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. I also study clarinet with Outi Heiskanen. 

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 my grandfather was a conductor, so I naturally listened to classical music at a young age, and was heavily inspired by it.  

3.  What does playing piano mean to you?

It means to both make the audience feel better about their day and interpret a composer’s piece of music in a personal way.

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

The most important piano piece for me is the third piano concerto by Sergei Rachmaninov. Among the orchestral music repertoire, I especially like Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps and the symphonies by Shostakovich.

5.  Your three most important performances:

Piano soloist of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra in 2017. Young artist at Mänttä Music Festival 2017. Madetoja Piano Competition 2012, 2015 and 2018. I have also enjoyed tremendously performing alongside my friends in Finland and abroad.

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

Being a part of the YPA is one of the most important things that’s happened to me. Not only have I received great education by renown professors from all over the world and been inspired by them. I have also had the privilege to study side by side with amazing pianists, who happen to be my best friends.  

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

I have a more profound way of playing and thinking of music than before. 

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

Hyung-ki Joo’s masterclasses are of course always extremely memorable. I’m also very impressed by the teaching of Claudio Martinez-Mehner and Aquiles Delle Vigne.

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

My first encounter with the other students at the restaurant “Rantakerttu” 2013. I remember thinking to myself: ”I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

10.  What is your biggest music-related dream?

My dream is to play all over the world with my friends and make a lot of new ones while doing so.

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