ABOUT KJELL BĘKKELUND
(written in 1959)
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Scandinavia's most outstanding young pianist, Kjell Bękkelund,
made his debut with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra at the age
of eight. Unusually enough after such an auspicious beginning,
Bękkelund did not become a child prodigy, but continued his
studies and procured an allaround musical education which has
contributed to the formation of his outstanding musical personal-
ity, versatility and assurance. His final years of study took place
at Stockholm, with Professor Boon, and at Vienna, with Profes-
In 1953 Bękkelund won first prize in the first Scandinavian
Musicians' Festival held at Trondheim; and in London the same
year, he was awarded the Harriet Cohen Medal as "the finest
pianist of the year".
Mr. Bękkelund's annual itinerary includes performances with
the major European orchestras in such cities as Berlin, Vienna,
Brussels, Salzburg, Amsterdam and Paris.
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