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In this third and final part of his concert series, pianist Ville Hautakangas performs new pieces by Roope Mäenpää, Jami Kianto, Roger Wanamo and Jonne Valtonen. In total, the concert series presents premieres of works by twelve Finnish composers.
– The number twelve and its multiples have given form to many works for the piano: Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons, Chopin’s series of twelve etudes, Debussy’s twelve etudes, Bach’s forty-eight preludes and fugues, Shostakovich’s twenty-four preludes and fugues. I chose twelve works for the piano, as my original idea had been to perform a new piano piece every month for a year. However, that turned out not to be practical in terms of organising concerts, says Hautakangas about his concert series.
The Pirkanmaa Regional Fund of the Finnish Cultural Foundation provided Hautakangas with a grant to commission twelve works for the piano. He chose twelve composers and commissioned a piano piece with a duration of about 5 minutes from each of them. The only criterion was that the composer had to have a long relationship with Pirkanmaa, the region around Tampere, as a place of residence or studies.
Ville Hautakangas is a pianist in the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and TampereRaw and a piano teacher at the Tampere Music Academy. He performs all twelve premieres in three concerts, performing four pieces at a time.
The third and last concert of the series includes four premieres:
Roope Mäenpää: Kolloidi
Jami Kianto: (new work)
Roger Wanamo: (new work)
Jonne Valtonen: 14.4k handshake
Ville Hautakangas has been the pianist of Tampere Filharmonia since 2002. Hautakangas has taught piano and accompanied at Tampere Music Academy since 2007. Contemporary music group TampereRaw employed Hautakangas as its permanent pianist in 2010. He has studied, for instance, in the Hochschule für Musik ”Hanns Eisler” Academy of Music in Berlin. In 2000, Ville Hautakangas was awarded the II prize in the Leevi Madetoja Piano Competition in Oulu.
The duration of the concert is 35 min.
Production Tampere Hall