Tarmo Peltokoski

Year of birth:  2000

Home town:  Vaasa

Home institution and teacher: Helsinki Conservatory, Antti Hotti

Began studying at the Youth Piano Academy Finland: I’m one of the original ten students from 2013 🙂


1.  When did you start playing piano?

I started playing ”properly” in 2008, although I had played a little prior to that. In 2010 I went to a music camp in Raudaskylä, which really changed everything for me!

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

I think piano just felt right. Or, I can’t remember that anymore! My grandmother is a singing teacher, and although my parents aren’t musicians, music has been an important part of my life from the very beginning.

3.  What does playing piano mean to you?

Well that’s a difficult musical-philosophical question! I think the best I can say is that playing the piano is very important to me!

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

If I’m forced to pick just one, it must be Wagner’s DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN, the greatest work of art of all time for me. Wagner is the most important of all composers – I consider Tristan und Isolde and Parsifal masterpieces as well. Of the symphonics, my most beloved ones include Mahler, Sibelius (the Seventh being the greatest of them all), Bruckner and Shostakovich.

5.  Your three most important performances:

I’ve played Rachmaninoff’s Second with the Tampere Philharmonic and the Kuopio symphony orchestra. I have also played multiple times with other orchestras and performed at various festivals. I consider the Tampere Piano Competition 2017 my most important accomplishment.

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

The YPA is one of the most important aspects in my life. We learn so much and have so much fun. Life wouldn’t be the same without it!

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

The YPA has made me realize playing the piano is some kind of serious business, mwahaha. However, we keep everything in perspective and have fun while we’re learning!

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

Claudio Martinez Mehner and Robert Levin’s classes have been unbelievable not only musically, but also philosophically. I find myself learning things not only about music, but about life in general. Of course also Henri Sigfridsson’s lessons are extremely important every time.

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

Every period and lesson is unforgettable. It is impossible to pick just one memory, since every one holds a special place in my heart.

10. What is your biggest music-related dream?

A question I can’t directly answer. I do my best in being a versatile musician: I want to be a pianist, conductor, composer, arranger and a comedian at the same time.

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