Signe Bakke is associate professor of piano and accompaniment at the Grieg Academy where she has been employed since 1992. She studied with Jan Henrik Kayser at the Bergen Music Conservatory (now called the Grieg Academy, UIB) and gave her debut concert in Oslo in 1981. Two years later she was soloist with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra while continuing her studies with Jens Harald Bratlie at the Norwegian Academy of Music. She received her Diploma in 1986.


During her career, she has done a broad range of performances as a soloist, chamber musician, accompanist for singers, pianist in the contemporary music ensemble BIT-20 as well as in the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. She has been closely affiliated with Edvard Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, where she regularly has given concerts for many years and has recorded several CDs with works by Edvard Grieg. She has been engaged by the Bergen International Festival and has performed at the Oslo contemporary music festival “Ultima” and at many festivals abroad. Her collaborations with composers have resulted in first performances of works by Ketil Hvoslef, Morten Eide Pedersen, Rebecka Ahvenniemi and the Japanese composer Karen Tanaka. The recording “Crystalline”, with piano works by Karen Tanaka (2L, 2011) was chosen as “Selection of the month” by Asahi newspaper.

Signe Bakke has been collaborating with the soprano Liv Elise Nordskog for many years. In 2013 they released a critically acclaimed CD, “Pour Mi” (LAWO), with songs of Olivier Messiaen and of Claire Delbos, Messiaen’s first wife. The latter songs were a world premiere recording.

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