Niklas Sivelv

a pianist of utmost sensational quality
Gteborgsposten (recital at the Barbican, London)

Niklas Sivelov
est un pianiste dont lintelligence sait explorer toutes les ressources de son instrument
et avec un virtuosit ptillante

[
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)
w
ith an intense brilliance, a finely controlled touch, exquisitely formed detail and an impeccable sense of
style

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 Sivelv
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 dor, 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 Sivelv
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 Peoples Choice Award
.
The leading orchestras with which Niklas Sivelv has performed include the Stockholm Philharmonic, Zrich Tonhalle, Suisse Romande (Geneva) and Prague Radio Symphony under the baton of many distinguished conductors, among them Alan Gilbert, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kristjan Jrvi, Sakari Oramo, Mario Venzago Jukka-Pekka Saraste , Grzegorz Nowak, Janos Frst and Leif Segerstam The instrumentalists with whom he has performed include the Swedish clarinettist Martin Frst, cellist Leonid Gorokhov, flautist Patrick Gallois and violinist Zakhar Bron. Niklas Sivelv grew up in Skellefte 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 Malm 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.