Pétur Sakari Organ

Pétur Sakari | Photo: Gianni Mosella

Pétur Sakari (b.1992) is a Finnish concert organist from Helsinki. He tours actively on international venues and festivals. Sakari started his musical career by playing the cello as a three-year-old…

Pétur Sakari (b.1992) is a Finnish concert organist from Helsinki. He tours actively on international venues and festivals. Sakari started his musical career by playing the cello as a three-year-old boy. The interest in organ sparked at the same time and he started his organ studies in the turn of the millenium. He studied in Finland under Tuomas Karjalainen and Kalevi Kiviniemi. In 2009 he was invited to study the organ and improvisation in Paris under Thierry Escaich and Vincent Warnier. During his studies in France he has also been tutored and mentored by Daniel Roth. Beside organ, he has studied the cello and folk music at the Sibelius Academy. Pétur has a keen interest in organ pedagogy.

Pétur played his debut recital in 2005. He has been chosen as the Young Artist of the Year at all international organ festivals in Finland (Turku Organ, Lahti Organ, Pori Organ, Turku Cathedral). He has performed with various Finnish symphony orchestras, including the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Tampere Philharmonic. He has worked with leading opera singers such as Soile Isokoski, Jorma Hynninen and Ville Rusanen. Pétur has also combined symphonic organ music to poetry and modern dance with choreographer Jorma Uotinen.

Invited by Olivier Latry, Pétur gave his debut concert at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in 2017. In 2018 Pétur played his debut recital at the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St. Petersburg. He has received several international prizes of his solo recordings, e.g. 5 de Diapason, Klassik Heute 10 and Recordings of the year in Helsingin Sanomat and The Finnish Broadcasting Company. Being currently a BIS Artist, Pétur has also recorded for Sony and Fuga labels. Pétur is now working on the Complete Organ Works by César Franck and Louis Vierne to be recorded with various great symphonic organs in France.