Bengt Forsberg

Bengt Forsberg

Last updated: 03 March 2011

Jury member: Song Prize

Bengt Forsberg is one of Sweden's leading musicians, with a busy career encompassing solo piano performance, chamber music, conducting and piano accompaniment.

He has maintained a long-standing musical partnership with mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, resulting in many recordings including the songs of Grieg, which won a Gramophone Record of the Year Award for 1995. He and von Otter also collaborated in the BIS label's complete Sibelius project. Bengt Forsberg also regularly accompanies cellists Mats Lidström and Andreas Brantelid and violinist Nils-Erik Sparf.

He studied at the Royal Academy of Music in Gothenburg, Sweden, at first training to become a church organist and cantor but switching to piano by the time of his graduation in 1978. He continued his piano studies with Phyllis Sellick and Peter Feuchtwanger in London and Herman D Koppel in Copenhagen.

Bengt Forsberg is known for his wide repertoire and his constant interest in reviving neglected music, including works by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Charles Alkan, Emmanuel Chabrier, Wilhelm Stenhammar, Benjamin Godard, Léon Boëllmann, Charles Koechlin, Gabriel Pierné and Percy Grainger. He has a strong interest in French music of the 1800s and has recorded works by Saint-Saëns. He is director of the chamber music series at the All Saints' Church in Stockholm.

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