Jonas Olsson



The Swedish pianist Jonas Olsson has established himself as one of the most adventurous pianists on the Scandinavian new-music scene today. Having initially studied with Hans Pålsson in Gothenburg, he made his debut with the

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in 2007.

He then spent a year at the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt, followed by two years with Pierre-Laurent Aimard in Cologne, where he specialised in contemporary solo repertoire. Another important influence came from working intensely with Pierre Boulez as a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy between 2006 and 2009, where his solo repertoire included Boulez’s Sur Incises and Répons and Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles. Dividing his time between Sweden and Germany, Jonas Olsson has a busy concert schedule, appearing at major venues which include the Lucerne Festival, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Aldeburgh Festival, Carnegie Hall and the NY Phil Biennial. Highlights include the complete Boulez sonatas at the Klang Festival in Copenhagen in 2015 and a Rebecca Saunders portrait concert at the Aldeburgh Festival in 2016.

His repertoire comprises a large selection of works from the most significant late- twentieth-century composers such as Berio, Boulez, Carter, Ferneyhough, Lachenmann, Ligeti, Messiaen, Nono, Sciarrino, Stockhausen and Xenakis. Equally important is his commitment to a younger generation of composers, with whom he closely collaborates on exploring new playing techniques. He is a member of the Gothenburg-based contemporary-music ensembles Mimitabu and Gageego! and is regularly invited to play with other ensembles throughout Europe.