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Born in Copenhagen on the 7th of July 1958, Michala Petri began playing the recorder at the age of three and was first heard on Danish Radio when she was five. Her debut as concerto soloist took place at the Tivoli Concert Hall in 1969, the year in which she began her studies with Professor Ferdinand Conrad at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover. Since then she has toured extensively throughout Europe, North America, Israel, Australia and the Far East, performing with musicians such as Pinchas Zukerman, James Galway, Joshua Bell, Maurice André, Keith Jarrett, Gidon Kremer and Claudio Abbado and as soloist with many of the world’s major chamber and symphony orchestras.

Michala Petri has received the highest praise for her astonishing virtuosity in a repertoire ranging from the early baroque to contemporary works, many of them written especially for her. For many years she has enjoyed working with guitarists including Göran Söllsher, Kazuhito Yamashita and Manuel Barrueco. In 1992 she formed a duo with Danish guitarist and lute player Lars Hannibal, with whom she tours all over the world.

Michala Petri was an exclusive recording artist for Philips from 1979 to 1987 and until 2005 for BMG/RCA Red Seal. In 1997 she received the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis for her exciting collaboration with Vladimir Spivakov and the Moscow Virtuosi performing Vivaldi’s Flute Concertos. In 2002 she was awarded a second Deutscher Schallplattenpreis for her album Kreisler Inspirations with Lars Hannibal. Other recordings include Scandinavian popular music with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, works by Grieg and contemporary concertos written for her, both with the English Chamber Orchestra; two albums of Bach and Handel Sonatas with Keith Jarrett; and several albums of Baroque Concertos with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Her recent recordings include the amazing 2005 recording of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons", and Saint-Saêns' "Rondo Capriccioso" (EMI) with Thomas Dausgaard and Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the critically acclaimed Los Angeles Street Concerto: Michala Petri plays Thomas Koppel (Dacapo).

Michala Petri and Lars Hannibal have launched their own label, OUR Recordings and have released Siesta, inspired by Latin American and Mediterranean music, Spirits, featuring Chen Yue on Xiao - the first release in the on-going East Meets West project; Movements, featuring the recorded premieres of three of newly composed concertos (nominated for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards), and most recently Mozart’s Flute Quartets, where she is joined by Carolin Widmann, violin, Ula Ulijona, viola and Marta Sudraba, violoncello.

In 1995 the Queen of Denmark honored Michala with The Order of the Knight of Dannebrog. In 1997 she was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize and in 1998 received the Wilhelm Hansen Music Prize as well as the H.C. Lumbye Prize for her achievement in bringing classical music to a wider audience. In 2000 Michala Petri received the highly prestigious Sonning Music Prize, previously awarded among others to Stravinsky, Bernstein, Britten, Shostakovich, Menuhin and Miles Davis.

For more information please visit www.michalapetri.com

Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
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Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
AMARGOS: Northern Concerto / BORTZ: Pipes and Bells / STUCKY: Etudes OUR Recordings
Concertos, Orchestral
ANDERSEN, H.C.: Sneglen og Rosenhaekken / Nattergalen / Sommerfulgen / Det utroligste / Svinedrengen / Det er ganske vist (Laeser) OUR Recordings
BORUP-JØRGENSEN, A.: Percussion Universe of Axel Borup-Jørgensen (The) (G. Mortensen, Frederiksen, Petri) OUR Recordings
Chamber Music
BORUP-JØRGENSEN, A.: Recorder Music (Petri, Selin) OUR Recordings
Chamber Music, Instrumental
Chamber Music (19th Century) - GIULIANI, M. / CARULLI, F. / KUFFNER, J. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / KRAHMER, E. (Cafe Vienna) (Petri, Hannibal) OUR Recordings
Chamber Music
Chamber Music for Xiao and Recorder (Dialogue: East Meets West) (Chen Yue, Michala Petri) OUR Recordings
Chamber Music
CORELLI, A.: Violin Sonatas, Op. 5, Nos. 7-12 (arr. for recorder and harpsichord) (Petri, Esfahani) OUR Recordings
Chamber Music
DROMTE MIG EN DROM - Danske Sange OUR Recordings
Choral - Secular
KOPPEL, A.: Concerto for Recorder, Saxophone and Orchestra / Triple Concerto for Mezzo Saxophone, Cello and Harp (Hye-Knudsen, Koppel, Petri, Rehling) Dacapo
KOPPEL, Thomas: Los Angeles Street Concerto / Moonchild's Dream / Nele's Dances Dacapo
Concertos, Chamber Music
MIKKELBORG, P.: Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart (Petri, H. Davies, South Jutland Symphony, H.V. Christensen) OUR Recordings
MOZART, W.A.: Flute Quartets Nos. 1-4 (Petri) OUR Recordings
Chamber Music
PETRI, Michala / HANNIBAL, Lars: Siesta OUR Recordings
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
PETRI, Michala: 50th Birthday Concert with Kremerata Baltica - ALBINONI, T. / CHEN, Yi / MOZART, W.A. / ROTA, N. / VASSILIEV, A. / VIVALDI, A. OUR Recordings
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
PRAULINS, U.: Nightingale (The) / BORTZ, D.: Nemesis divina / RASMUSSEN, S.: I / BRUUN, P.: 2 Scenes with Skylar (Layton) OUR Recordings
Choral - Secular
Recorder Concertos - KOPPEL, T. / GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN, P. / RASMUSSEN, S. (Danish and Faroese Recorder Concertos) (Petri, Christensen) OUR Recordings
Recorder Concertos (English) - HARVEY, R. / ARNOLD, M. / JACOB, G. (Petri, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Thorel) OUR Recordings
Recorder Concertos: Petri, Michala - TANG, Jianping / SHENG, Bright / MA, Shui-Long / CHEN, Yi (Chinese Recorder Concertos) OUR Recordings
Orchestral, Concertos
Recorder Recital: Petri, Michala - JACOB, G. / ARNOLD, M. / BRITTEN, B. / KIDANE, D. / HOLMBOE, V. / CHRISTIANSEN, H. (UK | DK) OUR Recordings
Chamber Music, Instrumental
Recorder Recital: Petri, Michala - SØRENSEN, B. / GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN, P. / RASMUSSEN, S. / CHRISTENSEN, M. / CLAUSEN, T. (Nordic Sound) OUR Recordings
Orchestral, Concertos
TELEMANN, G.P.: Recorder Sonatas (Complete) (Petri, Newman) OUR Recordings
Chamber Music

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