Pianist Per Salo (b. 1962) studied piano and organ in Denmark, Italy and the US. He studied piano under Esther Wagning, John Damgaard and Seymour Lipkin, and organ under Grethe Krogh and Flemming Dreisig. Per Salo holds a diploma degree as organist from the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen and also a master’s degree in Piano Performance from Juilliard School of Music, New York. He has been employed as the pianist/organist in the Danish National Symphony Orchestra since 1989.
Per Salo is one of Denmark’s leading pianists and is an extremely active soloist and chamber musician. His repertoire includes a great number of Danish and present-day works, and many Danish composers have written music especially for him – including Per Nørgård, who wrote his piano concerto Concerto in due Tempi for Salo and also dedicated it to him. For many years, Salo has played with his wife, Christina Åstrand in Duo Åstrand/Salo. The duo has a considerable concert activity and CD production behind them, the emphasis being on Danish music. Salo’s concerts have taken him to many venues in Scandinavia, Europe, Korea and the USA, and he has received numerous awards and scholarships, including Gladsaxe Music Prize and the Danish Music Critics Artist Prize.
As a soloist, Per Salo has recorded a great many CDs with music by, among others, Per Nørgård, Emil Hartmann and Michael Mantler – his latest CD production being The Tempered Piano by Niels Viggo Bentzon.
Allan Gravgaard Madsen, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen
Nachtmusik · For Violin and Orchestra
Niels Viggo Bentzon
The Tempered Piano
Violin Sonatas Vol. 2
Complete Works for Violin and Piano, Vol. 2
Violin Sonatas Vol. 1
Poul Ruders, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Søren Nils Eichberg
Distant Still - Trios for violin, horn and piano
Niels W. Gade
Sonatas for violin and piano
Hakon Børresen, Jens Laurson Emborg, Peter Heise, Jacob Fabricius, Louis Glass, Ludolf Nielsen
Carl Nielsen, Niels Viggo Bentzon, Otto Mortensen, Vagn Holmboe, Per Nørgård
Oboe and Piano
Svend Erik Tarp