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Niklas Sivelov

  • Composer
  • Pianist


Niklas Sivelöv’s repertoire extends from Beethoven to Lutoslawski and Ligeti and in addition, works by a number of contemporary Swedish composers. His performance collaborations with conductors include, among others, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leif Segerstam, Thomas Dausgaard, Jukka Pekka Saraste, Kees Bakels, Alan Gilbert, Paavo Berglund, and Kazufumi Yamashita.
As chambermusician Niklas has worked together with artists such as Mark Peskanov, Leonid Gorokhov, Martin Fröst, Patrick Gallois, Malena Ernman, Lelo Nika, Trio Aristos, Öystein Baadsvik and many more.. Niklas Sivelöv often creates a sensation for his intense and fiery performances. It occurred in New York City, when he performed with Mark Peskanov and Sophie Shao.
The New York Times pointed out the extraordinary nature of the concert, recommending it to the public. The Times also praised his performance of Beethoven’s Trio in E-Flat and his own composition, New York Trio by saying “an energetic finale catching something of the city’s vibrancy in themes that circled through the ensemble, with transformations accruing as each instrument took them up.” Mr. Sivelöv has performed all over the world and given master classes in Spain, Finland, Portugal, Great Britain and the United States.
In 1994 he received the Swedish Golden Apple award and the following year was chosen as an Artist in Residence with the Swedish State Broadcasting Company. Later came Prestigious Prizes in International Piano Competitions in Geneva and Cincinnati.
2007 he was Artist in Residence at Mogens Dahl Institute of Music, Choir and Conducting in Copenhagen. His many awards include his Naxos recordings, the Diapason d’Or (Berwald’s Piano Concerto), Cannes nomination for best 20th century recording (Eina Englund’s Piano Concerto No.1) and Penguin Record Guide’s highest marks (Piano works by Wilhelm Stenhammar and Wilhelm Peterson-Berger).