Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
Jean Sibelius was a Finnish composer and violinist. He is said to be the greatest Finnish composer. Sibelius is credited with helping Finland develop its own national identity. He is best known for his seven symphonies. Other well known works include: Finlandia, Valse triste, his Violin Concerto, and Swan of Tuonela.
Sibelius loved the violin but didn’t like the piano. He composed several collections of piano pieces for money. The pieces vary in quality. His piano music is beginning to get some recognition from amateur pianists as well as professional pianists.
Sibelius was known to drink excessively, eat excessively, smoke cigars, and party hard. Despite living a wild lifestyle, Sibelius lived to the ripe old age of 92.
Havard Gimse – pianist (1966 – )
Havard Gimse is a Norwegian classical pianist who has an affinity for the Scandinavian piano repertoire, in particular Norwegian music. He has performed on many of the world’s great concert stages including: Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Here are a couple of piano pieces by Sibelius played by Havard Gimse: his Romance op.24, no.9 in D Flat Major, and his Impromptu op.5, no.5 in b minor. Enjoy!