Rikke Sandberg is one of the most prolific young musicians in Denmark. Since her debut from the Royal Danish Academy of music´s soloist class in 2002, she has received wide critical acclaim for her solo recitals and CD recordings. In 2005, she received the prestigious Andmeldingens Artist Award.
Rikke began to play the piano at the age of 8. She was accepted to the Royal Danish Academy of Music at the age of 16, studying with Anne Øland and Jose Ribera. Whilst there, she was awarded the higest distinction after winning several first prizes at the Steinway Festival and the gold medal at the Berlinske Music Competition. Following her studies in Copenhagen, Rikke went on to study at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, with Nina Svetlanova and Jacob Lateiner, Professor at the Julliard School. On her return to Denmark, Rikke was appointed Jose Ribera`s teaching assistant at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in 2006. She has been a jury member for the German ” Jugend Musiziert ” Competition and is often invited to give masterclasses throughout Denmark.
Rikke has made solo performances with, amongst others, The Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Tivoli Symphony Orchestra, Tivoli`s Promenade Orchestra, The Danish National Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Leipzig Philharmonia, the Luxembourg Philharmonia and the Band of the Royal Danish Lifeguards. She has worked with Dausgaard, Bellincampi, Cernat, Storgaards, Mei Ann Chen, De La Parra, Fischer, Mandeal and Porcelain.
Rikke has been awarded some of Denmark`s most prestigious awards, including Jacob Gade`s Grand Prize, Carl Nielsen`s Travel Scholarship, the Victor Schiøler Memorial Prize, Aenchenn and Eigil Harby`s ” Young Sonning Award ”, the Helge and Merete Finsen Award and scholarships from the Wilhelm Hansen Foundation, Augustinus Foundation and the Leonie Sonning Foundation. Her solo Brahms CD ( 2005 ) was awarded CD of the Year by the Danish Radio ” Amadeus ” program and she was pronounced Classical Musician of the Year by the newspaper Politiken.
She has performed throughout Scandinavia and widely in Europe as well as the United States, with concerts in The Alice Tully Hall, Concertgebouw and Musikhalle Hamburg. She has collaborated with the likes of Sabine Meyer, Nikolaj Znaider, Radek Barborak, Pillippe Berrod, Vincent Lucas and many other acclaimed Soloists and Concertmasters. She is Artistic Director of the Tisvilde and Langvad Music Festivals and has, aside from her two solo Cds ( with works by Brahms and Rachmaninov ) and the Anders Koppel Double Concerto for Piano and Saxophone with the Danish National Radio Orchestra, also recorded music for the film ” The Abyss ” with the Danish National Radio Chamber Orchestra, ” Rebus ” with the band Mad Cows Sing, ” Symbiosis ” with Tanja Zapolski and both Liszt 2nd Piano Concerto and Rachmaninov 2nd Piano Concerto with Luxembourg Philharmonia.
Rikke Sandberg is first and foremost an excellent pianist! Certainly also a great and dedicated teacher! Rikke has the utmost attention and passion throughout every lesson, and has an excellent approach to identifying problems, and gives you the tool(s) to eliminate them, both musically and technically. You will never wonder about what you should do after the lesson to progress in your playing. Musically, Rikke always has alot of ideas, and explains them very clearly, also in the sense of suggesting them vs another idea, in terms of the music & style! There is always place for a laugh in Rikke´s lessons :)!
Rikke´s teaching is very clear and dedicated. You will never leave a lesson with a sense of not knowing what you need to do and practice in order to progress in your playing. The atmosphere during lessons is a combination of humor and strong concentration. I would definitely recommend Rikke Sandberg if you seek guidance for passionate hard work, motivation and dedication to the piano and music.
I would certainly recommend Rikke as a piano teacher. She is first of all an accomplished pianist, and it is also expressed when she teaches, in the fway she demonstrates what she believes is a good phrasing, sound and technical must. She is also very passionate, and engages deeply into every student she has. Good humor is almost always guaranteed (unless you have not practiced enough), and she is very easy to talk and laugh with.