Jenni Lappalainen


Jenni Lappalainen studied in Copenhagen (The Royal Danish Academy of Music) and Paris (Conservatoire National de Région de Boulogne, Premier prix with highest marks). She graduated with two master’s degrees, in piano and in chamber music, from The Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Her teachers were Hortense Cartier-Bresson, Alexandar Madzar and Boyan Vodenitcharov, among others. In Brussels she also studied fortepiano with Piet Kuijken.

Jenni Lappalainen performs as a soloist, chamber musician and lied pianist in Finland and other European countries. She has participated in Aino Ackté Chamber Music Festival and designed and carried out performances combining music, poetry and drama in the Runokuu event of the Helsinki Festival.

She also records for the Finnish national broadcasting company, YLE. Her repertoire includes many classical and romantic composers, and French music occupies a central place in her programmes.

In recent years she has formed a duo with the Hungarian top violinist Antal Zalai and she performs regularly as a duo with pianist Eero Heinonen.

Jenni Lappalainen has worked as a piano pedagogue in many Finnish educational establishments in music, at the moment in Kauniainen near Helsinki. She is the founder of the music festival Avauksia in Lahti, where she worked as an artistic director and where she also performed regularly.

Jenni Lappalainen writes actively on music and her writings have been printed in several publications.