Hannu Kiiski studied at the Sibelius Academy under Erkki Rautio and Arto Noras, gaining his diploma in 1973. In the 1973-74 academic year he completed further studies at the University of Michigan under Professor Oliver Edel. Kiiski shared second prize in the 1975 and 1978 Turku Cello Competition, and was a semi-finalist at the 1978 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the 1979 Gaspar Cassado competition in Florence. He performed his début concert in 1981.

Hannu Kiiski has served as a soloist and chamber musician for various ensembles in Finland, Germany, Austria, the UK, Spain and the USA. He has also served as a member of the Trio Finnico and the Total Cello Ensemble, which he founded in 1994. He has performed regularly at Naantali Music Festival over the last two decades. His latest challenges include serving as Artistic Director of the KesäVirrat soi music festival.

The opening melodies of this concert will bring a feeling that summer has come! The opening Naantali Music Festival Opus 42 concert will express joy, lightness and masterly virtuosity. The special mood of Naantali is now here.

Our festival will conclude and culminate with a unique collection of works arranged for twelve cellos. Distinguished soprano Kaisa Ranta will join the twelve top cellists in this extraordinary concert. Could there be a more spectacular finale!

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