Instructor in Piano, PhD Candidate in Artistic Research in Music
Francisca Skoogh made her debut at the age of 13 with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and has since established herself as one of Sweden´s foremost concert pianists. She was the recipient of the prestigious ”Premier Prix” in both chamber music and piano at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris and the Soloist Diploma at The Royal Danish Music Conservatoire. She has studied with Hans Pålsson, Bohumila Jedlickova, Pascal Devoyon and Dominique Merlet amongst others. Francisca has been awarded the soloist prize in Stockholm as well as second prize at the Michelangeli Competition in Italy. Francisca´s recordings have received rave reviews and can be found on Spotify and Youtube.
Francisca Skoogh is a frequent guest at both national and international music festivals and as a soloist she appears regularly with several of the Swedish orchestras and she has co-operated with conductors such as Heinz Wallberg, Ruth Reinhardt, Susanna Mälkki, Gianandrea Noseda, Michail Jurowski and Pinchas Steinberg. During recent years she has had a close cooperation with conductor Leif Segerstam with concertos by Brahms, Beethoven and Rachmaninov. Francisca has performed together with several of Sweden’s foremost musicians and has premiered various works by contemporary composers. She has ongoing collaborations with composer Staffan Storm and Royal Court Singer Anna Larsson, alto, among others.
Francisca is a teacher and PhD student in artistic research at the Academy of Music in Malmö, Lund University. The research is focused on the pianist on stage; the traditions and ceremonies of classical performance, such as the piano recital, and how they affect her as a performer.
From 2008-2019 she also worked as a clinical psychologist in fields such as primary health care and pain rehabilitation. She has used psychological theory, her clinical experience as psychologist and her experience as an artist in courses and lectures such as ”The Performing Human Being”.
In 2018 she was elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.
Her playing is big-boned, grandly sculptured, with taut rhythmic control and a rich sound.
Tim Parry, Gramophone
A pianist worth watching!
Jed Distler, Classical Music.
PhD Project presentation
The aim of this PhD project was to develop a new approach to classical concert performances and to investigate emotional regulation connected to performing. This included experimentation with the concert format, to commission new pieces, collaboration with composers and to study if and how, as a consequence, a change in emotional regulation would occur. Apart from my personal, artistic outcome, methods and results could have a strong bearing on education of pianists and musicians in western classical music.
The following research questions has been central:
● What artistic methods can be used to challenge the performance traditions and conventions in classical concert tradition?
● How can introspection be used in the analysis of emotional regulation in musical performance?
Displaying of publications. Sorted by year, then title.
(2021) Doctoral Studies and Research in Fine and Performing Arts, 26
- Performance values - an artistic research perspective on music performance anxiety in classical musicFrancisca Skoogh, Henrik Frisk
(2019) Jased, 3
Conference paper: abstract
- Towards a virtuous circle - Third Cycle artistic research in the conservatoire as creative dialogue, critical reflection and discipline developmentKarin Johansson, Sara Wilén, Francisca Skoogh, Peter Spissky
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