Caroline Leander

(born in Lund, Sweden, 1965, resident Malmö), is a pianist, composer and conductor in the jazz, pop and theatre fields. She started her musical training at the age of six and piano was her first instrument. Later on she added voice and accordion. Leander studied at St. Petri Music College in Malmö, Skurup's Folkhögskola and Malmö Academy of Music. Leander has worked as a free-lance musician in extensive musical contexts. She started her career at 18 at Malmö Theatre Academy transforming Verdi's La Traviata to solo piano in the theatre-play The Lady of the camellias. Ever since, Leander has frequently appeared on dance and theatre stages as a pianist, composer and conductor, for example accompanist at Skånes Dansteater in Malmö and at Dansens Hus and The school of modern dance in Copenhagen. She has collaborated with the magician Malin Nilsson, been a pianist in shows with members from Varieté Vauduvill and she arranged, played and conducted in the musical Sluka mig at Helsingborgs Stadsteater. In the beginning of the 90's Leander formed her own band. Since then she has released 5 CDs with her own material and she has participated in many other recordings. Since 2000 Leander collaborates with the French singer and guitarist Ann Marie Teinturier in the French-sounding duo Prunes, performing in Sweden, Denmark and France. Prunes has released several albums, the latest with their own songs, and they have also participated in French national radio. Leander has performed at the Umbria Jazz Festival, Patras Jazz Festival, Skeppsholmsfestivalen, and Pori Jazz and toured in countries such as Germany, Italy, Poland, Sweden and Denmark. She composed the music to Orderi, a children's radio-play for Swedish Radio and also worked as an accompanist and teacher at the School of Theatre in Milan in the 80's.
Selected recordings: In Leander's own name: Under my heart 2010, dB-Productions; Read my lips (1996) dB-Productions; Wait for your soul (1995) dB Productions, Lucky dreams (1992) dB Productions.
As a side woman: Grande Rue, Prunes (2007), Altavox; Liqueur (2004), db –Productions; Ensemble Miró 2003); Compote, Prunes (2002)
Awards, selection: Scholarship from SKAP (Swedish Composers of Popular Music), Nominated to the Golden record in the magazine OJ (Orkesterjournalen)

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