Dr. Niklas Pokki (1976) is the co-founder and artistic director of Mänttä Music Festival since 1999. He works as Head of Piano Department at the University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy. He teaches also e.g. at the Turku Conservatory.
Several of his students have won prizes in national and international competitions. Pokki is an active master class teacher and lecturer, and he works constantly as a juror in national and international piano competitions. He is also the co-founder and coordinator of the Youth Piano Academy Finland.
Pokki has performed as a soloist with e.g. the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. He has premiered works by e.g. Jean Sibelius, Kalevi Aho, Osmo-Tapio Räihälä and Tõnu Kõrvits. He has played broadcasted concerts (Finnish Broadcasting Company, Rondo FM, Eesti Klassikaraadio and SWR1) and made studio recordings. He has performed in several Finnish music festivals, e.g in Turku Music Festival, SibaFest and Maj Lind Piano Forum.
Niklas Pokki studied at the Sibelius Academy and at the Music University of Karlsruhe, Germany. His most important teachers were e.g. Teppo Koivisto, Matti Raekallio, Erik T. Tawaststjerna, Carmen Piazzini and Emanuel Krasovsky.