Swedish cellist Jakob Koranyi has firmly established himself on the classical music scene as one of Europe’s most interesting young soloists. Acclaimed for his commanding virtuosity, delicate sound and passion for diverse and innovative programmes, he has toured Europe extensively, performing in recital as well as a soloist in Vienna, Cologne, Hamburg, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Stockholm and Luxembourg to name a few. Koranyi is a staunch advocate for all matters concerning the negative effects of climate change, which has led him to make the decision to avoid all fossil fuelled journeys, and to instead travel to his engagements using solely trains, electric car and bicycle. His views on sustainability have been highly regarded by orchestras, who support and respect his efforts to reduce his carbon footprint.  

Koranyi has an extensive repertoire and whist he keeps up the traditional cello works, he has also performed premieres of Julia Wolfe’s new concerto at the Amsterdam Cello Biennale,  Schnelzer’s ‘Crazy Diamond’ Concerto and Andrea Tarrodi’s ‘Highland Concerto’, which she dedicated to Koranyi, and who he will be working with again on another newly composed cello concerto.

Recent highlights saw Koranyi perform the Dvorak concerto with The Halle in Manchester, return to Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra to showcase Andrea Tarrodi’s Cello Concerto and to Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Conertante conducted by Jonathon Heyward.  He also toured Brussels with the Flanders Symphony performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto no.  

A keen chamber musician has seen Koranyi perform Bach’s Cello Suites nos. 1 and 5 at the Helsingborgs Konserthus in association with Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, his return to a number of festivals including the Kammermusikkforening Festival Alta in Norway, the Festival Piano Biennale in The Netherlands, the Delft Chamber Music Festival and the Rovigo Cello City Festival. 

Koranyi collaborates with distinguished musicians such as Elisabeth Leonskaja, Liza Ferschtman,  Yura Lee, Simon Crawford-Phillips and Juho Pohjonen and has appeared in chamber music concerts alongside such international stars as Vilde Frang, Yuri Bashmet, Kirill Troussov, Kim Kashkashian, Leonidas Kavakos, Misha Maisky, Daniel Hope, Martin Fröst, Lawrence Power, Julian Rachlin and Denis Kozukhin. Each season Koranyi enjoys multiple festival appearances, which have included the Cleveland Chamber Festival, Kempten Festival at Dijon, Verbier Festival, Schloss Elmau, the Amsterdam Cello Biennale, Zutphen Cello Festival, Delft Chamber Music Festival, Peamarsh Chamber Music Festival, Danish String Quartet Festival, concerts at the International Chamber Music Festival in Stavanger, Martin Fröst’s Vinterfest and the Båstad and Gotland Chamber Music festivals. He is also a regular performer with the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center in New York.

Orchestral highlights have included performances with the Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Weimar Staatskapelle, Arctic Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia Gateshead, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Uppsala Chamber Orchestra, Filharmonia Veneta, Gothenburg, Malmö, Helsingborg and Norrköping Symphony Orchestras, working with conductors such as Lionel Bringuier, Susanna Mälkki, Marc Soustrot, Joana Carneiro, Okku Kamu, Eiji Oue, Michael Francis, Krzysztof Urbański, Yordan Kamdzhalov, Stefan Solyom, Thomas Söndergaard, Jaime Martin, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Christian Lindberg. 

Koranyi was a Rising Star of the European Concert Hall Organization was also awarded the Norwegian Soloist Prize. An earlier recipient of numerous awards from international festivals and foundations such as Le Prix d’Honneur and Ferminich Prize from the Verbier Festival, in 2009 Koranyi received the 2nd Grand Prix at the Rostropovich Competition in Paris.

While still a student, Koranyi won first prizes in national music competitions in Sweden, most notably the prestigious Soloist Prize awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. Part of the award was the recording and release of his critically acclaimed recital CD “Jakob Koranyi, cello” featuring works by Britten, Ligeti and Brahms. On the strength of this recording he was labelled “a force to be reckoned with” by The Strad Magazine. Koranyi plays on a Joseph Gratiani cello built 1756 in Genoa.

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