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Lars Roos

  • Pianist

Biography

LARS ROOS: Upon graduating Sweden’s Royal Academy of Music in piano and musical theory, LARS ROOS went on to get a diploma as a piano soloist. After only a first rehearsal of Liszt in E flat Major, his professor HERBERT BLOMSTEDT, who later heading the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, remarked on how brilliantly LARS played. Winning a scholarship offered LARS the chance to go to New York, where he perfected graduate studies for Julliard School of Music’s SASCHA GORODNITZKI, as well as the legendary virtuoso JORGE BOLET in London.

Concerts followed in Sweden what included one of the initial National Concert Tours; New York recitals included Town Hall, Little Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.

When world-renowned soprano BIRGIT NILSSON discovered LARS ROOS, he could not decline her request for accompanist, and they began a tour of Europe, the Middle and Far East, a collaboration that would lst eleven years. The elite of Swedish opera stars followed; including ELISABETH SÖDERSTRÖM, NIVOLAI GEDDA, INGVAR WIXELL, HÅKAN HAGEGÅRD, ROLF BJÖRLING, just to name a few.

LARS ROOS has worked with renownd conductors such as CHARLED DUTOIT, SIMON RATTLE, JAMES DE PRIEST, SIXTEN EHRLING and ESA PEKKA SALONEN.

In Scandinavia, LARS ROOS popularity has evolved to a household name due to his numerous radio concerts and one hundred and sixty live television performances. From Chopin, Beethoven and Mozart to the Nordic Masters; Grieg, Sibelius, Nielsen, some seventy best selling recordings have been released on the Philips, Bluebell of Sweden and Phonogram Japan labels. While LARS ROOS possesses a special affinity for the Romantic repertoire, his programs range over the entire spectrum of keyboard music.