Music

Con Brio musikalbum Johan Åhlén

My musical passion began early. Long before beginning at school, I was sitting at the piano and teaching myself songs I heard. Then I started taking piano lessons at the age of 7 years and church organ lessong when I was around 12. At the age of 16 I graduated as a church organist (I might be the youngest ever to graduate as church organist in Sweden). Then I worked summers and weekends playing at weddings, funerals and services as well as giving concertos. I did a piano recording of Mozart’s piano sonata number 13 and also played Bach’s piano concerto number 1 at the 25-year anniversary of the local music school. Around year 1990 I also received the Gunnar Turesson award for my piano playing.

My music is available on Spotify, Google Play, Amazon.com, iTunes (limited selection) and other major music stores.

At the age of 18, I was accepted at the Academy of Music and Drama in Göteborg for my church organ playing. By their jury I was given 50 of 50 points for organ playing and 39.2 or 40 points for piano playing. During this time I was also studying Engineering Physics at Chalmers University of Technology. Combining both of these training was too much effort, so I had to select my career. I decided to complete my Master of Science in Engineering Physics and continue with music on my spare time. I continued with my music but didn’t play in public any longer.

Around 2007 I purchased Östen Warnerbring‘s grand piano. He was one of the most famous Swedish musicians in Sweden. I placed the grand piano in our summer house (we didn’t have space enough in our apartment) and it occupied half our living room there.

In 2015 I decided to record and publish my first album. I selected classical music pieces that I played early in my music career. Some of these pieces were among those that I played at my admission tests to the Academy of Music and Arts in Göteborg.

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Album: Con Brio (2015)

Frühlingsrauschen Op. 32 No. 3 (Rustle of spring) by Christian Sinding

Moonlight Sonata Op. 27 No. 2 (first movement, Adagio sostenuto) by Ludwig van Beethoven

Gymnopédie No. 1 by Erik Satie

Intåg i Sommarhagen (Frösöblomster III) by Wilhelm Peterson-Berger

Fantasie-Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor Op. 66 by Frédéric Chopin

Praeludium & Fuga No. 2 in C Minor BWV847 by Johann Sebastian Bach

Waltz in D-Flat Major, Op. 64, No 1 (Minute Waltz) by Fréderic Chopin

Arabesque No. 1 L. 66 No. 1 by Claude Debussy

Piano Sonata No. 13 in B-Flat Major (first movement, Allegro) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Prelude in C-Sharp Minor Op. 3 No. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Allegro Barbaro Sz. 49 BB. 63 by Béla Bartók

Etude Op. 10 No. 12 in C-Minor (Revolutionary) by Frédéric Chopin

Single: Chopin Etude Opus 25 No. 11 (2015) by Frédéric Chopin

Single: Wedding Day at Troldhaugen (2016) by Edvard Grieg

Single: Kinderszenen: Von fremden Ländern und Menschen (2016) by Robert Schumann

Single: Por Una Cabeza (2016) by Carlos Gardel and Alfredo La Pera