Emil Gryesten

Part time teacher, Piano
Emil Gryesten

Instructor in main subject piano, chamber music, and Piano Workshop.

Emil Gryesten Jensen (b. 1985) studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, and at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, with further studies at the Como International Piano Academy in Italy. Among his teachers are distinguished pianists such as Erik Tawaststjerna, Eero Heinonen, William Grant Naboré, Dmitri Bashkirov, Fou Ts’ong, and Niklas Sivelöv. 

Emil Gryesten has received awards at a number of Danish and international competitions for young pianists. As a 15-year-old, he won first prize at the Steinway Competition in Hamburg and a gold medal at Berlingske Tidende’s Classical Music Competition in Copenhagen. In 2010, he won both the first prize and the Audience Prize at the Nordic Pianist Competition at Nyborg Castle. During his time as a student at the Sibelius Academy, he also won first prize at Finland’s National Piano Competition in Jyväskylä in 2010, and he also received the first prize at the Blüthner Pianist Competition in Malmö in 2006. 

Emil played his first solo recital as a 15-year-old and has since then had an active concert career both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. He made his debut as a soloist with orchestra as a 16-year-old, with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2018 he made his Carnegie Hall debut in New York.

Emil 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, Liszt, and premiere recordings of works by Søren Nils Eichberg.