Wensleydale Concert Series

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Leif Kaner-Lidström, pianist

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Leif was born and raised in London, beginning studying the piano at the age of 7 with professor Graeme Humphrey of the Royal Academy of Music. From 2008 he studied percussion at the Centre for Young Musicians (CYM) on a full Music and Dance Scholarship, and in 2011 transferred as pianist to the Royal College of Music Junior Department. He was a finalist in CYM’s Louis Watt competition in 2011, and in 2012 the winner of the same competition for which he received a scholarship for a musical project of his choice.

Leif took his A levels at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College where he received a scholarship from the Haberdashers’ Guild to further his musical development. Leif began playing recitals in various venues across London with the organisational help and expertise of John Skinner OBE, including Southwark Cathedral, St. Catherine’s Church, RCM Recital hall, and a recital in RCM’s Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall for the world premier of a work by composer Graham Fitkin.

He began his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2013 under Professor Dina Parakhina where he was a finalist in the 2015 Concerto Competition. After the earthquakes in Nepal, Leif was commissioned to write a piece of music for Cello and Piano which he performed with cellist Abel Selaocoe on the 31st May 2015 in a charity concert in aid of the victims of the earthquakes. In the Autumn term of 2015 he organised a concert of original chamber compositions by himself and his fellow students where the works were premiered by the composers themselves.

Following the success of the aforementioned concerts, Leif was commissioned to write a Fanfare for Brass Quintet to open the 2016 RNCM SU Student Gala Concert in support of the charity DMWS.

In June Leif is scheduled to perform a live semi-improvised score to the Charles Chaplin film: Easy Street (1917) at the RNCM, followed by a concert tour of the UK and Sweden with his father, cellist Mats Lidstrom.