Henri Sigfridsson | piano (festival artist in 2021)

Henri Sigfridsson is a Finnish pianist whose career to date has included performances in central Europe and Asia. Sigfridsson has made notable performances in the Vienna Musikverein, Vienna Concert Hall, Berlin, Cologne and Munich Philharmonies, Munich Herkulessaal, Munich Prinzregententheater, Berlin Konzerthaus, Stockholm Concert Hall, Zurich Tonhalle, St. Petersburg Philharmony, major halls in Japan, Italy and Austria, Wigmore Hall London, Kennedy Center Washington, Megaron Athens, Theatre Chatelet Paris, Luxemburg Philharmony, Auditorio Nacional Madrid etc. Sigfridsson performs at very prestigious festivals like the Salzburg Festival, Augsburg Mozart Week, the St. Petersburg Musical Olympus Festival, Ruhr Piano Festival, the Warsaw Beethoven Festival, the Heidelberg Festival, the Kissinger Sommer Festival, the Interlaken Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Davos, Gstaad Menuhin and Interlaken Festivals, the Styriarte Festival, the Lockenhaus Festival and Mondsee Festival.

As a soloist Sigfridsson has played with the leading Finnish orchestras and numerous orchestras throughout the world, including the MDR Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Weimar, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Orchestre National Lorraine Metz, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Bern Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonics, Musica Viva Moscow, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, the “Junge Deutsche Philharmonie”, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg, the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, State Philharmonic Orchestras of Izmir and Istanbul, Bucheon and Wonju Philharmonic Orchestras, and many others, under the baton of prestigious conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Sir Neville Marriner, Tugan Sokhiev, Juraj Valcuha, Dorian Wilson, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Daniel Raiskin, Young-Min Park, Lior Shambadal, Georg Alexander Albrecht, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Alexander Lazarev, Beat Furrer, Andreas Delfs, Dennis Russel Davies, Lawrence Foster, Howard Shelley, Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach, Thomas Henglbrock, Jacques Mercier, Jun-Ichi Hirokami, Roman Kofman, Stefan Blunier, Christoph Poppen, Heinrich Schiff, Johannes Wildner, Theodore Kuchar, Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Osmo Vänskä, Okko Kamu, Hannu Lintu, Ari Rasilainen and Leif Segerstam.

He was appointed a visiting Professor at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz in Austria from spring Henri Sigfridsson has enjoyed success in international competitions, most recently at the Beethoven Competition in Bonn in 2005, where he won first prize, the audience prize and the prize for best performance of chamber music. In 2004, he placed second at the Maria Callas Grand Prix in Athens. His earlier achievements include first prize at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Weimar in 1994 and at the Nordic Soloist Competition in 1995, and second prize and the audience prize at the distinguished Géza Anda competition in Zurich in summer He was the Finland Festivals Young Artist of the Year in 1996, and the Mozart Society in Dortmund nominated him Artist of the Year for the season 2001-2002.

In 2005 Sigfridsson won the First Prize at the Beethoven International Piano Competition in Bonn, where he got the Audience Prize and Chamber Music Prize as well. In 2004 he got the second prize at the Maria Callas Competition in Athens. Sigfridsson got first prizes at the 1994 International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Weimar and at the 1995 “Nordic Soloist Competition”.

Henri Sigfridsson feels a very deep commitment to chamber music. He appeared with Leonidas Kavakos, Gidon Kremer, Ivry Gitlis, Guy Braunstein, Isabelle van Keulen, Gordan Nikolic, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Peter Hörr, Mischa Maisky, Sol Gabetta, Johannes Moser, David Geringas, Michel Lethiec, Milan Turkovich, Hansjörg Schellenberger, Boris Berezovsky and Melvyn Tan to name a few.

Sigfridsson began studying with Sävy Nordgren at the Turku Conservatory and later at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki ( Prof. Erik T. Tawaststjerna). He completed his studies at the Cologne Music University with the highest distinction (Prof. Pavel Gililov). 1995-97 he studied at the Franz Liszt Music University in Weimar (Prof. Lazar Berman) as well.