Piano Recitalist

Solo Piano Appearances

Music Performed:
Piano recitals which have featured Finnish music have included works by Rautavaara, Kokkonen, Melartin, Erik Bergman, Kaipainen, Sibelius, Toivo Kuula, Madetoja, Matti Tuhkala and others.

American composers played have included: Robert Carl, David Macbride, David Vayo, Wynn-Anne Rossi, Elizabeth Austin, Brian Grundstrom, Judith Shatin, Libby Larsen, Roy Harris, William Balcolm, George Gershwin, Norman Dello Joio, and Scott Joplin.

Some programs and recitals have featured the music of German composer Hanns Eisler, including collaborations with singers and actors (see Collaborations page).

Other composers represented have included Carl Nielsen, Ravel, Beethoven, Wilhelm Peterson-Berger.
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Engagements:

Solo Piano Recital
'Jean Sibelius at 150'/ Piano Music from Finland
May 15, 2015
Thomaston Federated Church
Thomaston, Maine

Solo Piano Recital
'Jean Sibelius at 150'/ Piano Music from Finland
May 17, 2015
Clark Memorial Chapel at Pomfret School
Pomfret, Connecticut

Solo Piano Recital
Dalton State College
January 24, 2014
Dalton, Georgia
(Works by Roy Harris, Robert Carl, Joonas Kokkonen, Libby Larsen, Erkki Melartin, George Gershwin)

Solo Piano Recital
Covenant College
January 23, 2014
Lookout Mountain, Georgia
(Works by Roy Harris, Robert Carl, Joonas Kokkonen, Libby Larsen, Erkki Melartin)

Solo Piano Recital/ also featuring Nancy Railey, pianist
Sponsored by the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, at the Peter White Library
December 5, 2013
Marquette, Michigan
(Works by Roy Harris, Joonas Kokkonen and Robert Carl)

Piano Soloist: ‘Song of the Open Road’ for Chorus, Piano and Trumpet, by Norman Dello Joio
Augsburg Masterworks Chorale Concert
November 3, 2013
Augsburg College/ Minneapolis, Minnesota

Solo Piano Recital
Finnfest 2012/ Double Tree Hotel Reid Park
November 9, 2012
Tucson, Arizona

Piano Soloist and Accompanist
Finlandia Foundation Gala Concert at the Finnish Embassy to the United States
October 29, 2011
Washington, D.C.
(Solo works by Leevi Madetoja, Erkki Melartin, Jean Sibelius, Joonas Kokkonen)

Leinestern Verleihung/ 12 Jahre Jubiläum des Freiwilligenzentrums Hannover
Solo Piano Music
Maritim Airport Hotel
18. June 2011
Hannover - Langenhagen, Germany
Music from the '20s'/ Weill, Gershwin, Kern, several others

Suomalaista Pianomusiikkia/ Piano Music from Finland
Ylivieska Akustiikka Concert Hall
10. June 2011
Ylivieska, Finland
(Works by Leevi Madetoja, Matti Tuhkala, Jouni Kaipainen, Erkki Melartin, Sibelius, Joonas Kokkonen)

Das Klaviererlebnis/ Klavierprogramm
Eilenriedestift Hannover
5. June 2011
Hannover, Germany
(Works by Scott Joplin, David Macbride, Libby Larsen, William Balcom, George Gershwin)

Solo Piano Recital
James J. Hill House/ Gallery
January 24, 2011
St. Paul, Minnesota
(Works by Leevi Madetoja, Joonas Kokkonen, Hanns Eisler, Ravel, Debussy, Beethoven)

Rhapsody in Blue in an appearance with members of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra (MI)
Bay College at the Besse Center Theater
February 28, 2010
Escanaba, Michigan

Haus und Garten Konzert / Solo Recital
Hannover (Kleefeld), Germany
10. July 2009
Theme: "Finnische Klaviermusik mit deutschen Einflüßen"/ Finnish piano music with German influences
(Works by Rautavaara, Kokkonen, Aarre Merikanto, Melartin, Bergman, Sibelius)


Leinestern Verleihung/ 10 Jahre Jubiläum des Freiwilligenzentrums Hannover
Solo Piano Music
Maritim Airport Hotel
4. July 2009
Hannover - Langenhagen, Germany
Music composed by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Scott Joplin, Wynn-Anne Rossi


EARLIER RECITALS AND SOLO APPEARANCES:

2008 "Finnish Piano Fantasy" at FinnFest 2008/ Duluth MN

2006 Conference: THE FINNISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE SEMINAR
“Suomen Innokkaat Sisukkaat Ulkosuomalaiset” (SISU)/ Duluth MN
Nordvendt Concert Series/ Minneapolis MN
Lecture/ Performance: Seventh Nordic Spirit Symposium at Calif. Lutheran Univ.
‘The Piano as a Contemporary Voice in Scandinavian Culture’/ Thousand Oaks CA

2004 Recital at Southwest Minnesota State University/ Marshall MN
Recent Piano Music: The Hartt School/ Hartford CT
Presented by the Institute of Contemporary American Music
Piano Music from Finland at James Mann Performing Arts Ctr. / New York Mills MN

2003: Solo Recital at Kaufmann Auditorium/ Marquette MI
Presented by Marquette Community Concerts

2002 Piano Music from Finland, at FinnFest 2002 Univ of MN/ Minneapolis MN
Rhapsody in Blue in an appearance with the Fridley City Band/ Fridley MN

2000 Nordvendt Concert Series/ Minneapolis MN

1999 Piano Music from Finland/ at the Finn Hall/ Canterbury CT
Presented by the Finnish American Heritage Society
Piano Music from Finland: The Hartt School/ Hartford CT
Presented by the Institute of Contemporary American Music
Piano Music from Finland: Estonia House/ Lincolnshire IL
Presented by the Finnish American Society of the Midwest
Piano Music from Finland: Illinois Wesleyan University/ Bloomington IL
Music of Sweden, Norway and Finland: Delgado College/ New Orleans LA
Guest Piano Recital: Southeastern Louisiana University/ Hammond LA
Recital at the Raahesali/ Raahe, Finland
Presented at the time of the 350th Anniversary of the City of Raahe
Piano Music from Finland, Sweden and Norway: Grace Lutheran Church/ Palo Alto CA
Piano Music from Finland: Finnish American Home Association/ Sonoma CA
Piano Music from Finland: Lutheran Church of the Cross/ Berkeley CA
Nordvendt Concert Series: Mindekirken Norwegian Church/ Minneapolis MN
Recital in Silver Lake/ Los Angeles CA
Sponsored by the American Scandinavian Foundation of Los Angeles
Piano Music from Finland: Finnish-Am. Heritage Ctr. at Finlandia Univ./ Hancock MI

1998 Hanns Eisler Centennial Celebration: Amsterdam Concert Series/ New York NY
Eisler: Piano Sonata No. 1 + Sonata for Violin and Piano/ Ashley Horne, Violinist
Recital: American Piano Music/ Amerikkalaista Pianomusiikkia/ Helsinki, Finland
Temippeliaukio Kirkko (Rock Church)
Contemporary Finnish Music: St. Michaels Catholic Church/ Stillwater MN
Sponsored by ‘Music on the Saint Croix’.
World Premiere of David Drexler’s ‘Devils Lake’, for violin, clarinet, cello and piano.

1997 Piano Music from Finland at Finnfest 1997/ Minot ND
Piano Music from Finland. Sundin Hall at Hamline University/ St. Paul MN
THE FIRST 'PIANO MUSIC FROM FINLAND' PROGRAM. April 6, 1997

1996 Contemporary Music for the Piano: Clapp Recital Hall at the Univ. of Iowa/ Iowa City IA
Presented by the Center for New Music

1995 Recent American Piano Music: The Hartt School/ Hartford CT
Presented by the Institute of Contemporary American Music
Recent American Piano Music: Illinois Wesleyan University/ Bloomington IL
The New Music Café

1994 Neue amerikanische Musik in Leibnizhaus, Music and Commentary/ Hannover, Germany
Sponsored by the Hannover Amerika Haus and Integratives Forum Hannover
Neue amerikanische Musik in Wacker Gallerie/ Hildesheim, Germany
Lecture Concert on American Music: Second Templin Seminar/ Templin, Germany
Sponsored by: AGABUR Foundation, the Univ. of CT, Potsdam Univ. DAAD, State of Brandenburg
Recent American Music: Landmark Center/ St. Paul MN
Presented by Minnesota Landmarks and the Minnesota Composers Forum

1993 Neue amerikanische Musik, Music and Commentary/ Hannover, Germany
Wintersalon in Hannover

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