Sibelius Academy Guitar Festival: Guitar recitals
Maria Sapelkina and Taavi Kiviranta, guitar
Program includes: J. S. Bach, Moreno-Torroba, Brindle, Orekhov, Giuliani, Ponce.
Maria Sapelkina has performed as a soloist and as a member in various chamber music ensembles. She has studied with Timo Korhonen, Andrzej Wilkus, Ismo Eskelinen and Petri Kumela.
Sapelkina’s musical journey begun at the age of 10 when she started her music school playing the domra, a Russian stringed instrument. At the age of 15 she got interested in classical guitar. Besides classical music, Sapelkina is interested in jazz, folk music and composing.
At her recital, Sapelkina will perform a piece called Troika, which is based on a Russian folk song. This piece is rarely played in Finland. In addition she will play pieces from J. S. Bach, Moreno-Torroba, Smith Brindle and Sergei Orekhov.
Taavi Kiviranta (1994) started his guitar studies in Jyväskylä in 2004, and since 2013 he has been studying at the Sibelius Academy where he was taught by Jukka Savijoki, Otto Tolonen and Ismo Eskelinen. In autumn 2018 he also started master studies in Cologne with Goran Krivokapic as his teacher.
Kiviranta has participated in many international masterclasses and competitions. In 2015 he was a finalist and got a special award for best performance of contemporary music in the Anna Amalia competition in Weimar. He has composed the Queen of the Night aria on ukulele for the Finnish National Opera and he performed Villa-Lobos' etudes live broadcast on Yle, Finland's national tv channel.
For his degree concert, Taavi selected personally meaningful works by J. S. Bach, Mauro Giuliani and Manuel Ponce.
Sibelius Academy Guitar Festival 10–14 Apr 2019
The Sibelius Academy Guitar Festival, which will be held the second time at the Helsinki Music Centre, is presenting the art of the guitar students and teachers of the Sibelius Academy of Uniarts Helsinki.