Born i Copenhagen on 7th July 1958, Ms 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 i 1969, the year in which she began her studies with proffesor Ferdinand Conrad at the "Hochschule für Musik und Theater" in Hannover. Since then the Danish artist has toured extensively throughout Europa, North America, Israel, Australia and the Far East, and she has appeared at many of the worlds most prestigious festivals.
She has performed with musicians such as Heinz Holliger, Pinchas Zukerman, James Galway, Salvatore Accardo, Maurice Andrè, Keith Jarrett, Christopher Hogwood and Claudio Abbado, and appeared as soloist with many of the worlds major Chamber Orchestras 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 Michala Petri has had an interest in working with the combination recorder/guitar and she has toured with guitarists like Göran Söllsher and KazuhitoYamashita.With Manuel Barrueco a USA tour is planned for the spring 2002. In 1992 Ms Petri formed a duo with her husband danish guitarist and lute player Lars Hannibal, with whom she has toured in Europe, USA and Japan. Future plans include a.m.o. tours in Europa, Japan, USA and Australia.
Ms Petri has been an exclusive recording artist for BMG/RCA Red Seal since1987. In 1998 she released a new album with `Berliner Barock Solisten´, and in 1999 an album with Scandinavian popular music with London Philharmonic Orchestra. Her next release, in spring 2001, will be an album with Lars Hannibal, inspired by Fritz Kreisler and featuring romatic music for recorder and guitar.
Other recordings include a Grieg album with the `English Chamber Orchestra`, two albums of music for recorder and lute/guitar with Lars Hannibal and an album of contemporary works written for Ms Petri with the `English Chamber Orchestra`.
For her exciting collaboration with Vladimir Spivakov and the `Moscow Virtuosi` performing Vivaldi flute concertos, she got the German award "Deutscher Schallplattenpreis" 1997. The same year she was nominated to the most prestigious Nordic Council Music Prize. In 1995 the Queen of Denmark awarded her the Order Knight of Dannebrog, and in 1998 she received the Wilhelm Hansen Music Prize as well as the H.C. Lumbye Prize for her achievement in bringing classic music to a wide audience.
In June 2000 Michala Petri recieved the most prestigious Sonning Music Prize.
D i s c o g r a p h y Michala Petri
Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburgische Konzerte 1, 2 & 3. Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner (PHILIPS 400 076-2)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburgische Konzerte 4, 5 & 6. Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Nevill Marriner (PHILIPS 400 077-2)
Bach, Händel, Telemann: Blockflötensonaten. Michala Petri/George Malcolm (PHILIPS 416 369-2)
The Virtuoso Recorder: Michala Petri-Trio (RCA RD 877 49)
The Modern Recorder: Michala Petri-Trio (RCA RD 7946-2 RC)
Georg Friedrich Händel: Trio-Sonaten. Michala Petri/Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (PHILIPS 412 595-2)
Georg Friedrich Händel: Recorder Sonatas. Michala Petri/ Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (PHILIPS 412 602-2)
Händel, Babell, Baston, Jacob: Recorder Concertos. Michala Petri/Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (PHILIPS 411 056-2)
Noel!Noel!Noel!: Christmas with Michala Petri (RCA VICTOR RL 60060)
Michala Petri spielt Michala Petri-Trio (PHILIPS 420-897-2)
Georg Philipp, Telemann: Recorder Concertos. Michala Petri, Bennett, Thunemann/Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (PHILIPS 410 041-2)
Telemann, Heberle: 2 concerts, 2 trios, duet. Michala Petri, Pinchas Zukerman/St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (PHILIPS 420 243-2)
Antonio Vivaldi: Recorder Concertos. Michala Petri, I Solisti Veneti (RCA RD 87 885)
Antonio Vivaldi: Recorder Concertos op. 10. Michala Petri/Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (PHILIPS 412 874-2)
Antonio Vivaldi: The four Seasons. Michala Petri, Georg Malcolm, Guildhall String Ensemble (RCA RED SEAL RL 86656 AO)
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti da Camera. Michala Petri, Heinz Holliger, Felix Ayo (PHILIPS 411 356-2)
Vivaldi, Sammartini, Händel, Telemann: Recorder Concertos. Michala Petri/Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (PHILIPS 400 075-2)
Vivaldi, Telemann, Marcello, Naudot: Recorder Concertos. Michala Petri/Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (PHILIPS 412 630-2)
Vivaldi, Corelli, Marcello: Recorder Sonatas. Michala Petri, George Malcolm (PHILIPS 412 632-2)
Georg Philipp Telemann: 6 sonatas for 2 recorders. Michala Petri, Elisabeth Selin (RCA RD 87903)
Tomaso Albinoni: Concertos. Michala Petri, I Solisti Veneti (RCA RD 60207)
Georg Friedrich Händel: Recorder Sonatas. Michala Petri, Keith Jarret (RCA RD 60441)
PEACE ON EARTH, Christmas Music. Michala Petri, James Galway, Nathalia Stutzman (RCA 09026-61367-2)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Recorder Sonatas. Michala Petri, Keith Jerrett (RCA 09026-61274-2)
Edvard Grieg: Holberg-Suite, Melodies and Dances. Michala Petri, English Chamber Orchestra, Okko Kamu (RCA 09026-61881-2)
"Souvenir": Telemann, Thomas Koppel, Vivaldi a.o. Michala Petri, Lars Hannibal (RCA 09026-62530-2)
"Moonchild`s Dream": Thomas Koppel, Holmboe, Kulesha a.o. Michala Petri, English Chamber Orchestra, Okko Kamu (RCA 09026-62543-2)
Vivaldi, Sammartini: Recorder Concertos. Michala Petri, Moscow Virtuosi, Vladimir Spivakov (RCA 09026-68543-2)
"Air": Bach, Tartini, Scheindienst, Nielsen, Satie, Grieg a.o. Michala Petri, Lars Hannibal (RCA 09026-68769-2)
Bach/Telemann: Suite in B Minor, Brandenburg No. 2, Telemann suite in A Minor a.o. Michala Petri, Berliner Barock Solisten, Rainer Kussmaul (RCA 74321-57130-2)