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Kei Solvang

Biography

 

Kei Solvang (2002) was born in Japan, but moved to Norway with her family at the age of five. In 2017 she was accepted into the Young Talent Class at the Grieg Academy,
University of Bergen. Between 2019-2022, she has been a member of the Talent Program at Prof.
Jiri Hlinka Piano Academy. This is an international academy based in Bergen with Leif Ove Andsnes, Håvard Gimse and Christian Ihle Hadland as the main mentors.

 

Kei has won several prizes in both national and international
competitions, such as 1st Prize and the audience award at the Norwegian National Music
Championship for youth, finalist and scholarship winner at Pianale Junior International Academy
and Competition, finalist at Japan E-piano Competition (she could not attend the final due to covid-19 restrictions), finalist at the Cecilia International Piano Competition & 1st Prize at Orbetello Piano Competition Onli
ne. She has also been awarded several scholarships, among them from Tom Wilhelmsen's Foundation, G9alt Sparebank 1, Gunvor and Sigvart Ellingsen's Foundation, Aksel Byes Foundation, Bergen Municipality and Sigmund Skage's Memorial Fund.

 

She has been invited and performed
as a soloist at several concerts, for instance at the TV-program "Grieg Minute By Minute", which
was broadcasted in the event of the 175th anniversary of the birth of the Norwegian Composer
Edvard Grieg. As for other concerts, we mention the participation at the concertseries “Pianist of
the week” at Edvard Griegs home, Troldhaugen, and season opening concert for the concertseries,
“Aulaseriene” at the University Aula in Oslo. During the Bergen International Music Festival in
May 2023, Kei was invited to perform the Norwegian female composer, Anne-Marie Ørbeck’s
Piano Concerto, together with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Anna-Maria Helsing. 

During the summer 2023, she performed the César Franck Piano Quintet together with stringplayers from Berlin, Japan and Ireland at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. 

As an active Lied-pianist, she performs regularly as a Lied Duo together with the Norwegian tenor singer, Ian Marcus Bjørsvik. They have been invited to perform in venues such as Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen, and in April 2023 they won the 2nd Prize at Langgaard Competition in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

 

Kei is on her third year of bachelor's studies in piano with Prof. Jens Elvekjær at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in
Copenhagen.

Foto/Photo: Marianne Storaker

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