Berg Berg 1985 - 1987
Hans Liberg was born in Onsala, Sweden into an old aristocratic lineage, on his paternal grandmothers side. The family amassed its fortune by catching and selling domestic mackerel.
At the tender age of six, he surprised those around him with his piano skills and literary strength. August Strindberg took the boy under his wing and taught him the nine times tables. Through Strindberg, he came into contact with famous contemporaries such as Gustaf Sørensen, Ǻcke Gustafson, Kjel Kierkegaard, Leo Stein, Rudolf Steiner, Thérese Steinmetz, August Renoir and many others. He received free piano lessons from Carl Nillsen in exchange for some farmed fish. Everything pointed to a flourishing career in music. Happily his parents were against it which made everything much easier.
At twelve years old, he was admitted to the Uppsala academy of music where he came into contact with global culture or la culture mondiale - which made him take to his bed for six weeks.
He studied the piano under Nadia Boulanger, an outstanding cellist who had, however, never played a note on the piano. It was a scheduling error.
Two days later he studied the piano under Carl-Bengt Anderson, the brother of the famous fairy tale author and a student of Franz Liszts gardener.
Liberg won the Prix de Rome and left for Florence to become familiar with how to prepare Bertoluzzi pastas. He also held recitals, but nobody minded much.
His work is characterised by a late romantic touch, especially when he tinkles the ivories, and a casual, rectal approach to the keyboard.