Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
The composer who made the world aware of the Nordic sound
Edvard Grieg was born in Bergen on 15 June, 1843. He received his first piano lessons by his Gesine, born Hagerup, who was reputed to the best and most expensive piano teacher in Bergen. When he was only fifteen, Edvard Grieg was sent off to Leipzig to study at the Conservatory of Music. After completing his studies in Leipzig, he settled down in Copenhagen, where he married his cousin Nina Hagerup. After ten years in Christiania (Oslo), he returned to Bergen, where he and his wife Nina built their home, Troldhaugen (1885). Here they spent most summers, often spending the rest of the year in Christiania and Copenhagen, or on countless concert tours on the continent.
Edvard Grieg belongs to a small group of artists reaping public acclaim during their life time. Already at the age of 25, he composed his first masterpiece, the Piano Concerto in A minor.
Furthermore, the music to Peer Gynt was soon a standard part of the orchestral repertoire. The works that were, however, to unleash the immense enthusiasm and admiration from the public in general were his Lyric Pieces for piano, - ten albums with miniature pearls of music.