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Julia Dahlkvist

Julia Dahlkvist

Julia Dahlkvist (earlier Mustonen) is a brilliant young pianist who is fast gaining a reputation as one of the most exciting pianists in Scandinavia.

Julia Dahlkvist has won prizes at many international competitions in addition to which, she is the winner of the 2004 Nordic International Piano Competition in which she was awarded a Bluethner Grand Piano. From 2006-2008 she performed the Complete Piano Repertoire of Claude Debussy on tours throughout Nordic countries. She has been a member of the Piano Faculty of Karlstad University, Ingesund College of Music since 2011.

Julia is a concert pianist with diverse background. Born in a Finnish-Russian family in Sibiria, she started to play the piano at the age of three under the guidance of her mother, Lidia Mustonen. She studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin, Royal Academy in Dublin as well as Stockholm College of Music and Danish Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen. She studied under such well respected names as Erik T. Tawaststjerna, Vitali Berzon, John O'Conor, Alicia de Larrocha, Staffan Scheja and Niklas Sivelöv.

Julia began performing regular concerts at a very early age and has since performed extensively in Russia (Siberian region), central Europe and Scandinavia. She has also performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras and appeared in various music festivals, charity concerts, TV and Radio. In 2001 she performed the Russian Debut of Einar Englund´s Piano Concerto no. 1 with Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Orchestra. Between 2006 and 2008, she performed the Complete works by Claude Debussy several times in Finland, Sweden and Denmark. In April 2009 she made her Debut in Stockholm playing Rachmaninov's 1st Piano concerto together with Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Julia has received many awards, including those from the Kordelini Foundation (2002 and 2006), Jenny & Antti Wihuri Foundation (2001 and 2003) and Culture Foundation (2005 and 2010) as well as the Finnish Performing Music Promotion Centre (2006). Awards she has been giving in Sweden include those from the Swedish Music Academy, Anders Wall Foundation and the Freemasons Loge in Stockholm. Most recently she was awarded by the Léonie Sonnings musikfond in Denmark.