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Salome Scheidegger



Salome was only eleven when she won 3. place in the renowned Concorsi Internazionali di Musica "Cittą di Stresa", Italy, where she stood out with her extraordinary sparkling, effervescent touch. Two years later her brilliant playing took the judges in France and Italy by storm, and she was awarded three first prizes. In 2001, at the age of only fourteen, she was awarded the 1. prize of the great Concours Musical de France. Salome was the 2. prize winner of the 7. Ludmila Knezkova-Hussey International Piano Competition in Bathurst, Canada.

Salome was born in 1987 in Japan to Swiss parents and now lives in Zurich, Switzerland. Her passion for music emerged already in her early childhood. At the age of three she began studying classical Japanese dance with the famous master Hanayagi Wasen. At the age of four she enchanted the audience at her first public performance in the Municipal Theater of Kobe, Japan.

When she was five years old, Salome began studying piano in Lugano, Switzerland. From 1993 on she studied with the internationally renowned concert pianist Patricia Pagny in Strasbourg, France. Today she is intensively accompanied by the Bulgarian pianist, composer, piano improviser and pedagogue Galina Vracheva. She has attended master courses, among them those conducted by Karl-Heinz Kaemmerling at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and Paul Badura-Skoda in Italy.

At the opening of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra's new concert hall, Salome, then fifteen, performed Haydn's piano concerto in D-major with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra conducted by Howard Griffiths. In January 2004 she debuted in the Tonhalle Zurich with the first piano concerto in g minor op. 25 by Felix Mendelssohn with the Zurich Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Schweizer. In February 2004, her first CD record was released. Further recordings were made by the Swiss radio DRS2. She is now in preparation of her second CD with works of Schubert, Grieg, Schumann and Chopin. Salome's piano works were broadcasted by radio DRS2, Bayern Klassik 4 and Energy Zurich. In July 2005 Salome was invited at the 20. Davos Festival "young artists in concert" in Switzerland. In Japan, she debuted in August 2005 with a recital at Nakanoshima Chuo Kaikodo, and opened the Mozart year 2006 with the Kansai Philharmonic conducted by Taijiro Imori at the Izumi Hall. For Youth & Classic Salome took part in a program featuring her classical music recital and a Rock music performance by the Swiss band elfish.

Salome receives scholarships from the LYRA Foundation for highly gifted young musicians as well as from the Fritz-Gerber-Foundation for gifted young people. She also received sponsorship by the foundations Georg and Bertha Schwyzer-Winiker and Ernst Goehner.









Salome Scheidegger nach ihrem Institutskonzert, 8. April 2006