Einar Steen-Nøkleberg is a leading Norwegian pianist, having made continuous international appearances and over 50 recordings, along with acting as a jury member in prestigious international competitions.
He studied with Nicolai Dirdal and Hans Leygraf. Some of his most important prizes and distinctions are the German Hochschulwettbewerb, the Norwegian Piano Competition in 1972, the Norwegian Critics’ Prize for Best Performance in 1975 (for the interpretation in Grieg’s Piano Concerto at the Bergen Festival), the Norwegian Recording of the Year in 1976 for a recital of Norwegian Baroque Composers, the Lindeman Prize (“Performer of the Year”) 1984, the Grieg Prize in 1985 (Bergen) and 1992 (Oslo). He is a Knight of the St. Olav Order, appointed by the King of Norway for his activities for Norwegian music. From 1975 to 1981 Einar Steen-Nøkleberg was Professor of Piano at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Hanover, Germany, an appointment which made him Germany’s youngest professor.
Einar Steen-Nøkleberg’s international career has included multiple solo recitals in London, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Moscow, Mexico City, New York, Hamburg and Copenhagen. He toured the U.S.A. and the former Soviet Union several times. Concerto appearances include the London Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Copenhagen Royal Chapel, the China Philharmonic of Beijing, the Yumiori Philharmonic Orchestra and the NHK in Tokyo, and the Oslo and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestras in Norway.
His recording of the Grieg Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra was chosen by the BBC CD Review as the best all-time version of this much-recorded concerto. His monumental recording of all Grieg’s piano music, a 14 CD set for Naxos Records, received international acclaim, along with his H. Kjerulf piano works on Simax, and H. Saeverud piano works on Naxos.