Nordic Country represented: Sweden

Institution: The Royal Academy of Music Stockolm / Edsberg Manor

Name of present teacher: Mats Widlund

John Nalan

Round 1

Bach - Prelude & Fugue No. 3 in C sharp major BWV 848 WTC1
Haydn - Sonata No. 53 in E minor Hob XVI:34 1st movement
Liszt - Transcendental Étude No. 4 "Mazeppa"
Rachmaninov - Études tableaux Op. 33 No. 2

Round 2

Ginastera - Danzas Argentinas Op. 2
Liszt - Sonata in B minor

Round 3

Mozart Piano Concerto No 20 in D minor K 466

Competition Repertoire​

Accepted without preselection by qualification to 2nd round  in Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona, WFIMC. 


John Nalan (born 1994) comes from Lund and started playing the piano when he was five. In 2007, he won as a twelve-year-old, gold medal in the Danish  Newspaper Berlingske Tidendes Classical Music Competition for all instruments, and in 2008 he was elected as a ”Young Salomon Musician” by Salomon Smith’s Chamber Music Association and got to play a winners concert in Swedish National Radio P2. In 2008 and 2010 he won Steinway Piano Competition in Stockholm in two different age categories. In 2010, he also won Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition in New York and has since then performed twice in Carnegie Hall in New York as a first prize winner.

In 2011, John received the prestigious Anders Wall scholarship ”Giresta” and was invited to play during the Anders Wall lecture in Uppsala with HKH Crown Princess Victoria in the hall. In 2013 John graduated from Katedralskolan high school majoring in Natural Science. In 2016 John won the fifth Stockholm International Music Competition and also received the Stockholm Borgerskaps Scholarship "Borgargåvan". The same year he was nominated by Steinway & Sons to be a "Young Steinway Artist". 

In 2017 John played Liszt Totentanz together with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in conjunction with the "De unges konsert", where he also won the Kavli Foundation’s audience prize. Same year he performed Tchaikovsky Piano Concert No. 1 with KMH Symphony orchestra led by Daniel Blendulf. John Nalan is now studying his 1st year of masters with Professor Mats Widlund KMH, Edsberg Castle.

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