Leevi Ollila

Year of birth: 2000

Home town:  Kaarina

Home institution and teacher:  Turku Conservatory, Niklas Pokki

Began studying at the Youth Piano Academy Finland in: 2013

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

When I was 8 years old.

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

I have heard piano music throughout my life because my father is a pianist.

3.  What does playing piano mean to you?

Playing the piano is very important to me. It lends a perfect balance to my everyday duties. It will always play a central role in my life.

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

Chopin’s Concerto in  E minor.

5.  Your three most important performances:

Mariinsky theater in St. Petersburg 2015, The Bil-Bil Castle in Benalmadena, Spain 2016 and my performances in the Leevi-Madetoja piano competition.

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

The Youth Piano Academy gives me an opportunity to improve while being surrounded by outstanding musicians. It’s a fantastic source of inspiration. I enjoy the fellowship and the supportive, empowering and positive atmosphere.

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

It has opened many new dimensions of music to me, and fulfilled many of my dreams.

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

My most memorable master class is the one with Angela Hewitt. It’s just tremendous to get a lesson from a master pianist of her caliber.

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

Mänttä Music Festival’s concerts and master classes!

10. What is your biggest music-related dream?

My goal is to be able to work with piano music for the rest of my life. One of my greatest dreams is to participate in the Chopin piano competition.

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