Mikael Loponen


Year of birth: 2003

Home town: Turku

Home institution and teacher: Conservatory of Turku, Eveliina Kytömäki

Began studying at the Youth Piano Academy Finland in 2015

1.  At what age did you start playing the piano?

I started playing the piano at the age of four with my mother.

2. What made you choose piano as your instrument? Does someone else in your family play an instrument?

I don’t exactly know why the piano became as my instrument. Perhaps for the reason that I found playing the piano fun and interesting. My mother has been playing the piano for some years in a music institute.

3.  What does playing piano mean to you?

Playing the piano is an important part of my life.

4.  What is the most important piece of music for you?

My favorite composition is the 3rd Piano Concerto of Rachmaninoff.

5.  Your three most important performances:

Three the most important performances: Leevi Madetoja piano competition 2015, Hungary 2013 and Pianoaura piano competition 2013.

6.  What does the Youth Piano Academy mean to you? How does it feel to be part of the Youth Piano Academy?

The atmosphere in the Youth Piano Academy is stimulating and inspiring. Teachers in the master classes are very talented and nice people. It is fun to learn new things with them.

7.  How has the Youth Piano Academy changed your way of playing?

The Youth Piano Academy has helped my piano playing become more target-oriented. In addition, my practicing has become more  precise and accurate.

8.  Tell about your most memorable master class at the Youth Piano Academy.

Matti Raekallio´s master class in Mänttä 2015 has stayed in my mind. The lesson was very effective and inspiring. He gave me plenty of special exercises, which were new to me.

9.  What is your best memory about the Youth Piano Academy?

The best memory from The Youth Piano Academy Finland is from Mänttä in the summer of 2015. I learned many new finger exercises and techniques in general. I also enjoyed visiting Huhkojärvi.

10.  What is your biggest music-related dream?

My biggest dream for the future is to become a versatile performer in the field of music and to become a famous concert pianist.

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