Cecilia Löfstrand was born in 1973 in Umea, Sweden.She started to play the piano at the age of 3.
She began to explore the instrument by herself, searching for melody and harmony before taking lessons.
She reached for the piano in every mood and by every thought, as it was her main source of communication and therapy. It was natural for her to make free improvisations of the moment that brought inner material alive, airy, flowing compositions of her own voice, that came and disappeared without being noted.
This natural freedom in music she’s kept within her all her life.
At the age of eight she made her first concerts and began to accompany singers and instrumentalists.13 years old she had the chance to be guided by two great teachers of two great piano schools: Pera Szmukler, pupil of Heinrich Neuhaus and Maria André-Frid, pupil of Arne Torger and the Leygraf-school.
They helped her, in two completely different and often opposing ways, to develop this complex research of technique and expression in all their dimensions.
She made her first recording for the Swedish National Radio with 12 years old and was in early age prizewinner in several international piano competitions in Scandinavia and the Nordic countries.
After her graduation she studied with Prof Einar Steen-Nökleberg at the Music Academy of Oslo and followed him to the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater” in Hannover in 1994., where she graduated in 1998.
Since 1999 Cecilia’s home is in Paris.
She lives a musical life as a soloist and a chamber musician.
She’s played in Sweden, Norway, Finland, France, England, Italy, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Canada and Japan.
Some concerts to be mentioned:
- Ravel’s Concerto G Major with Ural’s Symphony Orchestra and Palermo Symphony Orchestra
- Poulenc’s “Aubade” with Örebro’s Chamber Music Orchestra
- Schulhoff’s “Concerto for Flute and Piano” with Orchestra of Patras (Greece) and conductor Alexandros Myrat
- Mozart’s Concerto 21 with Jyväskylä Sinfonia and director Patrick Gallois
- Beethoven’s Concerto C Major with conductor Sir Neville Marriner.
She’s participated in several radio-and-television-recordings in France, Sweden and Canada.
- In January 2008 her first recording ” Sonatas for Flute and Piano” by Phillipe Gaubert with flutist Patrick Gallois was released on Naxos. The Cd was honored with the highest mark by the French critic magazine “Diapason”.
- 2010 she was invited as a “New Discovery” to the Piano Festival in Cannes, led by French pianist Gabriel Tacchino. In 2011 she opened the “Piano Concerto 1” by French composer Jaques Desbrière.
- In 2011 she opened the “Piano Concerto 1” by French composer Jaques Desbrière, specially written for her, with Sinfonia Jyväskylä.
- In 2012 she recorded the same Concerto together with solo pieces and chamber music by Jaques Desbrière, with Sinfonia Jyväskylä under chief conductor Patrick Gallois.
- She continues to play and record other pieces by Desbrière.
- Cecilia forms a duo with Swedish singer/songwriter/writer Camilla Ringquist, with whom she performs “The Story of Camille Claudel”, a musical theater piece, chamber music between Storyteller and Pianist.
- Cecilia also performs her own piano recitals with her own written texts.
Poetry, philosophy, Eastern and Asian spirituality and healing are natural sources she bases everything upon and expresses in everything, not only by music.
Cecilia has recently been honored to inaugurate the new Piano Concerto by Björn Hallman, composer and former chief conductor at the Royal Opera of Stockholm.