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 played 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 piano pieces are Rachmaninoff’s piano concertos 2 and 3. Also Beethoven’s piano concertos (the 4th is my favorite) are very important to me. Other important works for me are Sibelius’s symphonies (especially 5th and 6th ), Beethoven’s 9th symphony, Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen and Stravinsky’s Petrushka and Rite of Spring.

5.  Your three most important performances:

Three the most important performances: Leevi Madetoja piano competitions in 2015 and 2018, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra’s young soloists’ concert (2016 and 2018) and performances abroad (Hungary and Serbia 2013, Germany 2017).

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 very good 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.

Claudio Martinez-Mehner’s lessons have been unforgettable. Especially I remember his lesson in Oulu in 2017. I played Scriabin’s etude in D sharp minor. Martinez-Mehner’s most important piece of advice was that the interpretation must be “in the limits” of the note text.

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

The summer periods in Mänttä are always very important.

10.  What is your biggest music-related dream?

My biggest dream for the future is to become a versatile musician; a pianist, a conductor and possibly also a violinist.

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