Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival


Artistic Directors and Founders: Anna Maria McElwain and Michael Tsalka

"Kuopio, in the eastern lake area of Finland, in home to a fine array of clavichords, harpsichords, fortepianos, and baroque organs. During the 2nd Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival (14-23 August, 2013) they were featured in 21 concerts and a course for students, organized by artistic directors and virtuoso performers Anna Maria McElwain (Finland) and Michael Tsalka (Israel/Holland)...The diverse repertoire ranged from early vocal intabulations to newly commisssioned works for clavichord (Leonardo Coral, Mexico), fortepiano (Liu Qing, China) and harpsichord (Mari-Anne Hof, Holland)..."
Harpsichord and Fortepiano Magazine, UK - Report by Professor Joyce Lindorff, describing the 2013 Edition.

The Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival will present its third edition in Kuopio, Finland from August 13 to 22, 2014. Audiences will enjoy twenty concerts performed by outstanding keyboardist from Europe, Russia, the United States, and Israel, among them the Festival's directors—keyboard performer Michael Tsalka and clavichordist Anna Maria McElwain—organists Daniel Bruun, Rubin Abdullin, and Göran Grahn, harpsichordists Joyce Lindorff and Assi Karttunen, clavichordists Norberto Broggini, Aapo Häkkinen, Dora Petery and fortepianists Shuann Chai and Frederic Voorn.

Repertoire will include five centuries of keyboard music, as well as three world premieres by renowned composers from Finland, Poland and the United Kingdom, commissioned especially for the 2014 installment. Concerts will take place in eight different venues, among them the Cathedral, the Art Museum, and the Chamber Music Hall at Kuopio Music Center.
Chamber music will play an important role in the festival. Invited artists will include Baroque violinist Shunske Sato, mandolinist Alon Sariel, viola da gamba player Clemens Goldberg, Baroque flutist Wendy Rolfe, singer Christina Knochenhauer and the Galantina Ensemble. Additionally, lecture-recitals will introduce historical keyboards and their repertoires to audiences at large. Specific themes will include J. S. Bach's Die Kunst der Fuge and composing contemporary music for historical keyboards.

The Festival will also offer eight days of master classes and private lessons. Experienced performers will teach both beginners and advanced students. During the ten days of the Festival Courses will be offered.

The First International Clavichord Competition will be an important part of the festival. Further information about requirements and how to register will appear in the next weeks.