Heini Kärkkäinen, pianist

Heini Kärkkäinen started her piano studies with Dimitri Hinze in Jyväskylä and went on with Liisa Pohjola at the Sibelius Academy, where she completed her Master of Music degree. She has studied further with Ralf Gothóni and with Jacques Rouvier in Paris. Her career was launched by success in national Ilmari Hannikainen and Maj Lind Piano Competitions in 1980’s. In 1993, she was nominated as the Young Artist of the Espoo International Piano Week.

Heini Kärkkäinen has performed in Scandinavia, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, France and the USA as recitalist, orchestra soloist and chamber musician. She has played with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, Sinfonia Lahti, the Avanti! chamber orchestra and Orquesta Ciudad de Granada and at several chamber music festivals in Finland and abroad. She has performed chamber music e.g. with such artists as Ana Chumachenko, Robert Cohen, Jean-Jacques Kantorow and Pekka Kuusisto. For the summers in 2000s, she has been invited to the Charleston Manor Festival run by cellist Robert Cohen. In spring 2007 she has been touring in Italy with violinist Pekka Kuusisto. Future engagements include e.g. a number of concerts at various music festivals in Finland and abroad.

Her CD of duo works by Szymanowski, Kodály and Schnittke with cellist Jan-Erik Gustafsson (Ondine) won the Record of the Year award of the Finnish Broadcasting Company in 1994. Other recordings include Bartók Concerto for Two Pianos and Percussion (FRSO/Paavali Jumppanen/Sakari Oramo/Warner Classics), Sibelius music for violin and piano with Pekka Kuusisto (Ondine, 2004), and music by Saint-Saens (Tapiola Sinfonietta/Kantorow/BIS) which was nominated as Record of the month in BBC Music Magazine in March 2007 and editor’s choice in Gramophone magazine in April 2007.