Laura Mikkola

14.09.2020 – 20:30
Palazzo Sangiovanni
Alessano (LECCE)

Jean Sibelius (1865 – 1957)

‘5 pièces’ for Piano, Op. 75
När rönnen blommar (When the Rowan Blossoms)
Den ensamma furan (The Solitary Pine)
Aspen (The Aspen)
Björken (The Birch)
Granen (The Spruce)

Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)

Jeux d’eau

Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)

Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52

David Chaillou (*1971)

Les mains nues
Pluies blanches
Au piano de Sibelius (World premiere, commissioned by Muse Salentine Festival)


Laura Mikkola

The Finnish pianist Laura Mikkola was born in 1974. She has won prizes at several well-known international competitions: second prize and audience prize at the Concours Reine Élisabeth in Belgium (1995), first prize at the Unisa Transnet Piano Competition of Pretoria (RSA), first prize at the Concours Maj Lind in Helsinki, and first prize at the Concours international de piano Maurice Ravel in Saint-Jean-de-Luz.
She studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia as well as at Bloomington University. Her teachers and mentors include Murray Perahia, Menahem Pressler, Gary Graffman, Dimitri Bashkirov, Tapani Valsta and Ferenc Rados.
In the field of contemporary music, she has recorded the Concerto of the Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür with Paavo Järvi and the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra for ECM, as well as the complete piano works of the Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, several of which were dedicated to her, for Naxos. Her latest album ‘Légendes’ published on Fuga Libera (Outhere Music) was devoted to the music of French composer David Chaillou, with whom she has a long and close collaboration.