B i o g r a p h y
Swedish pianist Patrick Jovell was born in Helsingborg in 1960. Trained by Professor Dagny Norling in Gothenburg, he made his debut at the age of 17 with Mozart's C major concerto KV 467. He later continued his studies and took his Master's degree at Malmö Academy of Music under Professor Hans Pålsson. With scholarships from the University of Lund, the Crafoord Foundation, the Ax:son Johnson Foundation and others, Jovell continued his post-graduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and privately with American pianist Garrick Ohlsson in San Francisco and New York.
Jovell's interest in the piano music of A. N. Scriabin led to degrees in musicology and performance, including doctoral studies at the University of Gothenburg and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales - IRCAM in Paris with support from the French government, the Wallenberg Foundation and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. This not only resulted in CDs and video recordings but also offered access to rare autograph materials generously provided by the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris and the Glinka Museum in Moscow. Patrick Jovell's lectures, seminars and Master classes are enjoyed internationally.
Jovell has been heard in recitals, chamber music and with orchestras in more than 15 countries throughout Europe, the USA and Asia. Jovell's piano videos and short films have been distributed to more than ten countries and have been heard at film festivals and music exhibitions worldwide such as Szolnok Film Festival (Hungary), MIDEM (France), POPKOMM (Germany), MUSICORA (France) and AVEUREKA (Turkey). The short film Klavierstück 1949 was nominated by the Swedish Film Institute for competition at the international film festival in Venice in 2001.
During 2002-2003 Jovell was the top downloaded classical pianist in Japan (LISTEN-Japan). The 2004 short film "Russian Preludes" by Nguyen Fasck Brown was followed by another 30-minute production, "Scarlatti Sonatas", shot on location in Italy, Spain and France during 2005 and participated at the Berlin Filmfestival.
Jovell has had the great pleasure of co-operating with outstanding Swedish musicians such as Christian Davidsson, Per Enoksson, Jan Hammar, Håkan Hardenberger, Bengt Ola Morgny, Progetto Avanti and Mats Rondin. Jovell's collaboration with composers has resulted in piano works by Carl Faia, Henry Gammelgård, Kent Olofsson, a piano concerto by Aloisia Lasko and most recently the work "Triathlon" by Michel Mare. He has functioned as lector and guest docent at the conservatories of Göteborg, Sweden and Tilburg, the Netherlands and students of Jovell´s are prize winners in national and international piano competitions.
Patrick Jovell was President of European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) - Sweden 2016-2020 and is named Honorary Member. He is also a former board member of The Swedish Music Council (UNESCO/IMC). Since 2009 Mr. Jovell enjoys an artist affiliation with ALESSI S.P.A.