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“THE SWEDE SET THE PIANO ON FIRE!
My goodness what a pianist the Royal Danish Conservatory piano professor is.
Forget about dusty professor fingers. This Swede is an artist with capital A!”
(Thomas Michelsen, Politiken. June 2013 on Sivelöv’s performance of
Stenhammar’s Piano Concerto no. 2)
Niklas Sivelöv is a unique artist. No matter if it concerns an intimate solo
concert or a concerto with a large symphony orchestra, Niklas Sivelöv always
keeps his audience spellbound, because when he enters the podium it is a matter
of all or nothing.
“Art is created – life is lived – in the present, without thought of the day
This is how Niklas Sivelöv expresses his artistic credo, which confirms that
Sivelöv indeed is a romantic artist. Robert Schumann and Aleksander Skriabin
are among his favourite composers, who seek boundaries and are barefaced
honesty in music, they both are romantics at the mercy of God.
However Niklas Sivelöv does not limit himself to composers from one
particular period. Bach, Beethoven and Schubert have since his childhood been
significant musical companions. Intense work with especially Das
Wohltemperierte Klavier has led to Niklas Sivelöv shedding a contemporary light
into Bach’s musical universe. The foundation is here a style, where the rich
sound of a modern piano – Steinway – enters into a fruitful combination of a
musical expression dominated by rhythmical nerve and command of the musical
Among the 20th century classics Bartok’s and Prokofiev’s concertos occupy a
special place, as well as Per Nørgård’s cosmic music for solo piano speak to
Niklas Sivelöv. Hereto comes that Sivelöv is one of the few musicians on the
classical music scene who masters the art of improvising – over familiar
classical themes, Bellman’s popular melodies or quite free improvisations.
Finally, Niklas Sivelöv is a composer. Since 1985 he has composed more than
40 works, of which many are for his own instrument the piano, including three
concerti for piano and orchestra and 24 Preludes for piano (2010-13). Niklas
Sivelöv is a distinctly Nordic artist with an autonomic sentiment. He grew up
in Skellefteå in northern Sweden where he began playing the organ already as
6-year old. His first own compositions soon followed and playing by ear. Not
until he was 14 did Niklas Sivelöv receive traditional piano instruction and
learned to read music. Studies with Gabriel Amiras and Maria Curcio among
others followed, who as students of the pianistic pioneers Heinrich Neuhaus and
Artur Schnabel, have contributed to make Niklas Sivelöv a modern representative
for magic piano art where spiritual immersion and artistic courage bind
together in higher unity.
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