Fanfare from 24 Preludes
Ice Concerto Steinway - Niklas Sivelöv
Sivelov plays Bach WTC e flat minor book 1
Niklas Sivelov is playing The Ice Piano by Fredrik Högberg
Sivelov plays 7 Pièces Brèves by A. Honegger
Wilhelm Stenhammar - Piano Sonata No.4 in G minor PART 1 of 4 - NIKLAS SIVELÖV
Sivelov plays Kreisleriana by Schumann
Scarlatti Sonata C-minor K 11
Franz Berwald - Piano Concerto in D-major (1855)
Beethoven/Liszt Symphony no. 1. Andante cantabile con moto
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 tomorrow”.
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 form.
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.
Sivelöv has a repertoire of approximately 50 piano concerti and he performs on more than
25 CD’s of which several have been awarded prizes. And he has collaborated with a large number of leading conductors and
soloists, including Mario Venzago, E-P Salonen, J-P Saraste, Alan Gilbert, Leonid Gorokhov, Martin Fröst and Patrick Gallois.
Niklas Sivelöv lives in Malmö
and is professor at the Royal Danish
Music Academy in Copenhagen.