Paavali Jumppanen is happy to throw himself into performing larger sets of works. He has collaborated with great conductors including David Robertson, Sakari Oramo, Susanna Mälkki, Osmo Vänskä, and Jaap van Zweden. Jumppanen, who loves the avant-garde, has collaborated with many composers of our time. Collaboration with Pierre Boulez,William Duckworth, Henri Dutilleux, Perttu Haapanen and Lauri Kilipiö has opened up for him a versatile perspective on the ever-changing nature of music.

Jumpanen attended the Sibelius Academy and continued his studies in Switzerland where he worked with Krystian Zimerman for three years. At the Basel Music Academy in Switzerland he studied piano, fortepiano, organ and clavichord – Jumpanen performs actively also as an organist.

Jumpanen spent the 2011–12 season as a visiting scholar in Harvard University’s Music Department studying musicology and theory to deepen his immersion in Viennese 18th century music. He has performed cycles of the complete Beethoven and Mozart piano sonatas in numerous concerts in Finland and USA. As the first Finnish pianist, Jumppanen has recorded Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas.

In addition to his international soloist career, Jumppanen is a popular teacher who has worked, e.g. as the visiting professor in Sibelius Academy. In the years 2015–21 he was the artistic director of the international PianoEspoo festival and in the years 2021–23 he is the artistic director of the Australian National Academy in Melbourne for a three-year period.

In addition to many record awards, Paavali Jumppanen has received a recognition award from the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation for his work for the benefit of Finnish cultural life.

Schubertiade

11.6.

In the concert Schubertiade we’ll hear the most beloved works of Franz Schubert performed by soprano Helena Juntunen and pianists Barry Douglas and Paavali Jumppanen.

All the darkness in the world is not enough to extinguish the light of a single candle, and without shadows there would be no light. Sebastian Fagerlund’s dramatic Transient Light and Ralf Gothóni’s melodrama, based on a Zen Buddhist story, bring us face to face with age-old questions. Paavali Jumppanen performs Franz Liszt’s most iconic piano work, the Piano Sonata in B minor, which reaches from darkness to light.

“These notes of mine kiss all of you. They call for you passionately,” wrote Leoš Janáček to his young beloved in the cover letter of his string quartet. Richard Wagner’s haunting Tristan and Isolde also deals with lust and longing for one’s beloved. American composer Amy Beach’s piano quintet, full of late Romantic passion, has become a favourite with audiences and critics alike in recent years.

Hardly any element of nature resounds in music as clearly as the sea: its waves, its peace, its endlessness – and its unstoppable power. The soft swells and treacherous undertows of the traditional In Honorem Maris concert is provided by the music of Debussy, Fagerlund and Ravel.

In Naantali, the annual cycle does not follow familiar paths. Uneven rhythms and fiery pace take over Sebastian Fagerlund’s Octet and Astor Piazzolla’s Winter, while Vernon Duke takes a Broadway bathed in light to a Paris in spring. Experimental music master George Crumb’s haunting Music for a Summer Evening resonates with every listener.

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