12th ICP: Fredrik Ullén


Fredrik Ullén is professor of cognitive neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, whose Nobel Assembly awards the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. His research focuses on neurobiological mechanisms of expertise, learning, and creativity, with special emphasis on musical expertise and musicianship. A major current effort is to analyse various questions related to the biology of music from a neurogenetic perspective, in collaboration with the Swedish Twin Registry.

Ullén is also an internationally well-known pianist, whose repertoire includes many of the most complex and demanding works in the piano literature, such as Ligeti’s complete piano études, Reger’s Spezialstudien and Sorabji’s Études transcendantes, but who is also interested in creative programming with couplings of new and traditional literature. His solo CDs have been enthusiastically praised by internationally renowned critics and have received a number of prestigious awards. Ullén is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

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