Per Tengstrand - piano
Per Tengstrand has firmly established himself as one of today's most exciting pianists. He has been described by the Washington Post as "technically resplendent, powerful, intuitively secure," and by the New York Times as "a superb Swedish pianist" whose recital "was rewarding, both for its unusual programming and for his eloquent, technically polished performances." He is the subject of a highly acclaimed Swedish documentary entitled Solisten (The Soloist) which was featured at the International Festival of Cinema and Technology in New York City.
In 2005, he was decorated by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden with the Royal Medal Litteris et Artibus for outstanding service to the arts, the youngest recipient ever to be so honored.
Per Tengstrand regularly performs with orchestras in Gothenberg, Malmö, Helsingborg, Stockholm, Tapiola, with the Huarod Chamber Orchestra, and Swedish Radio Orchestra. He has appeared as soloist with the Orchestre National de France, French Radio Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra National de Lille, National Symphony of Taiwan, Singapore Symphony, New Japan, and Osaka Philharmonic Orchestras.
As recitalist, he has performed internationally in such venues as Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Zurich's Tonhalle, Paris's Salle Gaveau and the Nice Opera House, as well as in Geneva, Bordeaux, Bergen, Norway, the Montpellier Festival, Poland's Chopin Festival and Tokyo's Suntory Hall.
Mr. Tengstrand has received numerous honors and awards, including first prize at the 1997 Cleveland International Piano Competition and at the Geneva competition in 1996. He was a Laureate of the Paris International Long-Thibaud Competition, a recipient of the 1997 Anders Wall Foundation Scholarship and was awarded the 1999 Musician Award by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.
Per Tengstrand has served as a juror for the Cleveland International Piano Competition, the Princess Astrid Music Prize in Oslo, and as Chairman of the Jury in the Scandinavian Steinway Competition. He is the artistic director of the Helsingborg and Giresta Piano festivals, and Vaxjo Chamber Music Festival, all in Sweden, and, in New York City, the New Nordic Music Festival at Scandinavia House.