Niklas Sivelöv

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Niklas Sivelov
Born (1968-04-11) April 11, 1968 (age 50)
Skellefteå, Västerbotten, Sweden
Alma materRoyal Academy of Music in Stockholm,
Musik Hochschule Trossingen Teachers: Liisa Pohjola, Gabriel Amiras and Maria Curcio Diamond
OccupationPianist, Composer and Teacher
Years active1991–present

Niklas Sivelov (born April 11, 1968) is a Swedish concert pianist, composer and teacher.


Niklas Sivelov was born in Skellefteå in Northern Sweden. His ancestors came from Karelia and Northern Finland.

Sivelov began studying the organ at age of 6 and later winning prizes throughout Scandinavia as an organist, mostly with his own compositions and improvisations. At the age fourteen he switched to piano and he began to practice more seriously. At seventeen, Sivelov attended the Royal College of music in Stockholm, where he studied keyboard and composition, and he made his soloist debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic performing the Bartók Second Piano Concerto in 1991. He continued his studies in Helsinki, Bucharest, Trossingen and London. His repertoire extends from Bach to Contemporary, including a number of 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, Mario Venzago, John Axelrod and Kazufumi Yamashita. He has performed with the leading orchestras in Scandinavia, Tonhalle Zurich, Suisse Romande and orchestras all over Europe.

Niklas Sivelöv is a dedicated chamber musician. He gives recitals in prestigious venues all over the world and has worked together with Mark Peskanov, Leonid Gorokhov, Martin Fröst, Patrick Gallois and Malena Ernman and, showing another side of his versatility, he has performed and recorded with accordionist Lelo Nika.

Few pianists have the courage and stamina to perform Bach's Das Wohltemperierte Klavier book 1 and 2 in three concerts, as Niklas Sivelöv has done with success in legendary Bargemusic, New York in January, 2010.

The distinctions Niklas Sivelöv has received are many and impressive signifying his position as leading Scandinavian pianist. His recording of his own improvisations over Bellman's music was awarded the important The Independent Music Awards, where he was the first Scandinavian ever won the prize for the best classical album and was elected Winner of Vox Populi poll, a component of the 8th IMA program. Former winners include names like Norah Jones, Tom Waits and Peter Gabriel. Niklas Sivelöv was recently elected for the Steinway Hall of Fame.

He has received the Diapason d'Or (Berwald's Piano Concerto), Cannes nomination for best 20th century recording (Einar Englund's Piano Concerto No.1) and Penguin Record Guide's highest marks (Piano works by Wilhelm Stenhammar and Wilhelm Peterson-Berger). Sivelöv has recently released the recording of Robert Schumann's Piano Sonatas and Stenhammar's two Piano Concertos with Malmö Symphony Orchestra.

Niklas Sivelöv is professor at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen.


  • J.S Bach, 3 Sonatas for cello and piano with Morten Zeuthen
  • J.S. Bach Das Wohltemperierte Klavier
  • Niklas Sivelov Works for piano 24 Preludes a.o.
  • Exposé Improvisations for 1&2 pianos
  • Schumann Piano Sonatas
  • Vers la flamme, music of A.N Skrjabin
  • Improvisational 1, piano improvisations inspired by C M Bellman
  • Piano Music of Argentina, Music by Ginastera, Piazzolla and Guastavino
  • Wilhelm Stenhammar: Piano Works
  • Danzas, Music for tuba and piano with Oystein Baadsvik
  • Franz Berwald: Piano Concerto in D major
  • Swedish Piano Music, Music by Morales, Seymer, Milveden, Rangström a.o.
  • Wlodek Gulgowski, works for piano
  • W. Peterson-Berger, Flowers from Frösö Island (Melodies, Humoresques and Idylls for Piano)
  • Wilhelm Stenhammar: The 2 concertos for piano
  • Einar Englund – Orchestral Works: Blackbird Symphony; Nostalgic Symphony; Piano Concerto
  • R. Schumann – Piano Works: Kreisleriana, Sonata G Minor, Arabesk and Variations, Op. 14
  • Liszt: Pianotranscriptions of Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 (Eroica) by Beethoven
  • Lars Ekström: The Dream Age-Concerto, dedicated to Niklas Sivelöv
  • Fratres with Szymon Krzeszowiec, violin; music by Pärt, Reger, Stravinsky, Dallapiccola and Schnittke


Opus Work Date
1 Divertimento per archi (stringtrio) 1986
2 The Rage of the Chameleon 1987
3 Dance of the Bull 1989
4 String quartet nr 1 1989
5 Passacaglia per archi 1989
6 Sonata for tuba and piano 1992
7 Suite para marimba 1995
8 Sonata quasi una rhapsodia per violino e pianoforte 1996
9 Sonatina for flute and piano 1997
10 Twist and Shout for clarinet solo 1997
11 Concerto Classico for piano and orchestra 1998
12 Suite for percussion and piano 1999
13 Concerto nr. 2 for piano and strings 2001
14 The Spiders Nest for cello and piano 2003
15 Toccata for piano 2004
16 Introduction and Allegro for oboe and piano 2004
17 Tres Danzas for tuba and piano 2005
18 The NY trio for violin, cello and piano 2005
19 Touchè! for percussion ensemble 4 players 2007
20 Suite for marimba and vibraphone 2010
21 Suite in modo classico 1995–2010
22 24 Preludes for piano 2010-2014
23 2 Improvisations 2010
24 Album for the youth book 1 2010
25 Symphony no. 1 "Nordico" 2015
26 Symphony no. 2 "The myth of sisyphus" 2017
27 Concerto no. 3 for piano and orchestra 2017
28 5 pieces for string orchestra 2017


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