Heini Kärkkäinen Piano

Heini Kärkkäinen | Photo: Minna Hatinen

Heini Kärkkäinen studied piano at the Sibelius-Academy under Liisa Pohjola and continued her studies with Ralf Gothóni and Jacques Rouvier among others. She won the Ilmari Hannikainen Piano Competition in 1984…

Heini Kärkkäinen studied piano at the Sibelius-Academy under Liisa Pohjola and continued her studies with Ralf Gothóni and Jacques Rouvier among others. She won the Ilmari Hannikainen Piano Competition in 1984 and two years later she came second in the Maj Lind Piano Competition. In 1993 Kärkkäinen was nominated as the Young Artist of the Espoo International Piano Festival.

She has performed as soloist with orchestras e.g. Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiano and Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra. She has also played chamber music extensively in Europe and in the United States. Kärkkäinen has given first performances of many contemporary Finnish works. She was involved in a series of concerts with violinist Réka Szilvay, called the Beethoven Plus, that started in 2012. The main focus was Beethoven’s Sonatas for piano and violin. The next project will be the Sonatas of Brahms and Bartók for violin and piano. Kärkkäinen plays also regularly with the British cellist Robert Cohen.

Kärkkäinen has made several prizewinning recordings. For example, a recording including music for the violin, piano and orchestra by Saint-Saëns (Tapiola Sinfonietta/Kärkkäinen/Kantorow /BIS Classics) was the Disc of the Month in the British BBC Music Magazine in March 2007, and the prestigious Gramophone Magazine included the recording in its list of recommended recordings.

Heini Kärkkäinen is the Principal Lecturer in the Tampere University of Applied Sciences. She is also the Artistic director of the new chamber music festival Tampere Chamber Music, which combines concerts, lectures, clinic workshops and masterclasses: “music and wellbeing play together”. The first Tampere Chamber Music Festival was held in January 2017.

03/2018