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Laura Mikkola

Laura Mikkola

Laura Mikkola, who lives in Paris, studied at the Sibelius Academy, the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and the University of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. Her teachers have been Murray Perahia, Menahem Pressler, Gary Graffman, Dmitri Baskirov, Tapani Valsta and Ferenc Rados. By the age of 20, Mikkola had won the Maurice Ravel (France 1988), Maj Lind (Finland 1993) and Unisa Transnet (South Africa 1994) piano competitions. Mikkola also took second prize and the audience award in the prestigious Queen Elizabeth International Piano Competition in Brussels in 1995. That same year she received the Young Artist Finland Award.

Mikkola regularly appears as soloist with orchestra and gives recitals on the world's most celebrated concert platforms, collaborating with numerous top conductors. She regularly gives concerts in the Nordic countries and the rest of Europe, as well as Japan, China, the USA and North Africa. Her repertoire includes 62 piano concertos and she has recorded the complete works of Einojuhani Rautavaara for solo piano. She is also a well-known and highly respected chamber musician. Mikkola has released three discs featuring the pianist-conductor Philippe Entremont, the latest of which was recorded at the Iitti Musical Festival (in Finland) in 2008, and it came out in spring 2010. The disc received praise in the UK (Gramophone magazine), the United States and France. Another recording appeared this spring, in which Mikkola plays Erkki-Sven Tüür's piano concerto with Paavo Järvi and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. Laura Mikkola has been Artistic Director of the Iitti Music Festival since 2003.

Programme

7. Kuhmo Arts Centre 17.15

Jean Sibelius (1865—1957):

Oriental Procession, Op. 51/1 from Belshazzar's Feast (1907: arr. for piano)

Sun
15.7.

7. Kuhmo Arts Centre 17.15

Jean Sibelius (1865—1957):

Solitude, Op. 51/2 from Belshazzar's Feast (1907; arr. for voice and piano)

Sun
15.7.

7. Kuhmo Arts Centre 17.15

Jean Sibelius (1865—1957):

Nocturne, Op. 51/3 from Belshazzar's Feast (1907; arr. for violin and piano)

Sun
15.7.

7. Kuhmo Arts Centre 17.15

Jean Sibelius (1865—1957):

Khandra's Dance, Op. 51/4 from Belshazzar's Feast (1907; arr. for piano)

Sun
15.7.

11. Kuhmo Arts Centre 16.15

Franz Schubert (1797—1828):

Erlkönig, Op. 1 (1815)

Mon
16.7.

14. Kuhmo Church 11.00

Johannes Brahms (1833—1897):

Souvenir de la Russie, Anh. IV/6, six fantasies for piano four hands (by 1852; publ. under pseudonym G. W. Marks)

Tue
17.7.

17. Kuhmo Arts Centre 18.00

Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928—2016):

Cantus Arcticus, Op. 61 (1972; arr. for birds and piano by Peter Lönnqvist)

Tue
17.7.

33. Kuhmo Arts Centre 20.15

Igor Stravinsky (1882—1971):

Ragtime for piano (1917-18)

Fri
20.7.

53. Kontio School 21.15

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770—1827):

Piano Trio in E flat, Op. 1/1 (1794-95)

Tue
24.7.

58. Kuhmo Arts Centre 21.00

John Williams (1932):

Three Pieces from the movie Schindler's List for violin and piano (1993)

Wed
25.7.

62. Kontio School 18.15

Wenzel Müller (1767—1835):

Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu from Die Schwestern von Prag (1794)

Thu
26.7.

63. Kuhmo Arts Centre 20.15

Marius Constant (1925—1981):

The Tragedy of Carmen (1981, after G. Bizet)

Thu
26.7.

67. Kuhmo Arts Centre 18.15

Johannes Brahms (1833—1897):

Theme and Variations in D minor, Op. 18b for piano (1860)

Fri
27.7.

68. Kontio School 21.15

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770—1827):

Andante favori in F, WoO 57 for piano (1803)

Fri
27.7.