Emil Gryesten

Aesthetics of Classical Piano Performance

Emil Gryesten is Assistant Professor of piano at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, where he has been a faculty member since 2017.

Gryesten is a graduate of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and the Como International Piano Academy in Italy. He has received awards at a number of competitions for young pianists, including the First Prize at the Hamburg Steinway Competition, the Nordic Piano Competition in Nyborg, the Blüthner Pianist Competition in Malmö, Sweden, at the Finnish National Piano Competition in Jyväskylä. He made his New York debut at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in 2018.

Gryesten has made numerous recording productions, both studio recordings and live concerts, for the national radio stations of Denmark and Finland, as well as for the record labels Danacord, Classico and Dacapo. His discography includes solo piano works by Schubert and Liszt, and premiere recordings of works by Søren Nils Eichberg.

From 2020 to 2023 Gryesten is working on a major artistic research project, funded by the Danish Ministery of Culture, titled ‘Beethoven Reconstructed’, in collaboration with RDAM professor of music theory Thomas Solak. The project focuses on Beethoven’s last five piano sonatas and the application of Schenkerian analysis in interpretation and performance.