2019 PianoEspoo Festival is soon here. Encounter upcoming talents and seasoned masters of the keyboard and experience excellent orchestras and dazzling singers. A biennial festival must surprise and this year’s program features several new elements. In cooperation with the Finnish National Opera, a new forum for Lieder will be introduced. Together with the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, the Tapiola Chamber Choir, and the University of the Arts Helsinki, we will offer a re-creation of a grand Beethoven concert, the legendary Akademie – 1808, for the first time in Finland. Also the Tapiola Youth Piano Competition receives a new element, as new category for the piano playing youth from all over the world will be introduced. As a familiar facet we present a program joining the latest trends and beloved classics of the piano repertoire. Now it is time to welcome our performers and get ready for a fete!
Paavali Jumppanen, artistic director
PianoEspoo Festival invites young pianists to take part in the Tapiola Youth Piano Competition, organized this year for the third time. As before, the competition is open fo candidates who study piano at a music institution in Finland’s Capital Region. As a new element, a competition category open for pianists between 11–15 years of age from everywhere in the world will be introduced. The competition takes place in Espoo’s Sello Hall and in Louhi Hall at Espoo Culture Center during the PianoEspoo Festival.