Directors and Founders:
Anna Maria McElwain and
"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
Göran Grahn, harpsichordists
Joyce Lindorff and
clavichordists Norberto Broggini,
Dora Petery and fortepianists
Shuann Chai and
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
viola da gamba player
Clemens Goldberg, Baroque flutist
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
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.