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Norwegian pianist Einar Steen-Nøkleberg has established himself on the international arena being praised by critics as "a pianist of limitless imagination and sensitivity". His international career, that has already lasted over five decades, include repeated solo recitals in London, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Moscow, Mexico City, New York, Hamburg and Copenhagen. Concerto appearances include the London Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Copenhagen Royal Chapel, the China Philharmonic, as well as further major orchestras in Europe and Asia. Since 1970 Einar Steen-Nøkleberg has also pursued an extensive teaching career. From 1975 to 1981 he was Professor of Piano at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Hannover, an appointment which made him Germany's youngest professor. He regularly holds master-classes at Mozarteum, Salzburg and in Paris at Institut Cortôt École Normale, as well as courses in Japan, China, USA, Mexico, Brasil, Russia and Scandinavia. In addition, he has judged piano competitions such as the Schumann-Competition in Düsseldorf, Busoni, Monza and Trani in Italy, the Bachauer, Cleveland, William Kapell and Palm Beach in the USA. He is founder and president of the Norwegian section of the European Piano Teachers Association and the Oslo Grieg Society, the Grieg Memorial Composers Competitions and the Concours Grieg for pianists in Oslo. Einar Steen-Nøkleberg has released more than 50 recordings. His recording of the Grieg Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra was chosen by the BBC Saturday Review as “the best version of this much-recorded concerto”. His recently released monumental recording of all Grieg's piano music, has also once again received international acclaim. He is currently publishing Halfdan Kjerulf and Harald Saeverud piano works. In addition to his extensive recording projects, Steen-Nøkleberg has written Onstage with Grieg, a study in interpretation of Grieg’s piano works and is editor and co-editor of Grieg’s Piano Music for the Gustav Henle Verlag. Among Steen-Nøkleberg’s prizes and distinctions, some of the most important are the Norwegian Critics' Prize for Best Performance in 1975, the Lindeman Prize as "Performer of the Year" in 1984 as well as the Grieg Prize of Bergen (1985) and Oslo (1992). He is a Knight of the St. Olav Order, appointed by the King of Norway for his activities for Norwegian music in general.

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