Mikael Kemppainen studied piano at the Sibelius Academy, initially under Minna Pöllänen and subsequently under Liisa Pohjola. Kemppainen furthered his studies at numerous master classes in Finland and abroad, and has also studied chamber music extensively at the Sibelius Academy under Ralf Gothóni, and lied piano under Ilmo Ranta and Hartmut Höll.

Kemppainen has appeared at numerous festivals, including Naantali Music Festival, Helsinki Festival, Turku Music Festival, PianoEspoo, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, and the Young Prizewinners concert series of the European Piano Forum in Berlin. He has also made radio recordings for the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation YLE.

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.

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