Agathe Ursula Backer Grøndahl a Norwegian pianist and composer.
Born; 1 December 1847 in Holmestrand, county of Telemark Norway.
Died; 4 June 1907 at her home in Ormøya, outside Christiania, at the age of 59.
After study in Berlin she debuted in 1868with Edvard Grieg, then 26 years old, as conductor of the Philharmonic Society. Later the same year she played at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, becoming a pupil of Franz Liszt in Weimar in 1873. In 1875 she married the celebrated singing teacher Herr Grondahl of Christiania, and during the second half of the 1870s she built up an outstanding pianist career with a series of concerts in the Nordic countries, also playing with very great success in London and Paris.
She was proclaimed one of the century's greatest piano artists by George Bernard Shaw, who also remarked on the sensitiveness, symmetry and artistic economy of her compositions. Around 1889 she began suffering from nerve problems, although she eventually resumed her artistic career as a pianist. Later in the 1890s she became almost completely deaf. She gave her last concerts in Sweden and Finland in the autumn of 1901. Then she retired to teaching.
Agathe Backer Grøndahl played a major role in the period often called the golden age of Norwegian music history. She composed in total some 400 pieces spanning seventy opus numbers. She was a prominent character on the Norwegian musical scene and a close friend of Edvard Grieg.
She is a sort of mix of Chopin, Chaminade and, of course, Grieg (her almost exact contemporary).
There are many recordings of her music on Youtube eg;