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Per Salo   (Born 1962)

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Born in 1962 in Copenhagen Denmark, Per Salo studied piano and organ in Denmark, Italy and USA. In Denmark he studied with Grethe Krogh, Flemming Dreisig, Esther Wagning and John Damgaard. In New York, USA, he studied with Seymour Lipkin. Salo graduated with an Organ Diploma from the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music in 1985 and with a Masters Degree in Piano Performance from Juilliard School of Music, New York in 1989.
Per Salo is very active both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. His repertoire includes many Danish and contemporary works and many Danish composers have written music for him. In 1996 dedicated his piano concerto Concerto in due Tempi to Per Salo. Per Salo’s concert activities have brought him to all of the Scandinavian countries, most of Europe, Korea and the USA. Recently he appeared as a soloist in Olivier Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphony at concerts in Germany and Denmark.
Since 1996 he is concentrating his chamber music work in the duo Åstrand/Salo with the violinist . In 2007 the duo released a CD with the violin music of Carl Nielsen. The CD won two prizes at Danish Music Awards same year: Chamber Music Release of the Year and P2 Prize - the special prize of the Danish listeners. Next CD is released in the spring 2009 containing the three violin sonatas of the Danish romantic composer . 1997 the two musicians formed The Danish Horn Trio together with the French horn player Jakob Keiding. The trio has played in many festivals throughout Scandinavia and Europe. In 2001 they made a recording of the two famous horn trios of Johannes Brahms and György Ligeti. Shortly after its release the CD was chosen as “CD of the Month” by the BBC Music Magazine.
Per Salo has recorded numerous CDs. As a piano soloist he has recorded music by several Danish composers (including Per Nørgaard, Ib Nørholm, Niels Viggo Bentzon, Rued Langgaard, Svend-Erik Tarp, Emil Hartmann og Hakon Børresen). He has also performed in a large number of chamber music recordings. In Denmark Per Salo has received many awards and prizes – a.o. The Artist Prize of the Danish Music Critics.
Since 1989 Per Salo has been holding a position as pianist and organist in the in Copenhagen.

Live Dates

04/06/2014   Sjældne sonater på Sophienholm og ny CD
Christina Åstrand og Per Salo har opdaget en mesterlig samling violinsonater af dansk-tyske Friedrich Kuhlau.
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18/05/2011   The Danish Horn Trio on British new music festival
This year's Sounds New Festival in Canterbury offers an exclusive release concert featuring The Danish Horn Trio - Christina Åstrand (violin), Per Salo (piano) and Jakob Keiding (French horn).
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02/12/2014   MusicWeb International

Friedrich Kuhlau: Violinsonater vol. 1
"The performances are stylish and deft, and appropriately modest where need be. They’ve been well recorded."
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10/11/2014   Gramophone

Friedrich Kuhlau: Violinsonater vol. 1
"The playing on the new Dacapo disc is admirably clean, flexible and responsive, both to the music and between the two players."
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25/09/2014   MusicWeb International

Friedrich Kuhlau Violinsonater vol. 1
"Op. 79 seem to offer a more personal insight into Kuhlau the composer and his individual style."
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01/09/2014   Klassisk

Forfriskende Guldalderromantik
4/6 Stars

"Christina Åstrand og Per Salo spiller med glød og gejst."
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04/08/2014   David's Review Corner

Friedrich Kuhlau: Violinsonater vol. 1
"They are duos with an equally demanding part for piano, much of the thematic content given to the keyboard, the violin’s role being decorative."
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26/06/2014   Kristeligt Dagblad

Friedrich Kuhlau: Violinsonater vol. 1
4/6 Stars

"Christina Åstrand og Per Salo spiller alle fire sonater med en velgørende naturlighed og stilsans, og udgivelsen vil givetvis vække både glæde og forundring blandt musikinteresserede."
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26/06/2014   Fyens Stiftstidende

Guldaldermusik for to
4/6 Stars

"Det er ikke ”stor” musik, men udførelsen her med to af landets erfarne kunstnere berettiger bestemt opmærksomhed."
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20/06/2014   Jyllands-Posten

Romantisk Tænding
4/6 Stars

"Salo virker i den grad tændt, og hans spændstige bund giver Åstrand mulighed for at krænge sjælen ud mellem nodelinjerne og levere andet end en tur i guldaldertrædemøllen."
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18/06/2014   JC Klassisk

Friedrich Kuhlau: Violinsonater vol. 1
"Samarbejdet betyder musik, som i sin inderlighed og sit udtryk giver en romantisk friskhed, som det er ideelt at lytte til netop nu."
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21/11/2011   American Record Guide

Distant Still - Trios for violin, horn and piano
"These Danish composers from three generations seem intent on forging their own paths ... this is a fascinating and powerful piece."
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01/10/2011   Gramophone

Ruders, Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Eichberg: Distant Still - Trios for violin, horn and piano
"Taken together, they offer a fascinating cross-section of the diversity of temperament among Danish composers ... a disc that is as finely recorded as it is played."
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21/06/2011   Fyens Stiftstidende

Distant Still - Trioer for violin, horn og klaver
4/6 Stars

"De tre musikere har spillet sammen siden slut-90' erne, og viser til fulde, at instrumentsammensætningen er udfordrende og lytteværdig."
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08/06/2011   Kristeligt Dagblad

Distant Still - Trios for violin, horn and piano
4/6 Stars

"De tre musikere spiller hele vejen igennem med en omhyggelig sans for detaljerne."
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20/03/1993   Fanfare

Svend Erik Tarp: Orchestral Works
"Should be part of every collection of twentieth-century music."
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Photo: Agnete Schlichtkrull

Discography

Violin Sonatas Vol. 1
Violin Sonatas Vol. 1
Friedrich Kuhlau

CD 8.226082 (2014)

Four sonatas by Kuhlau, who with his wide network was the most international composer in the Danish music of the 1820s and 1830s

Distant Still - Trios for violin, horn and piano
Distant Still - Trios for violin, horn and piano
Ruders, Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Eichberg

CD 8.226549 (2011)

Contemporary works written for The Danish Horn Trio by Poul Ruders, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen and Søren Nils Eichberg

Sonatas for violin and piano
Sonatas for violin and piano
Niels W. Gade

CD 8.226066 (2009)

The three violin sonatas by the most famous Danish composer of the Romantic era

Symphonies No. 2 and 3
Symphonies No. 2 and 3
Rued Langgaard

SACD 6.220516 (2007)

Two of Langgaard’s most colourful, optimistic symphonies

Concertos
Concertos
Emil Hartmann

SACD 6.220511 (2005)

Brilliant Romantic concertos for violin, cello and piano

Orchestral Works Vol. 3
Orchestral Works Vol. 3
Hakon Børresen

CD 8.224105 (1999)

Børresen’s ballet about the astronomer Tycho Brahe is a sparkling Late Romantic star

Cello Miniatures
Cello Miniatures
Børresen, Emborg, Heise, Fabricius, L.Glass, L. Nielsen

CD 8.224092 (1998)

Stylish, elegant music by Danish composers from around 1900

Oboe and Piano
Oboe and Piano

CD 8.224043 (1996)

Orchestral Works
Orchestral Works
Svend Erik Tarp

DCCD 9005 (1992)


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