Pianist Erik Kaltoft turns 80 years

Erik Kaltoft is one of Denmark's most important pianists, with a special fondness for contemporary Danish music. On 7 August he turns 80, which will be celebrated with four celebratory concerts in Aarhus, Odense and Copenhagen.

With close to 250 world premiere performancess of new Danish works and nearly 50 CD releases, Erik Kaltoft is not only one of Denmark's most important pianists, but also a figure who has made an invaluable contribution to Danish musical life.

On Monday 7 August, Erik Kaltoft turns 80 years old. This will be celebrated with four concerts, where Kaltoft himself has put together a concert programme consisting of works by composers who have a special meaning for him, including Li-Ying Wu, Gunnar Berg and Poul Schierbeck. In addition to Kaltoft himself, soprano Signe Asmussen, violinist Signe Madsen and musicians from Århus Sinfonietta, conducted by Søren K. Hansen, will be performing at the concerts.

The celebratory concerts will be held on Sunday 3 September in Musikhuset Aarhus, on Saturday 9 September in Odeon, Odense and on Sunday 10 September in Musikhuset København.

Erik Kaltoft is a highly active pianist with a wide-ranging musical profile as both a solist, chamber musician and accompanist. As a member of chamber ensembles like The Elsinore Players and LINensemble, he has toured the world. Kaltoft has been particularly active in the musical life of Aarhus through many years of collaboration with the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Opera and Århus Sinfonietta, for which he held the position as artistic director for 15 years. Furthermore, Erik Kaltoft has been a professor at the Danish National Academy of Music in Odense.