Inger Wikström

(born in Stockholm, 1939) pianist, composer and conductor. She started to study piano at the age of six and two years later she debuted in public. At a young age she studied music theory and counterpoint with composer/music theoretician Valdemar Söderholm, Hans Eppstein and Gunnar Bucht. She continued her piano studies with Gottfrid Boon at The Royal Academy in Stockholm and with Ilona Kabos in London. Wikström debuted as a pianist with Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of sixteen which led to her being elected The Artist of the Year. She has performed as a pianist in most European countries, the USA, Latin America, Russia, Israel, Japan, China, Australia and Africa, and the former Soviet Union. From the age of fifteen she also worked as a pedagogue and when she discovered that there was a need for a private music institute, a top education for pianist, violinists and vocals, she founded one herself in Österskär Nordiskt Musikkonservatorium in 1977, later on Nordisk Kammaropera. Nowadays Nordisk Kammaropera is focusing on the children's opera culture. Lately Wikström has studied composition and conducting with Gunno Södersten. She is now devoting more and more time for composing and performing her own works. She has written instrumental works, 8 operas and song-cycles on lyrics by Shakespeare, Rilke and Strindberg. Most of her repertoire is vocal music. She was elected into the Society of Swedish Composers in 1987. Wikström has also published an – Rapsodi, (1975).
Selected works: Ballad op.13, 1982, for pf; Don Giovanni variations, 2003, for pf; The magic flute variations, for pf; Tre violinduetter op.18, 1988, for 2 vl; Ballad f piano och stråkork op.17, 1987, for pf, str; Three Shakespeare sonnets, for Br, pf; Bön av Den heliga Birgitta: Visa mig vägen, 2003, for mixed Coro, text Heliga (Holy) Birgitta; Peter Pan, 1997, a children's opera for 4 soli, pf, text Elisabeth Nederman; Elddonet,1991, for Vocals and instruments, text H C Andersen; En dåres försvarstal, 2002, for S, T pf and 1 dancer, text Miriam Gutman after author August Strindberg's novel.
Publications direction: Available at Svensk Musik/Swedmic AB
Awards, selection: The order of Rio Branco, The Villa-Lobos medal, The Bartok-medal and the Adelaide Ristori Prize.