Participant of contest 2005

Henri Sigfridsson


Henri Sigfridsson

Henri Sigfridsson, born in 1974, has established himself on many important stages in Europe in recent years, including the Tonhalle Zurich, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Philharmonics of Cologne, Budapest and St. Petersburg and the Herkulessaal Munich. The crowning glory of his competition successes is the Beethoven Competition Bonn 2005, where he won the First Prize, the Audience Prize and the Chamber Music Prize.

Henri Sigfridsson has successfully participated in many competitions. In 1994 he won the First Prize at the international „Franz Liszt Competition“ in Weimar and in 1995 he won the major Scandinavian competition „The Nordic Soloist Competition“. In 2000 he won the second prize and the audience prize at the Géza Anda Competition in Zurich. In 2001 he received the Förderpreis für junge Künstlerinnen und Künstler des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen.

The Finn has been a guest at many international festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, the Beethovenfest Bonn, the Styriarte,the Ruhr Piano Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Kissinger Sommer, the Augsburg Mozart Festival, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad and the Lockenhaus Festival.

As a soloist he has performed in orchestral concerts with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Weimar Staatskapelle, the RSO Helsinki, the Camerata Salzburg and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra under conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lawrence Foster, Sakari Oramo, Alexander Lazarev, Georg Alexander Albrecht, Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach and Dennis Russell Davies. Since 2000, he has been regularly invited to Japan.

In the field of chamber music, Sigfridsson has worked with Gidon Kremer, Ivry Gitlis, Mischa Maisky, Leonidas Kavakos, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Sol Gabetta and Johannes Moser, among others.

He has released several CD recordings, including F. X. Mozart piano concertos on the Swiss label Novalis, Sibelius piano works and Rachmaninov piano concertos no.2 and 3 on Hänssler Classic.

Henri Sigfridsson began his studies at the Turku Conservatory in Finland. Further studies led him to the class of Prof. Erik T. Tawaststjerna at the Sibelius Academy Helsinki and to Cologne to the master class of Prof. Pavel Gililov at the Musikhochschule there. From 1995 to 1997 he also studied in the class of Lazar Berman in Weimar.

From 2008 to 2009 Henri Sigfridsson took on a professorship for piano music at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz. From 2010 to 2011 he was professor at the Musikhochschule Hanns Eisler in Berlin. Since April 2011 he has been professor of piano at the Folkwang Universität der Künste.