Samuel Eriksson

Year of birth:  2001

Home town:  Turku

Home institution and teacher:

I live in Turku and I study piano at Turku Conservatory. My teacher is Niklas Pokki, who is the founder of the Youth Piano Academy.

Began studying at the Youth Piano Academy Finland in 2013


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

I was six years old when I started playing the piano.

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

My sister plays the piano and I listened to piano music at a young age and liked it very much. I also like to play the clarinet.

3.  What does playing piano mean to you?

Hmm, tough question. Through my piano playing, I have been on many wonderful adventures, learned amazing music, and encountered remarkable people.

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

Bruckner’s Symphonies 4, 8 and 9, Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, Brahms’s Symphony 4 and Sibelius’s Violin Concerto. 

5.  Your three most important performances:

There are many important events. For example, during 2015, a concert at the Helsinki Chamber Music Festival at the House of Nobility, a performance at the PianoEspoo Festival with Tarmo and Leevi, and my program at the Madetoja competition. I’m going to play this summer (2016) in Italy as a soloist with an orchestra. The program includes Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto.

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

Every period is different from the previous one in its own way. We of course learn a lot and it’s great to get to play with such good teachers. We also always have an awful lot of fun with friends / colleagues in the evenings.

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

I am more interested in piano playing than ever before, and therefore I practice more, for example, for the next period. What was once a hobby has become a job – and a quite nice one!

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

Antti Hotti’s master classes have been absolutely awesome. He teaches well, with his own style and energy.

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

Mänttä 2015, enough said.

10.  What is your biggest music-related dream?

My dream is to play all over the world, and of course get a lot of cash while doing so 🙂

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