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Lucia Negro was born in Italy and studied at the Naples Conservatory and the Accademia S:ta Cecilia in Rome for, among others, Carlo Zecchi and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. She attained her diploma with top grades in piano playing, composition and conducting. In the 1960s she took part in several international competitions, winning (among others) the Munich sight-reading competition in 1966, on which occasion Frank Martin dedicated his Étude de lecture, specially composed for this event, to her. In Bologna 1963 she won the 100.000th pianoforte by Petrof as a price at the competition “Concorso Petrof”.

In 1968 she married the violinist, Gunnar Palm, and moved to Sweden where she continued her career as a concert pianist. She has performed in the UK, Portugal, Russia, Italy and Hungary. She has played piano concertos by, among others, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Martinu and Rosenberg with orchestras such as the Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Göteborg Symphony Orchestra and Stockholm’s Sinfonietta. Her broad repertoire for solo piano includes a long list of Swedish works by, for example, Kraus, Norman, V. Aulin, Stenhammar (the complete solo and chamber music works for the piano), Rosenberg, Blomdahl, Lidholm and Linde. Lucia Negro has frequently performed at concerts and in radio and gramophone productions together with other instrumentalists. These have included the violinists Josef Suk, Jaap Schröder and Arve Tellefsen as well as a great many of the top Swedish instrumentalists.

In 1994 she was elected as a member of the Royal Academy of Music. In 2011 Lucia Negro was honoured the Royal medal “Litteris et Artibus”.