Pianist Ari Helander (b. 1959) received his Master of Music degree at the Sibelius Academy. He works as a lecturer of piano music in the Music Institute of Northern Kymi in Kouvola.
For several years, Helander has given lectures that combine story, music and picture. He is particularly interested in the private lives of composers and musicians, and in the way they have been influenced by the political and social situation of their time. Helander has had also many exhibitions with photographs and collages.