Friday, May 19, 2017

A00004 - Kjell Baekkelund, Norwegian classical pianist

Kjell Bækkelund (6 May 1930 – 13 May 2004) was a Norwegian classical pianist, born in Oslo. He was known as a child prodigy.
Bækkelund made his debut with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of eight. His final years of study took place at Stockholm, with Professor Boon, and at Vienna, with Professor Seidlhofer. In 1953 Bækkelund won first prize in the first Scandinavian Musicians' Festival held at Trondheim; and in London the same year, he was awarded the Harriet Cohen Medal as "the finest pianist of the year".