Splendid musicianship is the hallmark of this unique festival, with international artists performing in a wide range of concerts. Professional musicians, students and hobbyists are all welcome to enrol on our courses, and the opportunity to follow the preliminary and final rounds of an international soloist competition should not be missed. Lieksa is a small town in North Karelia close to the Eastern border of the European Union, with enchanting natural landscapes and a wealth of leisure time opportunities accompanying the festival. This is the largest art music event of any kind in the region, and also the largest brass music festival in the Nordic countries.
Our unique urban festival will grace the splendid concert venues of the city and archipelago with music for a wide range of tastes, including major orchestral concerts, chamber music, opera, recitals, jazz, world music and concerts for the whole family. Performers will include leading names in Finnish and international classical music, invited to interpret a programme carefully compiled by internationally acclaimed conductor and cellist Klaus Mäkelä.
Held in the south-easternmost corner of Finland, this festival transports its audiences on a tour of villages, varying landscapes and diverse moods with a programme of the finest chamber music from various eras and master classes for young musicians. Some special events such as meetings with artists and impromptu performances in public spaces will also be open to all comers.
This biennial international celebration brings a contingent of international stars, including leading figures in Finnish piano art and promising young pianists, to the concert halls of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. The 30th anniversary programme of PianoEspoo Festival in 2021 will be carefully designed by our Artistic Director, the celebrated pianist Paavali Jumppanen.
This unique series of late evening concerts complements the mediaeval stonewalled ambience of Espoo Cathedral with a versatile, high standard programme throughout the summer. The Artistic Director of Organ Night and Aria is the distinguished pianist Erkki Korhonen. Our 2021 festival will be crowned with a performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio Opera at Espoo Cultural Centre in August.