15:30 – The Festival Kick-off
The students of the International Master Classes and the Youth Piano Academy perform.Concert programme
18:30 – The Opening Concert
Sonja Fräki, known as the protagonist of Kalevi Aho’s piano music, plays the world première of Aho’s 2nd Piano Sonata. She combines the contemporary with beloved works of Beethoven and Brahms.
Sonja Fräki, piano
Aho (première), Beethoven, BrahmsConcert programme
18.00–18.15 Artistic Director Niklas Pokki presents the concert in the Kivijärvi Hall at Serlachius Museum Gösta (in Finnish).
18:30 – To the Distant Beloved
Jeremy Denk, one of the most celebrated musicians of his generation, performs in Mänttä for the first time! Denk is known as a dazzling virtuoso and profound musical thinker. He has appeared on all the major stages throughout the world. In 2013 he was awarded with the prestigious MacArthur Genius Fellowship.
Jeremy Denk, piano
Adams, Beethoven, Bizet, Mendelssohn, SchumannConcert programme
18.00-18.15 Artistic Director Niklas Pokki presents the concert in the Kivijärvi Hall at Serlachius Museum Gösta (in Finnish)
10.00-13.00 – Jeremy Denk’s Master Class
Jeremy Denk gives a master class at the Kivijärvi-hall.Concert programme
15:00 – Lecture Concert: Kesäillan valssi – Oskar Merikannon pianomusiikkia sanoin ja sävelin (in Finnish)
Folke Gräsbeck’s concert lecture is a kick-off to the 150th birthday celebrations of the famous Finnish composer Oskar Merikanto. The lecture will be held in Finnish.
Folke Gräsbeck, lecturerConcert programme
17:00 – On Fire!
The winner of 4th International Maj Lind Piano Competition charmed the audience and the jury with his charismatic personality. The 23-year-old hyper-virtuoso also loves the Finnish language, and has studied it for three years at the Columbia University.
Mackenzie Melemed, piano
Schumann, RachmaninoffConcert programme
Artistic Director Niklas Pokki presents the concert in the Kivijärvi Hall at Serlachius Museum Gösta (in Finnish) at 16.30–16.45
12:00 – The Feast of the Strings!
Award-winning, internationally acclaimed Kamus String Quartet performs in Mänttä for the first time. The emotionally strong and dramatic repertoire culminates with Schubert’s tragic string quartet “Death and the Maiden”.
Fagerlund, Mozart, SchubertConcert programme
15:00 – The Gates are open!
One of the most interesting young Finnish pianists, the only European Finalist in the prestigious Maj Lind Piano Competition 2018 Hannu Alasaarela, plays his debut in Mänttä. His colourful and exciting program consists of “The garden of Death” by the Finnish composer, Leevi Madetoja, Dichotomia by Esa-Pekka Salonen, and 3rd Piano Sonata by Chopin.
Hannu Alasaarela, piano
Madetoja, Salonen, ChopinConcert programme
18:30 – Mänttä Music Festival 20 years! – Musical Gala Dinner
Sound and taste conjugate a special relationship, and now they are presented together. The Artistic Director, Niklas Pokki, has chosen musical repertoire to accentuate the festival dinner menu by the star chef Henry Tikkanen. The musical gala dinner is produced in co-operation with Restaurant Gösta.Concert programme
15:00 – Oskar Merikanto 150 years today!
The concert celebrates the 150th birthday of one of the most beloved and performed Finnish composers, Oskar Merikanto. The composer knew the venue, the church of Vilppula, extremely well, since his summer house was nearby. Merikanto even helped to choose the church’s organ. The colourful repertoire consists of Merikanto’s solo piano works and songs.
Johanna Rusanen, soprano
Folke Gräsbeck, piano
In co-operation with the Vilppula Society.Concert programme
18:30 – Grand Finale – Gustaf Serlachius in Memoriam
Babayan is one of the leading pianists of our time: Hailed for his emotional intensity, bold energy and remarkable levels of color, Sergei Babayan brings a deep understanding and insight to a stylistically diverse repertoire, which includes a performance history of 60 concerts. Le Devoir from Montreal put it simply: “Sergei Babayan is a genius. Period.”
Sergei Babayan, piano
Pärt, Liszt, Ryabov, Rameau, Chopin, RachmaninoffConcert programme
The Artistic Director Niklas Pokki presents the concert in Finnish at 18.00-18.15 at Serlachius Museum Gösta's Pavilion.