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Inger Södergren (Piano)

Born: Sweden

The Swedish pianist, Inger Södergren, began his studies in Stockholm, where she received a scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, and then left for Vienna and Salzburg where she studied in the class of Carlo Zecchi, and continued her studies in France with Nadia Boulanger and Yvonne Lefébure.

From then Inger Södergren launched an international career, proving to be an artist of exceptional talent, originality and artistic integrity out of the ordinary. She shows real instinct and acumen in her interpretations of the repertoire of major composers such as L.v. Beethoven, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. Her biggest dowry lies in her ability to reveal hidden treasures in works that the listener does know well, being necessary to hear them repeatedly. The pianist introduces the listener in a palette of rare states of soul, devoting herself to music that she interprets and ignoring the fashions. Not afraid to proclaim her love for pathos, allowing herself be guided by her intuition. The listener is not forced, and is free to follow in his conquest, if desired. An attitude that is both valuable and worthy of respect.

Inger Södergren performs regularly in major concert halls, and participates in prestigious cycles of piano, "Piano quatre étoiles" in Paris, "Les grands concerts" at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées and "Les grands interprètes" at the Salle Gaveau. She has given recitals in the major capitals of the world: Paris, London, Berlin, Milan, Madrid, Amsterdam, Stockholm, New York and Tokyo. Thus she has appeared at the Théâtre du Châtelet, at the festival "La Roque d'Antheron," in Radio-France and Montpellier, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon and at the Auditorium Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo.

Besides his career as a soloist, Inger Södergren formed a duo with contralto Nathalie Stutzmann since 1994. They recorded for RCA Lieder by Robert Schumann (Japan Record Academy Award), J. Brahms and melodies of Chausson and Francis Poulenc. Inger Södergren regularly gives master classes throughout the world.

Her recordings, exclusively for Calliope - were unanimously praised by the critics and labeled with major prizes: 3 Diapason d’Or,6 Choc Le Monde de la Musique, 4 ffff of Télérama, and Grand Prix du Disque da Academia Charles Cros, among others. In her latest recordings for the Calliope label, she plays the sonatas Waldstein and Les Adieux by L.v. Beethoven and sonatas of Mozart.

Source: Calliope Website & Gulbenkian Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (October 2007);
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Aryeh Oron (October 2007)

Inger Södergren: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental Works

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Inger Soödergren (Calliope) [French]

Inger Södergren - biografia (Gulbenkian) [Portuguese]

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