Francisca Skoogh, pianist och psykolog

English

Francisca Skoogh made her debut at the age of 13 with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and has since established herself as one of Sweden´s foremost concert pianists. She was the recipient of the prestigious ”Premier Prix” in both chamber music and piano at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris and the Soloist Diploma at The Royal Danish Music Conservatoire. Francisca has been awarded the soloist prize in Stockholm as well as second prize at the Michelangeli Competition in Italy.

Francisca´s recordings have received rave reviews and can be found on Spotify and Youtube.

Francisca Skoogh is a frequent guest at both national and international music festivals and as a soloist she appears regularly with several of the Swedish orchestras and she has co-operated with conductors such as Heinz Wallberg, Ruth Reinhardt, Susanna Mälkki, Gianandrea Noseda, Michail Jurowski and Pinchas Steinberg. During recent years she has had a close cooperation with conductor Leif Segerstam with concertos by Brahms, Beethoven and Rachmaninov. Francisca has performed together with several of Sweden’s foremost musicians and has premiered various works by contemporary composers. She has ongoing collaborations with composer Staffan Storm and Royal Court Singer Anna Larsson, alto, among others.

Francisca is a teacher and PhD student in artistic research at the Academy of Music in Malmö, Lund University. The research is focused on the pianist on stage; the traditions and ceremonies of classical performance, such as the piano recital, and how they affect her as a performer.

From 2008-2019 she also worked as a clinical psychologist in fields such as primary health care and pain rehabilitation. She has used psychological theory, her clinical experience as psychologist and her experience as a performing artist in courses and lectures such as ”The Performing Human Being”.

In 2018 she was elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

She is a piano teacher and PhD student in Artistic Research at Malmö Academy of Music.

The press:

”Her playing is big-boned, grandly sculptured, with taut rhythmic control and a rich sound.”

Tim Parry, Gramophone.

With Franciska Skoogh as soloist we were brought right into a flow that in the most humane way tears up what is hidden and exposes the locked-up emotions and hard-wired pain on its unstoppable urge to move ahead. Skoogh and the orchestra made this music noisy, trickle and sing in a remarkable way. And leading to the incredible progression of chords, in the last few bars that this evening truly sounded like the world’s most beautiful melody. The fact that the audience cried openly was not surprising. The triumph afterwards was deafening.

Martin Nyström, Dagens Nyheter

Francisca Skoogh tog tag i dessa subjektiva musikaliska visioner med poetisk finess och färgsprakande kraft: romantisk interpretation på högs­ta nivå, byggd på tradition men med en övertygande individuell autenticitet vid tangenterna.

Carl-Håkan Larsén, Sydvenska Dagbladet

Svenska

Francisca Skoogh debuterade vid 13 års ålder med Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester och har sedan dess etablerat sig som en av Sveriges främsta konsertpianister. Hon har erhållit det prestigefyllda ”Premier Prix” i både kammarmusik och piano vid Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris samt ”Solistdiplom” vid Det Kgl. Danske Musikkonservatorium. Under åren har Francisca deltagit framgångsrikt både i nationella och internationella tävlingar och har bl. a erhållit andra pris i Michelangelitävlingen samt är vinnare av Solistpriset.

Franciscas CD-inspelningar har fått mycket fina recensioner och många av dem återfinns på Spotify. Francisca är regelbundet engagerad till ett flertal nationella samt internationella musikfestivaler. Som solist har hon framträtt med de flesta svenska orkestrar samt orkestrar utomlands. Under åren har hon framträtt med ett flertal dirigenter såsom Heinz Wallberg, Michail Jurowski, Ruth Reinhardt, Susanna Mälkki och Gianandrea Noseda. De senaste åren har hon haft ett nära samarbete med dirigenten Leif Segerstam med pianokonserter av Beethoven, Brahms och Rachmaninov i fokus.

Francisca har genom åren musicerat med en rad av Sveriges främsta musiker och har uruppfört en rad nyskrivna verk. Sedan några år tillbaka ett fördjupat samarbete med tonsättaren Staffan Storm och hovsångerskan Anna Larsson.

Francisca är lärare och doktorand i konstnärlig forskning vid Musikhögskolan i Malmö, Lunds Universitet. Ämnet är pianisten på scenen och kommunikationen som sker i scenögonblicket.

2018 blev Francisca invald som ledamot i Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien.

2008 till 2019 arbetade hon deltid som psykolog inom områden som primärvård och smärtrehabilitering. Hon har använt psykologisk teori, sin kliniska erfarenhet som psykolog samt sin långa erfarenhet som artist i sina kurser och föreläsningar för musiker som går under namnet ”Den framträdande människan.”