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Sveinung Bjelland

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The pianist Sveinung Bjelland has for several years been in the forefront among classical pianists in Norway.

His latest recording Scarlatti and Mendelssohn (on Simax) has been received with enthusiasm, in Norway and internationally. It was nominated for the Norwegian Grammy Award “Spellemannprisen” in 2006.

Musicweb International writes: 'These performances have many subtleties and the imagination of the coupling is reflected in the taste and imagination of the playing.' Classics Today also praises the recording, referring to 'Sveinung Bjelland's cultivated, imaginative, and poetic artistry', concluding: 'No self-respecting piano connoisseur should let this truly distinctive release slip away'. The recording has recently been nominated for the Norwegian Grammy Award (Spellemannprisen 2006).

Sveinung Bjelland has most of his musical background from Central Europe, mainly through studies with Hans Leygraf at Mozarteum, Salzburg and Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. He finished his studies in Berlin with the highest degree and with distinction, and he put himself strongly on the map in 1999, when he was titled “Young Musician of the Year” by the Norwegian Concert Institute, this ranking beside numerous prizes he has been awarded.

After this he has developed into an unusually interesting, prolific and versatile artist. He has been a soloist with the leading Norwegian orchestras with distinguished guest conductors and visited various concert series and festivals in Europe, where he has made his mark just as much as a soloist as in a chamber music setting. In October 2008 he made his debut in London with a Chamber Music Recital at Wigmore Hall.

His duo partnership with the young violinist Alina Pogostkin, the 2005 winner of the Sibelius Competition in Helsinki, has made a particular impact. They have done a brilliant recording of Mendelssohns Concerto for Violin and Piano, adding to the pianists series of successful recordings, covering a wide and varied repertoire. In duo with Alina Pogostkin the pianist recently performed at the Helsinki Festival and the Beethovenfest in Bonn.

In addition to being a frequent festival artist, Sveinung Bjelland was from 2002-2008 festival director himself. The artistic profile of the Gloger Festival in Kongsberg developed into one of the most interesting among Norwegian music festivals, with the exquisite and inspiring space of the beautiful Kongsberg Church as its main arena.


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Repertoire list

Warsaw Concerto

Piano Concerto No. 3

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C-major
Piano Concerto No. 3 in c-minor

Piano Concerto No. 1 in e-minor

Nights in the Gardens of Spain

Rhapsody in Blue

Piano Concerto in a-minor

Piano Concerto in D-major

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A-major

Piano Concerto No. 1
Piano Concerto No. 2
Concerto for violin, piano and strings in d-minor

Concert a quatre

Piano Concerto No. 13 KV415
Piano Concerto No. 23 KV488
Piano Concerto No. 26 KV537
Piano Concerto No. 27 KV595
Concerto for two pianos in Ess-major, KV365

Piano Concerto in G-major

Piano Concerto in g-minor

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F-dur

Concerto for piano and wind

Piano Concerto No. 1
Concerto for two pianos and orchestra

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Photos for PR use

Original Bjelland 1_original.jpg
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Credit: Johs Bøe

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Credit: Morten Krogvold

Size: 2494 x 2494
Credit: Morten Krogvold

bjelland 2B .jpg
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Credit: Johs Bøe

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Sveinung Bjelland plays Mendelssohn Sonata opus 6, 4mov

Sveinung Bjelland plays Scarlatti Sonata in G Major K427

Sveinung Bjelland plays Scarlatti Sonata f-minor K418

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Online Resources

Sveinung Bjelland website
Svensk Konsertdirektion AB - Tradition in Artist Management