It is with great pleasure that we present this theme concert with a focus on Finland. There are few countries with such strong music traditions as our eastern neighboring country. Here we meet some of Finland's most profound artists in a program ranging from renaissance to brand new music.Otto Tolonen
Otto Tolonen is one of Finland's most outstanding classic guitarists. He has won over twenty international guitar competitions, including in Tokyo, San Francisco, Australia and in Jyväskylä. Most prestigious is the victory of the famous Andrés Segovia Competition in Spanish Herradura.
The repertoire of Tolon ranges from Renaissance masterpieces to contemporary music, and he has received great attention for his interpretations of French repertoire as well as by the German composer Hans Werner Henzes dazzling frequent music. Close to his musical heart, he also has several Finnish composers, such as Kaija Saariaho, Erik Bergman, Jouni Kaipainen, Esa-Pekka Salonen, among others. Many of them are also featured on Tolon's second album, Toccata ¬- Finnish Guitar Music, which came in 2013.
Duo Dryades consists of the internationally renowned classic guitarist Mari Mäntylä and the equally famous bandoneonist Kristina Kuusisto. The repertoire of the duo includes tango as well as classical music. To develop the repertoire for the special crew of the duo, they also order new compositions by composers like Pekka Jalkanen, Juha T Koskinen, Olli Virtaperko, Sid Hille, Nikita Koshkin, Anastasia Salo, Graham Lynch, Vincent Bouchot and Tõnu Kõrvits.
Duon, formed in 2002, has given concerts in large parts Europe and also in China and Lebanon. They released their first album, Kirmari, 2005, followed in 2011 with Speira, nominated for an Emma by the Finnish record industry. Third album Le Meneuse de Tortues d'Or was released in 2014.
Mari Mäntylä plays on a very rare 10-string guitar, often called decacorde, which gives the music an extra warm and round sound. With its bass in the classical repertoire spiced with Argentine tango nuevo, dances from French Brittany and newly written music, Duo Dryade joins the Nordic melancholy with South American rhythms.
Petri Kumela guitar, Tuuli Lindeberg soprano
The soprano Tuuli Lindeberg and Guitarist Petri Kumela belong to Finland's premier chamber musician. They often perform music by older masters like Boësset and John Dowland, but have also profiled themselves as interpreters of contemporary art music. At this concert they perform one piece for actively acoustic guitar and vocal voice by Swedish composer Jesper Nordin.
Tuuli Lindeberg and Petri Kumela ordered in 2017 six new works for soprano and guitar by Nordic composers, among them Jesper Nordin. The supporting theme of the orders has been home. The home can be small and intimate, but at the same time something very big. The home can be something physical or mental, a mental state or a community. The home can be a memory, a jump, a security or a hell. The home is simultaneously current, timeless and comprehensive.
They also share in Riikka Talvities songs from Helsinki, which Tuuli and Petri ordered and unveiled in connection with Helsinki's 200th anniversary as the capital of Finland. The songs describe everyday moments at buildings, parks and streets in Helsinki today.