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Balder Neergaard


Balder Neergaard is a versatile pianist, whose artistry and scholarship has brought him to performances at venues across Scandinavia and the UK. As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed at venues including The South Bank Centre, The Victoria & Albert and National Galleries, and St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, as well as Tivoli Concert Hall and the Danish Radio Concert House in Copenhagen, and as a scholar he has given papers and lecture recitals at the universities of York, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, and Aveiro, Portugal. In 2013, his contribution to Interpreting Historical Keyboard Music: Sources and Contexts and Performance (‘In the Footsteps of Jean Paul: Sonority and Pedalling in Papillons, op. 2’) was published by Routledge.  Balder Neergaard was admitted to the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen in 2000, studying with Tove Lønskov. Since 2004, Balder has studied at the Royal College of Music in London with Yonty Solomon and Kevin Kenner, receiving his Bachelor's degree in 2006 and his Master of Music degree with distinction in 2008. Further studies with Paolo Giacometti and Eugen Injic on the modern piano, and Dr Geoffrey Govier on the fortepiano. He has participated in numerous masterclasses with renowned pianists and fortepianists including Pnina Salzman, Jeremy Menuhin, Malcolm Bilson, Gary Cooper and Andreas Staier.

Balder Neergaard has recently submitted his PhD thesis From Composing Virtuoso to Virtuosic Composer: The Sound World of Robert Schumann’s Early Piano Music, 1828–1832, supported by a Leverhulme Postgraduate Studentship.  In addition to his artistic and scholarly pursuits, Balder Neergaard is a devoted piano pedagogue and a sought-after accompanist, working in the Danish government funded talent development programme in the Zealand Region. He is currently a board member of European Piano Teachers Association Denmark.

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Balder Neergaard

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