Balder Neergaard

Pianist | Academic

BIOGRAPHY

Balder Neergaard is a versatile pianist and academic, whose artistry and scholarship has brought him to performances at venues across Scandinavia and the UK.

As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed at venues including The South Bank Centre, The Victoria & Albert and National Galleries, and St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, as well as Tivoli Concert Hall and the Danish Radio Concert House in Copenhagen, and as a scholar he has given papers and lecture-recitals at the universities of York, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, and Aveiro, Portugal. In 2013, his contribution to Interpreting Historical Keyboard Music: Sources and Contexts and Performance (‘In the Footsteps of Jean Paul: Sonority and Pedalling in Papillons, op. 2’) was published by Routledge.

Following studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen with Tove Lønskov between 2000 and 2004, Balder was trained at the Royal College of Music in London under the tutelage of Yonty Solomon and Kevin Kenner, receiving his BMus(Hons) in 2006, MMus in Advanced Performance (distinction) in 2008 and PhD in historical musicology in 2018 (Schumann as Aspiring Pianist: Technique, Sonority and Composition) supervised by Dr Natasha Loges.

In addition to his further studies with Paolo Giacometti and Eugen Injic on the modern piano, and Dr Geoffrey Govier on the fortepiano, he has participated in numerous masterclasses with renowned pianists and fortepianists including Pnina Salzman, Jeremy Menuhin, Malcolm Bilson, Gary Cooper and Andreas Staier.

Balder Neergaard is also a devoted piano pedagogue and a sought-after accompanist, working in the Danish government funded talent development programme in the Zealand Region. He is currently a board member of European Piano Teachers Association Denmark.

Throughout the years, Balder Neergaard has been most generously supported by a number of trusts and foundations, most notably the Leverhulme Trust, Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik Foundation, the Prince Joachim and Princess Alexandra Foundation, Augustinus Fonden, Bank of Denmark Jubilee Trust, Hanna Lunds Musiklegat, Oticon Foundation and the Beckett Foundation.

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Balder Neergaard

Balder Neergaard (piano)

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Agata Adamczyk