As part of The University of Western Australia's Keyed Up! series, internationally celebrated Finnish pianist Paavali Jumppanen will present a recital celebrating the works of Beethoven and Mozart, as well as premiering a commissioned new work by Finnish composer Jouni Kaipainen.
It is said that when 36 year-old Jumppanen was a child, he made a nuisance of himself while his two older brothers were having piano lessons. The irony is that the ‘kid brother' grew up to be the professional pianist while the others became a chemist and a software programmer.
While in Perth, Jumppanen will also give a master class at UWA's School of Music. Jumppanen has become known as an exciting and a versatile performer, equally at home on stage as a soloist and a chamber musician. His repertoire spans much of the classical piano literature, from Bach to the avant-garde, and recently, he has dedicated much of his time into performing cycles of the complete Beethoven Sonatas.
Jumppanen will deliver the 2010 Callaway Lecture in which he will focus on the Shakepearean link to Beethoven's music. Jumppanen's interest in the Viennese Classical period led to the recording of the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas with Corey Cerovsek, which won the 2007 Midem prize for best chamber music recording.
The recital program for the tour includes Mozart Sonata in b-flat major K 281; Beethoven Sonata in d-minor op 31 no 3 Tempest; Four Preludes by Jouni Kaipainen; Beethoven Sonata in f-minor op 57 Appassionata.
The masterclass will be held on Thursday 21 October; the lecture on Friday 22 October; and the Keyed Up! recital in the Octagon Theatre on Saturday 23 October.
Other pianists featured in the School of Music's 2010 Keyed Up! series were Piers Lane, Annette Goerke and Zen Zeng.