BIOGRAPHY

SVEINUNG BJELLAND is one of Norway's leading classical pianists. His recording of Scarlatti and Mendelssohn sonatas received international acclaim and was nominated for the Norwegian Grammy Award. It was followed by numerous albums, including a celebrated recording of concertos by Chopin and Schumann in 2018.

He studied with Professor Hans Leygraf at Mozarteum in Salzburg and at the University of the Arts in Berlin. After his studies, which he completed with top marks and special distinction, he received numerous awards and was named “Young Musician of the Year” by the Norwegian Concert Institute in 1999.

Bjelland has since then been much in demand, both as a concert soloist and as a chamber musician throughout the world. He has also collaborated closely with the German tenor Daniel Behle for many years, performing in prestigious halls in London, Berlin, Vienna, Lucerne, Paris, Munich and Frankfurt.

Their three recordings of Die schöne Müllerin, Dichterliebe and Die schöne Magelone received enthusiastic reviews from the international music press.

Sveinung Bjelland served as artistic director of the Gloger Festival in Norway from 2002 to 2008.

He is professor of piano at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and the University of Agder in Kristiansand.

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