Swedish pianist Niklas Sivel?v and press counselor Gabriella Augustsson, Embassy of Sweden
RENOWNED Swedish pianist Niklas Sivel?v (www.niklassivelov.com) did a fabulous performance – to a full Alfred Nobel Hall in House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. – on Wednesday evening, April. 20. The audience listened attentively when the Swede performed works by Johann Sebastian Bach (Partita no. 3 A minor BWV827), Robert Schumann (Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22), Franz Liszt (Tre Sonetti del Petrarca from Ann?s de P?erinage II – Italy), Alberto Ginestra (Danzas Argentinas op. 2), and his own improvisions over Fredman’s Epistlar by Swedish 18th century poet and composer Carl Michael Bellman.
NIKLAS Sivel?v, also a composer and teacher, studied at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, where he made his debut in 1991 as a soloist, performing Bartok’s Second Piano Concerto with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
HE CONTINUED his studies in Helsinki, Bucharest and London, and soon attracted attention for his interpretations and range of repertoire, which extends from Beethoven to Lutoslawski and Ligeti, and in addition to works by a number of contemporary Swedish composers. He collaborates with conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leif Segerstam and Paavo Berglund.
Spencer P. Boyer, the U.S. State Department, and Mark Vlasic, Georgetown University, came to the Sivel?v concert at the House of Sweden.
HE OFTEN CREATES a sensation for his intense and fiery performances. That occurred in New York City, when he performed with Mark Peskanov and Sophie Shao, which was praised by The New York Times, recommending it to the public.
MR. Sivel?v has performed all over the world and given master classes in the United States, United Kingdom, Spain and other countries. His many awards include Prestigious Prizes in International Piano Competitions in Geneva and Cincinnati. He was recently appointed Professor of piano at DKDM in Copenhagen.
NIKLAS Sivel?v continues his Washington visit with a performance at the Kennedy Center on Friday evening, April 29.