BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van

Sonata for cello and piano in G minor op 5 no. 2

20-April-2012 Camerata Hall Sibelius Academy

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Kukkonen, Anton

Kukkonen, Anton

Anton Kukkonen (born 1982) started his cello studies at Kirkkonummi Music Institute with Mariann Herzegh. From 1992 to 1997, he studied with Csaba Szilvay at the East Helsinki Music Institute. In 1997, Kukkonen continued his studies at the Sibelius Academy’s Junior Academy and transferred to the master-level program in 2000. At the Sibelius Academy, Kukkonen studied with professors Martti Rousi and Risto Poutanen, the solo cellist at the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He also studied at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem with Zvi Plesser and Shmuel Magen. He has taken master classes from Seppo Laamanen, Frans Helmersson, Erkki Rautio and Anssi Karttunen. Kukkonen has performed in a duo with his brother, pianist Jonas Kukkonen, and as a soloist with the Helsinki Strings in more than ten European countries. Duo Kukkonen played in the final round of the Kuhmo International Duo Competition in 1998. In Finland, Anton Kukkonen has performed at the Helsinki, Turku and Naantali music festivals. In spring 2009 he represented the Sibelius Academy at the contemporary music symposium in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2010, Kukkonen performed Tchaikovsky's 'Variations on a Rococo Theme' as a soloist with the Pori Sinfonietta. In spring 2010, Kukkonen received his cello diploma from the Sibelius Academy with the highest grades and became Master of Music. Currently, he plays with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and performs frequently as a chamber musician.

Jämsä, Pauli

Jämsä, Pauli

Pauli Jämsä (born 1988) is a student in Professor Avedis Kouyoumdjian's class at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He studied previously at the Sibelius Academy with Antti Siirala and Teppo Koivisto. Jämsä has taken master classes with, among others, Lisa Smimova, Michael Lipp, Jan Jiracek von Amim and Eero Heinonen. In chamber music, his teachers have included Firmian Lermeer, Jan Söderblom and Marko Ylönen. Besides Finland, Jämsä has performed in Estonia, Austria and Russia. In addition, he has played in radio concerts in Austria and Finland. Jämsä has succeeded in competitions such as in the Shostakovich International String Quartet Competition in St. Petersburg and the ISA Festival, where he received the Chopin prize. Jämsä is also interested in composing and has studied it at the Sibelius Academy. He has performed as a soloist for the Pyynikki Symphony and received the Ylöjärvi City Culture Award. The Pirkanmaa Regional Culture Fund has supported his career with significant grants.






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