Fredrik Ullén has a unique double career as an internationally renowned concert pianist and a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. As a pianist, he has performed as a soloist in festivals and concert venues in Europe, Canada, and the US, and has a highly successful long-term collaboration with the leading record label BIS Records. He is represented on more than 20 CDs, which have received outstanding critics and the highest accolades from the international press, including Diapason d’or, CHOC de Le Monde de la Musique, Stern des Monat (FonoForum), Recommendé (Repertoire), and Recomendado (CD Compact). Fredrik Ullén is a lifetime fellow of the Swedish Royal Academy of Music since 2007.
Fredrik Ullén plays many of the most complex and demanding works in the piano literature, including major works by composers such as Ligeti, Kurtág, Xenakis, Messiaen, Sorabji, Ferneyhough, Stockhausen, and George Flynn. He has a particular interest in creative programming with couplings of traditional romantic and classical literature with new music, and enjoys chamber music in various constellations.
In his research, Fredrik Ullén focuses on the neuropsychology of expertise and creativity, i.e. the various brain mechanisms that allow us to perform at a very high level within a specific field, using music as a model. Methodologically his team combines neuroimaging with experimental psychology and behavior genetic analyses. He enjoys combining popular scientific lectures – e.g. on the musical brain, flow and motivation, and creativity – with concert performances.
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