Antti Siirala, piano (Finland)Classical Tour
Even before he won the Leeds International Piano competition and the AXA Dublin International Piano competition in 2003, Antti Siirala had been recognised as one of the outstanding pianists of his generation. Born in Helsinki in 1979, he made his debut with an orchestra at the age of seven and went on to win First Prize in the Juvenalia Chamber Music Competition at thirteen.
Praised by critics for his breathtaking technique, instinctive musicality and “wonderfully sustained intensity”, Siirala has performed solo recitals at most of Europe’s finest concert halls, including London’s Royal Festival Hall and the Konzerthaus in Vienna. As a concert soloist, he has worked with such conductors as Sakari Oramo, Eri Klas, Osmo Vänskä, Howard Shelley, Jacques Mercier and Alexander Vedernikov. Best known for his interpretations of works by Beethoven and Brahms, he has also premiered contemporary works by the composers Walter Gieseler, Kuldar Sink, Uljas Pulkkis, and Kalevi Aho. His recording of works by Brahms received Gramophone Magazine’s “Editor’s Choice” award in August 2003.
Bach: Partita No.1 in B flat major BWV 825
Brahms: Rhapsody in B minor Op. 79/1
Brahms: Variations on an original theme in D major Op. 21/1
Deirdre McKay: Time, Shining
Chopin: Sonata No. 3 in B minor Op. 58
On Tour: Tuesday 25 November, Drogheda, (St. Peter's Church of Ireland, 8:00 p.m.); Wednesday 26 November, Waterford, (City Hall, 8:00 p.m.); Thursday 27 November, Killorglin, (Intermediate School, 8:00 p.m.); Friday 28 November, Birr, (Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, 8:00 p.m.); Saturday 29 November, Dublin, (St. Patrick’s Hall, State Apartments, Dublin Castle, 8:00 p.m.); Sunday 30 November, Kilkenny, (The Heritage Council, 8:00 p.m.); Monday 1 December, Castlebar (Linenhall Arts Centre, 8:00 p.m.); Tuesday 2 December, Clifden, (Church of Ireland 8:00 p.m.); Wednesday 3 December, Letterkenny, (Regional Cultural Centre 8:00 p.m.); Thursday 4 December, Belfast (Harty Room, Music Building, Queen's University, 8:00 p.m.); Friday 5 December, Armagh (Armagh Theatre and Arts Centre, 8:00 p.m.).
"This pianist I want to hear again…He is a full-blooded musician with a fascinating sense for the quality of the sound... he makes one listen and discover. "- Seen & Heard