Mikael Kemppainen, chamber pianist
Mikael Kemppainen received his first piano lessons from his mother when he was eight. Later he studied piano in Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, first with Minna Pöllänen and later with prof. Liisa Pohjola. In addition to this he has attended numerous masterclasses and private lessons in Finland and abroad, with György Sebök, Claude Helffer, John O’Conor, György Kurtag, Pavel Gililov, Niel Immelmann, Peter Toperczer, Andreas Haefliger, Ralf Gothóni and others.
In 2001 Kemppainen won the 1st prize in the national Jyväskylä Piano Competition. After that Kemppainen has been performing as a soloist with many major Finnish orchestras and has given recitals in many important music festivals, including the Espoo International Piano Festival, Sibelius Academy Concert Series and the Turku Music Festival. Mikael Kemppainen was also chosen to represent Finland at the Piano Forum concert series by young competition winners in Berlin. He has also made recordings for the Finnish National Radio.
Always first and foremost an enthusiastic chamber musician, Kemppainen has been a piano partner in several instrumental and vocal competitions, including the ARD (Munich) and Joachim (Hanover) competitions among others. Mikael Kemppainen also works regularly as an accompanist in many master classes and competitions. Currently Mikael Kemppainen works as an accompanist in Turku Conservatory and in Sibelius Academy.