Juror 2019

Henri Sigfridsson

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Henri Sigfridsson

Henri Sigfridsson
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Henri Sigfridsson, born in Finland in 1974, has established himself in recent years on many important concert stages in Europe, including the Tonhalle Zürich, Musikverein Wien, Konzerthaus Berlin, the concert halls (‚Philharmonie’) in Berlin, Cologne, Munich, Budapest, Warsaw and St. Petersburg, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Prinzregenthentheater and Herkulessaal in Munich. His biggest competition success was the first prize at the International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn in 2005, when he also won the audience prize and the Chamber Music Prize. 

Sigfridsson began his studies at the conservatory in Turku. Further studies took him to the class of Prof. Erik T.Tawaststjerna at the Sibelius-Akademie in Helsinki the master class of Prof. Pavel Gililov in Cologne. From 1995 to 1997, he studied under Lazar Berman at the Music College in Weimar.

He has appeared at international festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, the Beethovenfest Bonn, Beethoven Festival Warsaw, Styriarte, The Ruhr Piano Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Kissinger Sommer, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad and the Lockenhaus Festival, and for some years now concert invitations have increasingly taken him to Asia. As a soloist he has been accompanied by the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the RSO Helsinki, the MDR-Orchester, the Camerata Salzburg and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra under conductors such as the late Sir Neville Marriner, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lawrence Foster, Andris Nelsons, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Georg Alexander Albrecht and Dennis Russell Davies. His chamber-music partners include Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Leonidas Kavakos, Patricia Kopachinskaya, Mirijam Contzen and Sol Gabetta. In 2008/09 Henri Sigfridsson was visiting professor of piano and the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Graz, and from 2010 to 2012 was visiting professor at the Musikhochschule Hanns Eisler in Berlin. Since April 2011 he has been professor at the Folkwang University in Essen.