One of Norway’s leading young pianists Gunilla Süssmann has been nominated for the prestigious MIDEM 2006 International Revelation.
As one of only five nominees, renowned Norwegian pianist Gunilla Süssmann has been chosen to perform at the prestigious Les Revelations Internationales d’Annee during ‘Les Victories’ which is staged during MIDEM in Cannes next January.
This major event will be aired on French TV and radio on January 23 2006 and the winner is selected based on votes by member of the European Association of Artist Agents.
The other nominees to the International Revelation prize are Ryszard Groblewski (alto), Yossif Ivanov (violon), Marcela Roggeri (piano) and Yumiko Tanimura (soprano).
Gunilla Süssmann has a leading position amongst the youngest generation of Norwegian pianists. She has a growing international career and is highly acclaimed by both audiences and the press.
In September 2003 Gunilla Süssmann performed Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques with the Bergen Philharmonic, conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw. Her playing lead to an immediately invitation to perform the Grieg piano concerto at the prestigious closing concert of the Bergen International Festival 2004.
Other engagements in 2004 included concerts with the Norwegian Radio-Orchestra, duo performances with cellist Tanja Tezlaff and soprano Solveig Kringelborn, as well as her recital debut in Paris at Festival d’ île de France.
10th of November 2005 saw Süssmann holding a solo recital at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw – an event that is reserved for the elite of instrumentalists. With a repertoire of Russian solo works by Scriabin and Rachmaninov, Süssmann captured the audience with flawless playing and her vital stage presence.
For Naxos she has recorded Geirr Tveitt’s Concerto for two pianos and orchestra together with pianist Havard Gimse and the Royal Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bjarte Engeset. The recording received internationally acclaim, and was elected Editor’s Choice in Gramophone, October 2002 and in the BBC-Music-Magazine, January 2003. The record was also nominated at the Cannes Classical Awards 2004.
Gunilla Süssmann has given recitals throughout Europe as well as in China and Chile. Chamber music includes co-operations with outstanding musicians like Martin Fröst, Tanja Tetzlaff, Lars Anders Tomter, Solveig Kringelborn, Vertavo- and Callino String Quartet, etc. She has been performing at all the major festivals in Norway, including the Bergen International Festival and Leif Ove Andsnes’ Risør Chamber Music Festival. Other festival appearances include Duisburg-, Saxon-Bohemian- and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern music festivals, etc.
She has performed with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Radio-Orchestra, Portugal Radio-Orchestra, Swedish SAMI Sinfonietta, Royal Scottish Symphony Orchestra and North Bohemian Philharmonic.
Gunilla Süssmann holds a soloist diploma from the Music Academy in Hanover 2003, and graduated from the Norwegian State Academy of Music in 2000, where she studied with Professor Einar Steen-Nökleberg.
Twice she has won the 1st prize in the National Piano competition for Youth in Norway (1987 and 1995), and in 1996 she was finalist in the EBU-competition in Lisbon, Portugal. September 2000 she won 3rd prize in Concours Grieg, and received the special prize for best Grieg interpretation. Gunilla Süssmann won the status as “Intro Musician 2001-03” by the Norwegian Concert Institute (Rikskonsertene), and in May 2002 she was awarded the Robert Levin Festival Prize after her recital debut at the Bergen International Festival.
Gunilla Süssmann was born in 1977 in Bergen, Norway, and started to play the piano at the age of six.