Program 2017

The Finnish Piano Concerto


Tapiola Hall, Espoo Cultural Centre
7 pm

The opening concert of the 2017 PianoEspoo Festival features a cavalcade of Finnish piano concertos. Recent works from Lauri Kilpiö and Jaakko Kuusisto, representing two different contemporary traditions, are heard alongside Aarre Merikanto’s optimistic Third Concerto from the 1950s. The Tapiola Sinfonietta conducted by Jaakko Kuusisto performs with three accomplished soloists: Joonas Ahonen, Sonja Fräki, and Aura Go.

Robert Levin plays Mozart


Espoo Catherdal
8 pm

A world-renowned fortepianist famous for his improvisations, Robert Levin has mapped the landscape of Viennese Classicism throughout his career. His All Saints’ Day performance includes some of Mozart’s most beloved sonatas as well as works left unfinished by Mozart and completed by Mr. Levin.

The Youth Piano Academy


Helsinki Music Centre, Main Foyer
4 pm

PianoEspoo welcomes the Youth Piano Academy, which gathers young artists from around the country to be coached by notable pedagogues and performers. This meeting will be led by the esteemed fortepianist Robert Levin.

ACO and Pierre-Laurent Aimard


Helsinki Music Centre
6 pm

Fresh approaches to Viennese Classical works have opened the doors of the world’s most important concert halls to the Australian Chamber Orchestra. The ensemble brings along the French keyboard master Pierre-Laurent Aimard for its Finnish debut. He returns to PianoEspoo as the featured soloist in a Mozart concerto. The program begins with unique renderings of selected movements from Bach’s epic Art of the Fugue and concludes with a mind-blowing performance of Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge.

The Tapiola Youth Piano Competition


Louhi Hall, Espoo Cultural Centre
Lunchtime Recitals


Tapiola Hall Foyer, Espoo Cultural Centre
13.15 pm

Many of Espoo’s young pianists are already experts on the instrument. These lunchtime recitals offer inspiring encounters with some of tomorrow’s great pianists.

Ultra-chromaticism at the House of Nobility


House of Nobility
6 pm

The chamber orchestra Avanti! offers two world-premieres, a recorder concerto by Jukka Tiensuu featuring Eero Saunamäki as soloist, and a concerto by Sampo Haapamäki for quartertone piano. The soloist Elisa Järvi has worked for several years with the composer to develop an innovative new keyboard instrument to accommodate Haapamäki’s expanding sonic vistas.

An ACO Special featuring Olli Mustonen


Tapiola Hall, Espoo Cultural Centre
7 pm

Famous for innovative music making, the celebrated Finnish pianist Olli Mustonen has frequently worked with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. For their first joint performance in Finland they bring Shostakovich’s career-launching First Piano Concerto, where trumpeter Visa Haarala takes on the other solo part. In addition, the concert features a unique orchestral arrangement of Prokofiev’s Visions Fugitives piano cycle, and works composed by Mustonen.

Classics at the House of Nobility


House of Nobility
7 pm

For her PianoEspoo debut, Danae Dörken performs Chopin’s dramatic Third Piano Sonata. PianoEspoo’s artistic director Paavali Jumppanen joins wind players of the Tapiola Sinfonietta: Anni Haapaniemi, Jaakko Luoma, Harri Mäki, and Tero Toivonen in a performance of the Mozart’s joyful Quintet. The program also includes Schubert’s Fantasia in f minor and Mr. Jumppanen’s rendering of Beethoven’s fabled Moonlight Sonata.

The Maj Lind First Prize


Tapiola Hall, Espoo Cultural Centre
7 pm

Mackenzie Melemed, the winner of the International Maj Lind Piano Competition 2017 will perform a solo recital at Tapiola Hall.

The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Risto-Matti Marin


Helsinki Music Centre
7 pm

The premiere performance of a concerto commissioned by PianoEspoo from Matthew Whittall written for the composer’s trusted virtuoso, Risto-Matti Marin, highlights a program under conductor Olari Elts. The evening concludes with the Symphonic Dancesby Rachmaninoff. After the orchestral concert on the Late Night Chamber Music Series, Mr. Marin will perform solo works by Whittall.

The Louhi Club – Mixtape


Louhi Hall, Espoo Cultural Centre
7.30 pm

Mixtape builds a bridge between pop and avant-garde. The American pianist Andrew Russo commissioned a series of “tracks” from a group of composers based of the pop-hits of their youth. The result is an enthralling mélange fusing acoustic and electronic sounds. To open the program, Emil Holmström performs a Japanese-inspired work, the meditative sonic journey Shadow of Bells, by Hans Tutschku.



Finnish National Opera, Main Foyer
12 pm

The youth of Espoo’s music institutes celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence. The program features Finnish music of different eras; prizewinners of the Tapiola Youth Piano Competition; master classes; piano-composition workshops and much more. Come experience the energy and talent of these young pianists.

Lukáš Vondráček at the National Opera


Finnish National Opera
17 pm

The 2017 PianoEspoo Festival concludes with a solo recital by the young virtuoso pianist Lukáš Vondráček. The winner of the 2016 Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition brings to life the intoxicating delights of Schumann’s Carnaval and, as a souvenir of the pianist’s native land, offers a selection of Czech music.

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