toccata Classics and AMC
Classical, some of which have been awarded the Diapason d’or, C
HOK and the Penguin Rosette. His concert career spans four continents, including venues such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Barbican, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Tivoli Copenhagen and the Atheneum in Bucharest. He has won critical acclaim and enchanted audiences for his artistic temperament, impeccable technique and spellbinding stage presence. His wide-ranging concert repertoire covers Bach to Skryabin, Scandinavian composers and beyond, and includes approximately 50 piano concerti including four of his own. As a composer of note, his catalogue of works includes three symphonies, 24 Preludes for piano and several chamber music pieces.
Niklas Sivelöv
is also a notable improviser, with several successful recordings and collaborations: the CD
Improvisational 1
was a sensational success at
The Independent Music Awards
, where he was the first Scandinavian to win the prize for the best classical album and was
given the People’s Choice Award
The leading orchestras with which Niklas Sivelöv has performed include the Stockholm Philharmonic, Zürich Tonhalle, Suisse Romande (Geneva) and Prague Radio Symphony under the baton of many distinguished conductors, among them Alan Gilbert, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kristjan Järvi, Sakari Oramo, Mario Venzago Jukka-Pekka Saraste , Grzegorz Nowak, Janos Fürst and Leif Segerstam The instrumentalists with whom he has performed include the Swedish clarinettist Martin Fröst, cellist Leonid Gorokhov, flautist Patrick Gallois and violinist Zakhar Bron. Niklas Sivelöv grew up in Skellefteå in northern Sweden, where he began playing the organ as a six-year-old; his first compositions followed soon after. He played by ear until he was 14, when he began traditional piano instruction and learned to read music. He studied with, among others, Gabriel Amiras and Maria Curcio Diamond, students of the famed Heinrich Neuhaus and Artur Schnabel.. He lives in Malmö and is professor at the Royal Danish Music Academy in Copenhagen. His book on the art of piano-playing, distilled from a lifetime of performance and study, will be published in October. He was recently knighted by the Queen of Denmark as Knight of the Order of Dannebrog.

Antti Siirala

First Prize winner of three international piano competitions, including the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition (2003), Finnish pianist Antti Siirala has established himself as one of the finest pianists of his generation. In addition to a stunning debut with the San Francisco Symphony playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 under Osmo Vänskä, he has appeared in America with the symphonies of Detroit, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Knoxville, and New Jersey, as well as the Louisiana Philharmonic and the Mostly Mozart Orchestra at Lincoln Center. He made his debut with the Sarasota Orchestra during the 2015/2016 season performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

Worldwide, Mr. Siirala has appeared with the Bamberg Symphony, BBC/London, City of Birmingham Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie, Finnish Radio Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, German Symphony Orchestra/Berlin, Liverpool Philharmonic, NDR Orchestra/Hannover, New Japan Philharmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo, Residentie Orkest/The Hague, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Swedish Radio Orchestra, SWR Orchestra/Freiburg and  Baden-Baden, Vienna Symphony, WDR Orchestra/Cologne, Zurich Tonhalle, and the orchestras of Melbourne and Queensland, among others. During the 2016/2017 season, he will make his debut with the Minas Gerais Philharmonic/Brazil performing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Conductors with whom Mr. Siirala has collaborated include Paavo Berglund, Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Stéphane Denève, Thierry Fischer, Mikko Franck, Michael Gielen, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Pietari Inkinen, Kristjan Järvi, Neemi Järvi, Fabio Luisi, Susanna Mälkki,  Sakari Oramo, François-Xavier Roth, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Lan Shui, Osmo Vänskä, Mario Venzago, Hugh Wolff, and Xian Zhang.

An enthusiastic recitalist, Antti Siirala was selected as one of four pianists to perform on the piano recital series of the Berlin Philharmonic (the others being Pierre Laurent Aimard, Lang Lang, and Martin Helmchen). He has appeared at the Cologne Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Lucerne Festival, Schumannfest/Düsseldorf, Zurich Tonhalle, London’s Wigmore Hall, and major venues in Brussels, Milan, Detroit, and New York. His debut recording of Schubert transcriptions for Naxos (2003) and his subsequent recording of works by Brahms for Ondine both receivedGramophone Magazine’s “Editor’s Choice” award. Piano News awarded the Brahms disc its highest rating for interpretation. More recent recordings include the late sonatas of Beethoven for the AVIE label, and the Beethoven Triple Concerto for SONY.

In 2004, Mr. Siirala’s debut in Brussels exemplified his spontaneity and flexibility: asked to step in for the concert’s suddenly indisposed conductor, Mr. Siirala enthusiastically directed the orchestra from the piano in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Following the intermission, he further delighted the audience with a “splendid rendition” of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations in place of the scheduled Third Symphony of Brahms.

He was immediately re-engaged for concerts with the Orchestre National and a recital at the Palais des Beaux Arts! Pianists for whom he has successfully stepped in include Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Hélène Grimaud, and Ivo Pogorelich.

Though the compositions of Beethoven and Brahms are at the heart of Antti Siirala’s repertoire, his grasp of the entire stylistic spectrum is equally impressive. Especially committed to new music, he has premiered works by Walter Gieseler, Kuldar Sink, Uljas Pulkkis, and Kalevi Aho. Kaijo Saariaho’s first work for piano solo, Balladen, is part of his current recital program.

Also an active chamber musician, Mr. Siirala often collaborates with Jan Vogler, Moritzburg Ensemble, Caroline Widmann, Christian Poltera, and Lawrence Power. In addition to his performance activities, in 2013, he was appointed Professor of Piano at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich.

Stephen Kovacevich

Stephen Kovacevich is one of the most searching interpreters, never afraid to take both technical and musical risks in order to achieve maximum expressive impact. As a pianist he has won unsurpassed admiration for his playing, non-more than from Leopold Stokowski who wrote: “You do with your feet what I try to do with my Philadelphia Orchestra”.

Born in Los Angeles, Stephen Kovacevich laid the foundation for his career as concert pianist at the age of eleven.  After moving to England to study with Dame Myra Hess, Stephen made his European debut at Wigmore Hall in 1961.  Since then he has appeared with many of the world’s finest orchestras and conductors including Hans Graf, Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur, Simon Rattle and Georg Solti. In addition, he has forged many longstanding professional relationships, most notably with Colin Davis with whom he made numerous outstanding recordings, including the legendary Bartok Piano Concerto No.2 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Recent and upcoming recital highlights include an extensive tour of the Far East, recitals in Paris, Berlin, Boston, Zagreb, Dublin and Cardiff, alongside two live BBC Radio 3 broadcasts from St George’s Hall, Bristol and Wigmore Hall. His recent concerto highlights include a triumphant return to Montreal Symphony Orchestra (under David Zinman), Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra (with Sylvain Cambreling), Malaysian Philharmonic (Jacek Kaspszyk), Orchestre de chambre de Paris (John Nelson) and Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Vladimir Ashkenazy).  Stephen recently performed to a sell-out audience for his recital at the International Piano Series at the Queen Elisabeth Hall in London.  In addition, Stephen is a regular soloist at the Verbier and Lugano festivals.

Stephen is a committed chamber musician who has collaborated with Jacqueline du Pré ( with whom he recorded their celebrated recording of Beethoven’s Sonatas No. 3 and 5), Martha Agerich, Steven Isserlis, Nicola Benedetti, Nigel Kennedy, Lynn Harrell, Gautier Capuçon, Renaud Capuçon, Kyung-wha Chung, Truls Mørk, Emmanuel Pahud, Anna Larsson, Alina Ibragimova, Philippe Graffin, Joseph Suk and the Amadeus, Belcea and-Cleveland Quartets.

Stephen Kovacevich has enjoyed an illustrious long-term relationship with recording companies Philips and EMI.  To celebrate his 75th birthday, Decca has released a Limited Edition 25 CD Box Set of his entire recorded legacy for Philips.  In 2008 Stephen Kovacevich recorded Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations exactly 40 years after his first recording of the work. This Onyx recording won him the 2009 Classic FM Gramophone Editor’s Choice Award and the Top Choice’ by Gramophone Magazine in September 2015, to quote: “his seasoned yet fearless mastery reveals something new with each hearing”.

Nina Tichman

Since her debut at the age of seventeen playing Beethoven´s „Emperor Concerto“ Nina Tichman has appeared in the musical centers of the world such as New York´s Carnegie Hall, the Philharmonie in Cologne, the Konzerthaus in Berlin and the Festspielhaus in Salzburg, to name only a few. The winner of numerous prestigious competitions (Busoni, Mendelssohn, Casagrande), she has performed with the Bamberger Sinfoniker, the symphony orchestras of the Bayerische, Hessische and Norddeutsche Rundfunk, the Baltimore and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras under the batons of Moshe Atzmon, Leon Barzin, Aaron Copland, Dmitri Kitaenko und Louis Langrée.  Tichman´s discography includes works by Bartók, Beethoven, Copland (complete), Chopin, Corigliano, Debussy, Fauré, V.D. Kirchner, Mendelssohn, Penderecki, und Reger.  Her recording of the Complete Piano Works was hailed as a milestone in Debussy interpretation. As soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue she has appeared at international Festivals including Marlboro, Tanglewood, International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, Styriarte, Frankfurt Feste, Rheingau Musikfestival. Concert tours in the last years have taken her to China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Greece, Turkey, Israel, New Zealand, Mexico, the United States as well as almost all in European countries. 2001 she founded the Xyrion Trio with Ida Bieler and Maria Kliegel – the highly successful ensemble has been praised by the press around the world for its recordings of the Complete Piano Trios of Beethoven.

Nina Tichman is a graduate of the Juilliard School, which awarded her the Eduard-Steuermann-Prize for outstanding musical achievement. She is Professor of Piano at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne and has given Master Classes at Amherst College, Princeton University, IKIF in New York, the Europäischen Akademie für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Montepulcianoand at the “Mozarteum” in Salzburg. She has served as jury member of prominent international competitions such as the European International Piano Competition (Bremen), Rachmaninov Competition (Bonn), Aschenbrenner Wettbewerb (Köln), Busoni Wettbewerb (Bozen).

Highlights of 2015/16 include recitals at Hunter College in New York City as well as further recitals, chamber music and master classes in Europe and North America.

Susanne Grützmann

Susanne Grützmann was born in Leipzig in 1964 and studied with Dieter Zechlin in Berlin. She won prizes at the Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau in 1981, the Concurso Vianna da Motta in Lisbon in 1983, the Bach Competition in Leipzig in 1984 and other international competitions. Winning first prize at the prestigious ARD Competition in Munich in 1989 confirmed her reputation and she is today regarded as one of the best German pianists.

The major orchestras with which Susanne Grützmann has performed include the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Bavarian State Orchestra in Munich, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the German Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Stuttgart, the Südwestfunk Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Frankfurt Museum Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic and the Arcos Orchestra New York.

The conductors with whom Susanne Grützmann has performed include Wolfgang Sawallisch, Kurt Masur, Sylvain Cambreling, Hartmut Haenchen and Hans Zender.

Susanne Grützmann has given numerous solo recitals at major venues in Germany and abroad, notably the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Semperoper in Dresden and the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, and performed at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, at the Laeiszhalle in Hambourg, at the Cologne Philharmonie and the Beethoven House in Bonn.

She has performed in concerts at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the large Festival Theatre in Baden-Baden and the Berlin Festival. She has performed the complete cycle of Beethoven’s piano concertos many times with the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra of Heilbronn. In 2008 she was invited to tour China.

Her chamber music partners are the String Trio Berlin, the Ma’alot Quintet and the Albert Schweitzer Quintet.

Susanne Grützmann has recorded Chopin’s Preludes op. 28 and Schumann’s Symphonic Studies op. 13 for Teldec. For Edition Günter Hänssler she recorded Schumann’s Abegg-Variations, Papillons and Davidsbündlertänze as well as Clara Schumann’s entire oeuvre for solo piano (Editor’s Choice of Gramophone).

Zlata Chochieva

Aurora Chamber Music Scholarship 2011

”Zlata Chochieva is a rising world class pianist. The depth of her performances, unique power and maturity are impressive. It seems, she can easily penetrate the secret treasures of composers’ ideas.
I believe Zlata has a tremendous future. Her performance sparkles with unusual clarity and sincerity which is natural only for exceptional talents”.
Tamerlan Khosroev, Member of the Composers Union Russian Federation
”…Amazing easiness and extraordinary inner power”.
Crescendo magazine

Zlata Chochieva was born in 1985 in Moscow. At the age of four she started receiving her basic music education as a pianist in the studio of Nina Dolenko at the Flier Music School.
From 2000 to 2003 she studied the piano under the supervision of Mikhail Pletnev at the Central Special Music School at Moscow State Conservatory (studio of Kira Shashkina).
In 2008 she graduated with the distinction from Moscow State Conservatory under the instruction of Pavel Nersessian. Zlata is currently a postgraduate student, continuing in the studio of the same professor.
Participated in master-classes with world famous professors: P. Gililov, P. Devoyon, D. Bashkirov, P. Badura-Skoda, A. El Bacha, J. Lowenthal and J. Rouvier who is Zlata’s supervisor at the present moment.
At the age of eight Zlata made her debut on the stage of Grand Hall of Moscow State Conservatory, performing Mozart’s concerto No 17 with an orchestra. Ever since then she has been giving recitals and performing with various orchestras in the most well-known concert halls of Moscow, other Russian cities and abroad (Italy, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Portugal, Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, etc.).
She has given concerts with numerous orchestras, including Russian National Orchestra (conductor Mikhail Pletnev), ”Danish Tivoli Orchestra” (conductor Terje Mikkelsen), ”The Royal Chamber Orchestra Wallonia” (conductor Paul Goodwin), ”The Munich chamber orchestra”, etc.
Zlata is the winner of ten international piano competitions, including Agropoly Contest (Italy), Shimanovsky Competition (Poland), Gold Medal at the Piano Competition in Copenhagen (Denmark), Frechilla-Zuloaga Competition (Spain), the third prize winner at ”Tivoli piano competition” (Denmark), ”Mozart prize” at ”ARD” contest (Germany), award from ”Russian Performing Art” Foundation in Moscow. She has recently won Alberto Fano Competition in Italy and Silver medal, ”Chopin prize”, ”Public Preference Prize” at The 1st International Piano Competition of Santa Catarina in Brazil.
In 2005 Zlata was named ”Honorable Artist of North Ossetia Republic”, becoming the youngest artist ever in the Republic to be so recognized.
She has recently performed in such halls as the Herkulessaal (Munich), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Teatro La Fenice (Venice), Tivoli Concert Hall (Copenhagen), Casa da Música (Porto), Belem Cultural Center (Lisbon), the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Grand Hall of Saint Petersburg Philharmonia among many others.
Her performances have been broadcasted on the radio and TV in Russia and abroad (Italy, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Germany, USA).
Participated in a number of festivals, including ”The Easter Festival”, ”Art-November” in Moscow and ”ARD Festival” in Munich.

”Zlata Chochieva possesses an extraordinary talent and rare personality where modesty, devotion and confidence make a superior artist and person.
She is a complete artist and musician having  no boundaries but amazing possibilities.
I see no reason preventing her from  becoming one of the greatest pianists of contemporary world”.
Per Nystrom, Concert cellist & Artistic director Aurora Chamber Music

”…I believe she is one of those exceptional pianists who can fairly claim advancement in career”.
Pascal Devoyon, Concert pianist

Vanessa Jayne Latarche

Professor Vanessa Latarche


Famous pianist and pedagogue Professor Vanessa Latarche, has been Head of Keyboard at the Royal College of Music in London, UK since 2005.

Vanessa’s recital and concerto work has taken her to Europe, USA and to the Far East. Her interest in Bach led to a performance of the complete 48 Preludes and Fugues at the Lichfield International Festival, the performances being given over four consecutive evenings. This year she performed in the First International Lang Lang Futian Piano Festival in China.

She has broadcast for over 30 years for BBC Radio 3 and has also broadcast extensively on the BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4. She has appeared many times on TV documentaries, and has she has been a juror for numerous worldwide international piano competitions in Russia, Estonia, Hong Kong, China, USA, UK, Serbia, Italy and New Zealand.

Vanessa travels worldwide to give masterclasses at such institutions as the Tchaikovsky Moscow Sate Conservatory, Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, Tokyo College of Music, Beijing Central Conservatory, and Seoul National University. She is also a frequent visitor to, Lang Lang Music World, Lang Lang’s music school in Shenzhen, China where she is Vice- Chairman.

With many international piano competition prize-winners amongst her students, Vanessa was nominated for the FRCM, Fellowship of the Royal College of Music, for outstanding services to music which was conferred on her by HRH The Prince of Wales in May 2010. In September 2011, Vanessa was appointed to the role of Personal Chair at the RCM, which has given her the title of Professor of International Keyboard Studies. Vanessa is also a Moderator and Trainer of examiners for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music internationally.


Stefan Bojsten

Stefan Bojsten är sedan länge en av Sveriges mest etablerade pianister med priser i internationella piano och kammarmusiktävlingar bakom sig. Till exempel vann han 1985 tillsammans med violonisten Dan Almgren den prestigefyllda tävlingen Premio Vittorio Gui i Florens, vilket resulterade i inbjudningar till turnéer och festivaler i hela Europa. Han har som solist framträtt med de flesta svenska orkestrarna, och han har givit konserter i Skandinavien, Europa, Asien och USA. Som lärare har Stefan Bojsten givit mästarkurser i Skandinavien, Storbritanien, Frankrike, Italien, Ryssland och USA. Stefan Bojsten är sedan 1997 professor och chef för pianoavdelningen vid Kungliga Musikhögskolan i Stockholm. Stefan Bojsten har spelat in skivor på märkena Polar, Caprice, Bis, Naxos, Fermat, Artemis, MAP, Recut, Musica Sveciae och Opus 3.

Sofya Gulyak

In September 2009 Sofya Gulyak was awarded the 1st prize and the Princess Mary Gold Medal at the Sixteenth Leeds International Piano Competition – the first and up to the day of writing the only woman to achieve this distinction. Since then she has appeared all over the world to great acclaim.

Her recital programs are frequently reviewed in superlatives, and her concerto appearances with major orchestras are written up in glowing terms by the world’s music press. Sofya has been praised for her ”tremendous precision and coloration…exquisite soft playing …delicacy yet” and described as a” Rach star”(”Washington Post”).

Sofya Gulyak’s resume includes prizes at many prestigious piano competitions:  she is a 1st prize winner of William Kapell International piano competition in USA, Maj Lind Helsinki International piano competition, Tivoli piano competition in Copenhagen, Gyeongnam International piano competition in South Corea, San Marino piano competition, 2nd prize winner( first not awarded) of  Busoni competition in Italy and 3rd prize winner of Marguerite Long piano competition in Paris.

Sofya Gulyak is a native of Kazan (Russia) where she studied in a Special Music College, and then in Kazan State Conservatoire under professor  Elfiya Burnasheva. Ms.Gulyak graduated also from ”Ecole Normale de music de Paris Alfred Cortot” with the highest distinction. After she continued her studying in Piano Academy ”Incontri coi Maestri” (Imola, Italy) with Boris Petrushansky and in Royal College of Music with Vanessa Latarche.

Recitals and concert appearances have been numerous, with Ms.Gulyak having performed all over the globe in such venues as La Scala Theatre and Sala Verdi in Milan, Hercules-Saal in Munich, Salle Cortot, Salle Gaveau and Salle Pleyel in Paris, Big concert Hall of Moscow Conservatoire, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Kennedy-center in Washington, Palais de Musique in Strasbourg, Hong Kong City Hall, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Finlandia  Hall in Helsinki, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, Aberdeen Music Hall,  Salle Moliere in Lyon, Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, King Theatre in Rabat, Kursaal in Bern, Tivoli concert Hall in Copenhagen.

Ms. Gulyak appeared as a soloist with London Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony, Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic, Rio-de-Janeiro Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, BBC Scottish, Orchestra of Fondazione Arena di Verona, Orchestra Filarmonica di Bologna, Bucharest Philharmonic, Stavanger Symphony, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz orchestra, Ulster Symphony, Oulu Philharmonic, Leipzig Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Morocco Philharmonic, Copenhagen Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Philippines Philharmonic, Shanghai Philharmonic.

She collaborated with such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sakari Oramo, Mark Elder, David Hill, Donald Runnicle, Vasily Petrenko, Alan Buribayev, Eiving Gullberg Jensen, Theodor Guschlbauer, Rory McDonald, Danail Rachev, Fabio Mastrangelo, Michele Mariotti, Fuat Mansurov. The festivals Sofya participated include Klavier Ruhr Festival, Chopin festival in Duzniki-Zdroj, Festival du Sceaux, International Keyboard Festival in New York, International Strasbourg festival, Busoni festival, Harrogate festival, Cracow piano festival, New Zealand Piano festival, Liszt Festival  at  villa d’Este, Nordlys festival in Norway, Ravello Festival, Festival Chopin in Paris, Shanghay International Piano Festival and Sala Beethoven Piano Festival at Monterey.

Ms. Gulyak also attended as a jury member at the international piano competitions in Italy, Serbia, France, Greece, USA, and also was invited to teach at the master classes in China, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Hong Kong. She is also a professor of the piano faculty at the Royal College of Music in London. Her playing was broadcasted on the radio and TV in Russia, Poland, France, Italy, Germany, USA, Finland, Denmark, Serbia, New Zealand, United Kingdom (BBC 3 and BBC 4) etc.

Peter Friis Johansson

Aurora Chamber Music Scholarship 2009

Sedan sin recitaldebut vid 17 års ålder har Peter Friis Johansson (f.1983) etablerat sig som en av Sveriges mest framgångsrika unga konsertpianister. Han har framträtt i större delen av Sveriges konserthus och säsongen 09/10 omfattar konserter på bl.a. Musikverein i Wien, Concertgebouw i Amsterdam och Philharmonien i Köln, samt solistuppdrag med Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester.

För sitt framförande av Dmitri Sjostakovitjs 1:a pianokonsert utnämndes Peter till ”årets unga solist 2007” och erhöll samtidigt det prestigefyllda Solofonipriset. Han har framträtt med bland andra Gävle och Helsingborgs symfoniorkestrar och har gjort en rad inspelningar för SR och SVT. Bland Peters senaste triumfer kan nämnas seger i Yamaha pianotävling samt andrapris i Nordisk Pianotävling 2008.

Vid sidan om sin solistkarriär är Peter en passionerad kammarmusiker och har etablerade samarbeten med bland andra klarinettisten Emil Jonason och cellisterna Andreas Brantelid och Jakob Koranyi. Tillsammans med sistnämnde spelade Peter under hösten 2006 in sin första skiva för Caprice Records och genomförde en efterföljande rikstäckande lanseringsturné i samarbete med Rikskonserter.

Peter brinner även för den moderna konstmusiken och har uruppfört verk av bland andra Wolfgang Plagge, Jesper Nordin och Christoffer Elgh. Han är en av de drivande krafterna i ensemblen NordicFusion6 som ser som sitt primära mål att utforska gränserna mellan notbunden konstmusik och experimentell kontemporär improvisation.

Sedan 2008 arbetar Peter med den ryska fantompianisten Konstantin Bogino och Anders Kilström som sina mentorer. Våren 2007 avslutade Peter Masterutbildningen vid Kungliga Musikhögskolan i Stockholm där han tillbringat två år med ovannämnde samt Staffan Scheja som lärare. Sedan tidigare har han en bachelor från Edsbergs Musikinstitut där han studerade för prof. Mats Widlund. Peter började spela piano vid nio års ålder för Inger Flyckt i kommunala musikskolan.