Prof. Henri Sigfridsson
Henri Sigfridsson was born in Turku in 1974. As a winner of the 2nd prize of the Zurich Geza Anda Piano competition 2000, he impressed not only the Jury under the chairmanship of Vladimir Ashkenazy, but he won the hearts of the public who attended the final concert in the Zurich Tonhalle, and he walked off with the Geza Anda Audience Prize.
In 2005 he won the 1st prize at the Beethoven International Piano Competition in Bonn, where he got the Audience Prize and Chamber Music Prize as well.
Henri Sigfridsson was also awarded the renowned ABOA Culture Prize in Finland, 1st
prizes at the 1994 International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Weimar and at the 1995 Nordic Soloist Competition.
As a soloist Sigfridsson has played with the leading Finnish orchestras and numerous orchestras in Europe, including the Staatskapelle Weimar, Orchestre National de Lille, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonics, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg under the baton of renowned conductors such as Vladimir Askenazy, Alexander Lazarev, Dennis R. Davies, Lawrence Foster, Howard Shelley, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and others.
He has made notable debuts in Vienna, Berlin, Cologne, Munich, Stockholm, at the Ruhr Piano Festival, Wigmore Hall London, all over Europe and the USA. Since 2000 H. Sigfridsson has been regularly invited to Japan, China and Korea. He performs at very prestigious festivals like the Augsburg Mozart Week, the St. Petersburg Musical
Olympus Festival, the Krakow Piano Festival, the Heidelberg Festival, the Kissinger Sommer Festival, the festivals in Lucerne, Davos, Salzburg, the Styriarte Festival and the Lockenhaus Festival. Since 2006 he has been invited as a Jury to Liszt Piano Competition in Weimar.
Sigfridsson feels a very deep commitment to chamber music. He appeared with Leonidas Kavakos, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Sol Gabetta, Johannes Moser, Boris Berezovsky to name a few.
He has a number of recordings including the Piano Concertos of F.X.Mozart. And for the memorable year of Sibelius, released Sibelius Piano Transcriptions. In addition the Piano Concertos no. 2 and no. 3 of Rachmaninov have been released, as well as the Piano concerto by the Finish composer released by the Finish label Ondine.
He began studying at the Turku Conservatory and later at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Prof. Erik T. Tawaststjerna. He completed his studies at the Musikhochschule Koеln with the highest distinction under Prof. Pavel Gililov. 1995-97 he studied at the Franz Liszt Musikhochschule in Weimar with Prof. Lazar Berman as well.
2008-2009 Sigfridsson had a guest professorship at the Graz University or Music and Dramatic Arts. Since 2010 he is a guest professor at the Musikhochschule Hans Eisler in Berlin and from 2011 professor in Essen at the Folkwang University.