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Biography

Anna Buchenhorst is a full-time professional pianist at the Royal Opera in Stockholm and tours internationally with the Royal Swedish Ballet.

Her work in the orchestra has included the great classics as well as lesser known ballet works by Stravinsky, Schnittke and harpsichord parts by Händel and Bach.

She has worked together with leading European choreographers and ballet teachers of our time, among them Mats Ek, as well as playing for celebrities such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, John Neumeier and Dame Beryl Grey.

Anna has performed together with Stockholm's Royal Court Orchestra as a soloist in various piano concertos choreographed for the ballet, for example Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto, Poulenc's Double Concerto, Martinů's Concerto for Two Orchestras, Piano and Timpani, and the virtuoso piece Grand Tarantella by American composer L.M. Gottschalk.

She has worked with conductors such as Daniel Harding – in Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.3 together with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra – Gary Berkson, David Björkman and Josep Caballé Domenech.

She has also performed Haydn's Piano Concerto in D-major, playing and conducting from the keyboard, at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg,

Her vast experience in the dance field has broadened her musical spectra also as a soloist and ensemble player. A dedicated chamber musician, Anna regularly performs together with colleagues of the Royal Court Orchestra as part of the Royal Opera's lunch concert series.

As a chamber music pupil of Professors András Mihály, Balázs Szunyogh and János Devich (a founding member of the renowned Kodály Quartet), she has worked together with soloists of the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester, singers like Erland Hagegård – and even the comedian Victor Borge!.

Education

Anna grew up in the North of Sweden where she started playing the piano. She often played – and still does  – four-hands with her brother Per Rundberg, who is an international concert pianist now living in Salzburg.

She graduated as a Master of Fine Arts, under Professor Stella Tjajkovski, at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg.

In the early nineties she received a scholarship from the Swedish Institute enabling her to become a full-time student of the Liszt Academy in Budapest. With Professor Márta Gulyás as her piano teacher, she refined her virtuosic technique and musical insights.

In Budapest she gave regular concerts with programs ranging from Bach to Bartók. After receiving another scholarship, she continued her training in London, where she studied with Peter Feuchtwanger.

She has also attended several master classes with Professors Hans Leygraf, Staffan Scheja, Klaus Hellwig and Amalie Malling, among others.

In 2001 Anna studied classical piano improvisation at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.