Carl Petersson's (SE) public lecture about Leopold Godowsky's piano music
Pianist and doctor of philosophy Carl Petersson (Sweden) gives a public lecture about the piano music of the polish composer and pianist Leopold Godowsky.
Born in 1981 in Lund, Sweden, Carl Petersson graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where he completed both his studies in piano and pedagogy with José Ribera. During his studies he took part in numerous international master-classes in Denmark, Sweden and Israel. Four times in succession he won a scholarship to the Tel-Hai International Piano Master-Classes, where he studied with Pnina Salzman, Victor Derevianco, Emanuel Krasovsky, Teppo Koivisto and Nikolai Petrov. In 2013 he received his PhD. Degree from the Music Academy in Kraków, where he also assisted Mariola Cieniawa’s class.
He has performed as a soloist as well as with orchestras on numerous occasions in Canada, the United States, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, France, the Czech Republic, Germany and Israel. In the autumn of 2012 he toured North America, performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto seven times under Kerry Stratton, including a live broadcast for Canadian Radio (CBC). In 2015 he was invited by Wu Promotion for a tour of 11 concerts around China.
In 2008 he made an acclaimed recording with the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra of the two piano concertos by the romantic composer Friedrich von Flotow, released on the Sterling label, and in 2011 he recorded Leopold Godowsky’s Java Suite, followed in 2012 by the duets for cello and piano of Jacques Offenbach and Friedrich von Flotow. In 2015 Grand Piano released his recording of the Percy Grainger edition of Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, coupled with Helge Evju’s Piano Concerto based on Grieg’s sketches for a second concerto. This was received with considerable critical and public interest. Carl did the American premiere of the Evju concerto together with Buffalo Philharmonic and JoAnn Falletta. Carl’s latest album, Contemporary Danish Piano Music, also gained critical acclaim in the international press.