Oscar Micaelsson

From Göteborg, Sweden. Oscar Micaelsson studied in his Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. His mentor is Deborah Wood. He received tuition in Paris under prof. Jay Gottlieb, Dr. Naji Hakim in Paris, specialists in contemporary music and improvisation. Besides playing classical and contemporary piano music, Oscar Micaelsson is also active in the fields of jazz and improvisation, he is an organist, and he is a composer and a teacher. In his writings about music he has concentrated on aspects of jazz, contemporary music and the classical tradition. He was written several texts and lectures about ‘The aspects of jazz, contemporary music and classical tradition’ and has a book coming up under the subject. He has participated in masterclasses for prof Ferenc Rados, Yale University prof. Boris Berman, prof. Andrzej Jasinski an prof. Luiz de Moura Castro. Oscar currently resides in Vienna, Austria as a base for his extensive freelance career.

Here are major achievements in solo career starting with chamber music concerts and solo recitals:

  • 2019, upcoming in June. Concert Tour in USA and Canada and Europe with violinist Johannes Fleischmann. Debut CD program of Jewish|Austrian sonatas.
  • 2018, Recital with the prize winning duo Karner/Wagner in Austria and Denmark. Improvisations and selected favorite repertoire. 2017, Pittsburgh City Theater, USA, Solo Recital
  • 2016, First recital in Russia. Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg. 2016, Guest pianist audition Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. 2016, Modern Monday. Brask, Berg, Jørgensen. Danish modernism recital series.
  • 2015, Casa di Musica. Portugal. Chamber music concert with Cellist Theodor Lyngstad.
  • 2012-2013, Tivoli Summer Festival. Works by Conlon Nancarrow and Stravinsky and Beethovens piano sonatas. 2012, Final concert of Wundergrund Festival 2012 by SNYK DK the organization for Contemporary and experimental music, Copenhagen. 2011, Liszt recital. 2011. A collaboration with Finland in ‘Young Nordic Music festival’2010 Chopin Recital. 2009-2011, ‘PULSAR’ - a festival of Contemporary Music, Copenhagen. Major Danish contemporary composers recitals.

As a soloist with orchestras:

  • 2016, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 1, conducted by Magnus Fryklund. 2015, Rødovre Concert Band. CD recording and performance of Piano Concert by prof. Mogens Andresen.   
  • 2013, Konzerthaus Vienna, Gunnar Berg, piano concerto “Frise” for piano and chamber orchestra. 100 Years anniversary of Austrian Composer Society with European Contemporary Composers Orchestra (ECCO).
  • 2013, Gwangju Symphony Orchestra. South Korea. Stravinsky’s Piano Concerto. Conductor Chungki Min.
  • 2012, Conducted and performed as soloist in a celebration concert at the Town Hall square in Copenhagen. Mozart and Gershwin.2012, Conducted and performed as soloist in a celebration concert at the Town Hall square in Copenhagen. Mozart and Gershwin. 2012, Copenhagen Philharmonic Hall, Oscar performed as soloist in ‘John Cages Piano Concerto for Prepared piano and Chamber Orchestra’ with the Pulsar Sinfonietta under conductor Jean Thorel.


Major employers and ensembles:

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble,

2018-today. Principal Pianist as of summer 2018. American Contemporary Music Ensemble based in Pittsburgh. 6 musicians in the group. The ensemble is on its 43rd active season with many CD and DVD recordings, performances and radio appearences around the country and in Europe aswell. Director Kevin Noe'Rourke. The ensemble returns to Scotland this year 2019, for 1 months appearance in Edinburgh Fringe Festival. pnme.org

2018, Collaboration with American Composers Forum. Works by Biedenbender, Wie and Renowned Jazz Bassist Rufus Ried.

Copenhagen Opera Festival,

Musical director, pianist and score arranger at the annual Copenhagen Opera festival. The festival is active every summer in Denmarks open out door stages. operafestival.dk/en

2017-2018, Leoncavallo. Pagliacci. Recurring success as Musical Director, project leader, arranger or scores and pianist of events through Scandinavia.  

2016, Verdi, La Traviata. Rehearsal pianist and performing pianist in production.  

2014, Gounod, Faust. Musical revision, composer and improvisor. The project was a merge of Silent movie with improvised and composed music and the original libretto from the opera.  

Smålands Music & Teater company,

Rehearsal production pianist and assistant conductor of Jönkoping Sinfonietta, in Culture House, Spira, Jönköping, Sweden.
Two productions of musical theater.
2016, Stephen Sondheim, 'Passion'. Rehearsal pianist under conductor Johan Siberg.
2018, Leonard Bernstein, 'On the Town', Scandinavian Premiere. Rehearsal pianist and assistant conductor under Bjorn Dobbelære.   

SYMPHONIACS,  2014-today. Member in this crossover group. Founded by Andreas Lutschounig. The project had the first CD released In October 2017 under the label Polydor Records, Universal Music Deutschland and its first tour presented by Live Nation in Austria, Switzerland and Germany in May in the most famous halls like Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Munich Philharmonie am Gasteig, Berlin O2 Hall, Vienna Museums quartier. The tour was. The group has had numerous of appearances in the German speaking countries television, in the major networks ARD, ZDF and others. symphoniacs.com for further reference.

SYMPHONIACS most recent events include, TV Show in Brussels, Belgium in January 2019, 'The Golden Boot' (de gouden schoen) a soccer gala for the best players of the country, a Christmas eve concert in Dominican Republic, a concert in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy as opening of Ski season and Fashion week. An important event in Monaco, Caudwell children, the Butterfly Ball and marbella Marbella Ocean Beach Club in Spain.  

The group has an upcoming Tour 2019 in Germany and events in Nairobi and Caudwell Children In United Kingdom as well as their second CD release currently ongoing recording in Berlin.


2013-today. Member of the contemporary percussion ensemble, Ekkozone. Founded by prizewinning percussionist Mathias Reumert. The group performs has made a number of Danish premiers of the music by Steve Reich, and other contemporary composers. They have been performing in the major concert halls in Denmark, Tivoli concert hall, The Black Diamond, Odense and Jazzhouse.  

2018, they had an important CD release under Mode Records N.Y. Steve Reich Double Sextet and Sextet.
2016, 10th June, the ensemble made a great success with the Scandinavian Premiere of Steve Reich's 'Music for 18 musicians'. Same  

year, the ensemble represented Denmark in the annual conference Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam, Holland 2016. ekkozone.dk 


Prizes and Awards:  

2014. he was awarded the prestigious Danish LÉONIE SONNING GRANT for young upcoming artists in Denmark. In 2015. Oscar was awarded Artist of the year, an artist in residence in the region of southern Sweden. This made it possible for private studies in New York for Julian Martin, faculty of the Juilliard School.