In December 2005, Henri Sigfridsson was awarded first prize and the audience prize in the 1st International Beethoven Competition Bonn presented by Deutsche Telekom AG, and shared the special prize for chamber music with semifinalist Hyo Sun-Lim from South Korea.

The pianist from Finland, born in 1974, has been a guest for many years at international festivals such as the Augsburg Mozart Festival, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Lucerne Festival, Musical Olympus in St. Petersburg, Kissinger Sommer, Davos Festival, Festival der Raritäten Husum, Gidon Kremer’s Lockenhaus Festival or the Ravinia Festival (USA). He has appeared several times in concert with well-known European symphony orchestras including the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Musikkollegium Winterthur, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, MDR Orchestra Leipzig, Belgrade Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lille, Weimarer Staatskapelle, Munich Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Academica Salzburg and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra under famous directors like Georg Alexander Albrecht, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lawrence Foster, Dennis Russel Davies Leif Segerstam, Okko Kamu, Sakari Oramo, Osmo Vänskä, John Storgårds, or Neville Mariner. Since 2000 he has regularly been performing in Japan and was invited for a major tour of the country in the 2004/2005 season.

In July 2000 he won second prize and the audience prize at the Géza Anda Competition in Zurich. In 1994 he won first prize at the international Franz Liszt Competition in Weimar (Germany) and in 1995 he won the big Scandinavian Nordic Soloist Competition. In 2001 he received the North Rhine-Wesphalia incentive award for young artists.

Henri Sigfridsson feels a very deep commitment to chamber music – he has performed with artists such as Boris Pergamenschikow, Leonidas Kavakos, and Gidon Kremer. In 2003, he founded a trio with the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaya and the cellist Sol Gabetta which soon established itself on international concert stages.

Henri Sigfridsson first studied at the Turku Conservatory and in Erik T. Tawaststjerna’s class at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. In 1995 he joined Pavel Gililov’s class at the Academy of Music in Cologne. From 1995 to 1997 he also attended Lazar Berman’s master class in Weimar.

Henri Sigfridsson has been appointed as a professor in Essen Folkwang University from the beginning of April 2011. He continues also as a visiting professor in Hanns Eisler High School in Berlin.

Henri Sigfridsson’s concerto repertoire with orchestra

Bach, J.S.: D minor, F minor

Beethoven: 1-5, Chorfantasie

Brahms: 1. and 2.

Chopin: 1. and 2.

Gál: Concertino

Grieg: A minor

Hakola Kimmo: Piano Concerto

Haydn: D major

Hindemith: 4 Temperaments

Hummel: A minor

Linkola, Jukka: Piano Concerto (fp. Oct 6, 2011 with Turku Philharmonic Orchestra)

Liszt: 1. and 2., Malediction

Mendelssohn: 1. G minor, 2. D minor

Mozart, Franz Xaver: 1. C major, 2. E flat major

Mozart W.A.: KV39 B flat major, 242 F major, 271 E flat major, 365 E flat major, 413 F major, 414 A major, 415 C major, 449 E flat major, 466 d minor, 467 C major, 482 E flat major, 488 A major, 491 C minor, 503 C major, 537 D major, 595 B flat major

Palmgren: 2. "The River"

Prokofjiev: 3. C major

Pulkkis, Uljas: Piano Concerto (coming soon)

Rachmaninov: 2., 3. and Paganini-Rhapsodie

Rubinstein Anton: 4.

Schostakovitch: 1. (with the trumpet) and 2.

Schumann, R.: A minor

Strauss, R.: Burleske

Szymanowski: Sinfonia N:o 4, Concertante

Tschaikovsky: 1. and 2.

...and Henri is fast in learning new concertos.....

Link to Henri Sigfridssons web site

Henri Sigfridsson, piano, conductor