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Järnefelt Piano Trio

Celebrating 100 Years of Finland's Independence!

  • $30 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $20 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $15 General Admission
  • $5 Student
  • Ruusamari Teppo, piano
  • Päivikki Nykter, violin
  • Katri Ervamaa, cello

Event Details

Formed in 2017, the Järnefelt Piano Trio presents their program in celebration of Finland’s 100 years of Independence on December the 6th, 2017. The Finnish-American musicians, all three Finnish-born, come together from California, Texas and Michigan. The trio is named after the common ancestors of Ms.Teppo and Ms.Ervamaa.

The program follows Finland’s road to Independence through music of Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) and includes the Piano Trio No. 3 ”Havträsk” (1886), Malinconia (1900), Finlandia (1900), Romance (1915), Rondino (1917) and Novellette (1922), among others.

About Suomi Finland 100
Finland became an independent state on 6 December 1917. The newly born state was willed into being by the Finns after a long struggle. In spite of hard times, the Finnish people have for almost a hundred years engaged in the building of their country and making decisions together. Now the Finns are leading their country into a new century with courage and determination.

The centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017 will be the most significant commemorative year for this generation of Finns. The centenary emphasises Finland’s strengths, such as equality and democracy by offering Finns and friends of Finland diverse and international centenary programme in Finland and abroad. The centenary year provides opportunities to better understand the past, experience the jubilee together and set the course for Finland’s future success.

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About Suomi Finland 100 Theme - Together
The theme of Finland’s centenary celebration year is ‘Together’. With the help of a host of participants, we will draw up a lively programme covering the whole of 2017. The centenary celebration is open to both Finns and friends of Finland. Now you have the opportunity to do a small or great deed and so make a contribution to your own community – Finland.

The centenary is a vantage point from which we can look both forward and back on a hundred years, with our feet firmly planted in the present. Our centenary programme will deepen our understanding of the entire period since independence, while surveying Finland as it is now and seeking and forging a new country.

A varied programme will mark Finland’s independence celebrations in 2017. While overall responsibility for putting the programme together rests with the ‘Finland 100 Years’ organisation established in the Prime Minister’s Office, the centenary programme can only be created through the joint efforts of Finns and friends of Finland. The programme’s implementation and themes are going to be as diverse as Finland and the Finns.

Ruusamari Teppo

A direct descendent of the Finnish Composer Jean Sibelius, pianist Ruusamari Teppo began her piano studies at the age of four in her native country of Finland. Following graduation from the prestigious Sibelius Music High School, and three years of piano study in Paris, she was awarded a scholarship by the Finnish government to continue her education at the Prague Conservatory and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. After completing the artistic certificate programs at both institutions, Ms. Teppo moved to the United States to study with world-renowned pianist and pedagogue Vladimir Viardo. She is currently pursuing her Doctoral degree in Collaborative piano performance studying with Dr.Puccinelli and Dr.Harlos at the University of North Texas.

Ms.Teppo has performed as a soloist and a collaborative pianist in the US, eight European countries and South Africa. In addition to winning second prize in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, and the Petrof Piano Competition, Ms. Teppo has participated in many music festivals, including Kuhmo, Naantali, Turku, Karjaa, and Inkoo festivals in Finland, Portogruaro and Tarvisio in Italy, South Africa’s Stellenbosh, and Moulin D’Ande in France. Always an innovator, she spearheads crossover performances in collaboration with dancers and actors: most recently, the Finlandia Foundation sponsored her extensive US tour with cellist Jussi Makkonen to honor Sibelius’ 150th birthday. Ms.Teppo is the artistic director of the newly founded Koivu ja Tähti Festival in Finland, and the pianist for the NOVA new music ensemble.

Päivikki Nykter

A versatile recitalist and chamber musician, violinist Päivikki Nykter, is equally at home with standard repertoire as well as contemporary music. A native of Finland, she is a graduate of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Ms. Nykter served as an Artist-in-Residence at the University of California San Diego Music Department from 1994 to 2006. She is now a freelance violinist maintaining a busy concert schedule as well as teaching the Alexander Technique both in the US and Europe. Ms. Nykter is an artistic director of a Chamber Music Concert Series in Lappeenranta, Finland. She has recorded on Neuma, Aucourant Records, CRI, Old King Cole, Omega Editions and mode labels.

Katri Ervamaa

Finnish-born cellist Katri Ervamaa, DMA, is a multifaceted performer, who especially loves playing chamber music, new music and creative improvisation. She has performed and given master classes throughout North America, Europe and Taiwan. Her festival appearances include the Orlando, Kuhmo, Bowdoin, Lyckå and Norrtäjle Chamber Music Festivals (with the Finnish Owla String Quartet) as well as the Denison University Tutti! New Music Festival, Poison City Music Festival, Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival and Finnfest, among others. She has also performed at Ann Arbor’s Edgefest with Lars Hollmer’s Global Home Project, Guy Kluscevic, Mark Kirschenmann, E3Q, Andrew Bishop and Ed Sarath. She studied cello with Erling Blöndal Bengtsson, Marc Johnson, Kazimierz Mikhalik and Lauri Laitinen, and holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. Dr.Ervamaa is a founding member and past president of Brave New Works new music ensemble (bravenewworks.org), the Muse string trio and E3Q, an improvisation-based genre-defying trio of cello, trumpet and percussion. She appears on Envoy Recordings, Block M Records, and AMP Records labels. Most recently, she appeared in the documentary ”Mestiza Music”, produced by WFYI-Indinapolis, on 60 PBS stations nationwide. In addition to her lively performance career, Dr.Ervamaa is on faculty at the University of Michigan’s Residential College, where she is the head of the music program and teaches chamber music. She has also been on the cello faculty at the Eastern Michigan and Bowling Green State Universities. She plays on a 1868 HC Silvestre cello, and you can find them online at www.katrimusic.com.