Per Tengstrand

Per Tengstrand continues to establish himself as one of today's most exciting young pianists. Described by The Washington Post as having "fearsome technique and the ability to blaze through a score without trepidation," Mr. Tengstrand was the First Prize winner at the 1997 Cleveland International Piano Competition.

Mr. Tengstrand's 2000-2001 season commences with a performance of the Grieg Concerto with the Waterbury (CT) Symphony under Leif Bjaland, followed by Beethoven's "Emporer" Concerto with the Alabama Symphony under Richard Westerfield. His European solo appearances include a tour and recording with the Camerata Roman Orchestra, and performances with the Malmo Symphony, Gothenberg Symphony, and French Radio Orchestra.

In recital, Mr. Tengstrand makes his Kennedy Center debut, followed by a 20-city recital tour in the Midwest. He performs the Dvorák Piano Quintet with the Chilingiran Quartet in Chicago and in East Lansing's Michigan State University series. Mr. Tengstrand also returns to the city of his 1997 triumph for a recital in Cleveland under the auspice of the Cleveland Chamber Music Society.

During the 1999-2000 season, Mr. Tengstrand performed Beethoven's Concerto No. 5 (Emperor) with the Cincinnati Symphony under Jesus Lopez-Cobos; the same work with the Detroit Symphony under Neemi Jarvi; gave European recitals in Geneva, Bergen, Bordcaux, Montpellier Festival, and the Chopin Festival in Poland; and performed in London's Wigmore Hall with the Chilingirian Quartet. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Orchestre National de France (Paris), Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, Singapore Symphony, Swedish Radio Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic and Osaka Philharmonic.

Mr. Tengstrand enjoyed great critical acclaim for his New York City recital debut at Lincolin Center's Alice Tully Hall. He has also Performed in recital at such prestigious venues as Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Tokyo's Suntory Hall, Zurich's Tonhalle, Paris' Salle Gaveau and the Nice Operahouse.

Mr. Tengstrand's most recent CD Recording is on Azica Records and includes music of Grieg, Liszt and Chopin. He has two other CDs to his credit. Mr. Tengstrand won the Geneva competition in 1996 and was a Laureate of the Paris International Long-Thibaud Competition in 1995. He was a recipient of the Andres Wall Foundation Scholarship in 1997. Most recently, he was awarded the 1999 Musician Award by The Swedish Arts Grants Committee. The Swedishborn pianist studied in Geneva, Paris and Malmo, where his teachers included Dominique Weber, Romuald Sztern, Dominique Merlet and Hans Pålsson. While at the Paris Conservatory he received the Premier Prix and Prix Spécial du Jury, and at the Geneva Conservatory he was awarded the Prix de Virtuosité.

Mr. Tengstrand received his first lessons from his mother and made his first public appearance when he was seven years old. Since then he has acquired a repertoire that spans from Bach to contemporary music and has become the dedicatee of a number of new pieces.

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