1 ALASAARELA Hannu

ALASAARELA Hannu
Finland
age 23

Hannu Alasaarela (born 27 April 1994, Oulunsalo) started to play the piano at the age of eight with a private teacher, Anna-Maija Kinnunen. At the age of twelve he entered the Oulunsalo Art School and in 2014 the Sibelius Academy. He has been taught by Kimmo Pihlajamaa, Jouko Tötterström, Hui-Ying Liu-Tawaststjerna, Liisa Pohjola, Ilmo Ranta and Tuija Hakkila. Alasaarela won the first prize in the national Leevi Madetoja Piano Competition in 2012 (Oulu). He was also a laureate of the Helmi Vesa Piano Competition in 2015 (Helsinki). Alasaarela also composes.

COMPETITION REPERTOIRE

First round

J. S. BACH Prelude and Fugue in E-flat major (WTK II)
J. S. BACH French Suite no. 2 in C minor: I Allemande, II Courante
CHOPIN Etude in A minor op. 10/2
RACHMANINOFF Etude-tableau in D major op. 39/9
LUTOSŁAWSKI Etude no. 2
HAYDN Sonata in E-flat major, Hob. XVI/52
ESA-PEKKA SALONEN Dichotomie: II Organisme (2000)

Second round

SAARIAHO Arabesques et adages
SIBELIUS Opus 58: I Rêverie, II Scherzino
LIGETI Five Etudes: Désordre, Cordes à vide, Fanfares, Arc-en-ciel, Automne à Varsovie
DEBUSSY Estampes: I Pagodes, II La soirée dans Grenade, III Jardins sous la pluie
CHOPIN Ballade no. 1 in G minor op. 23

Finals

SCHUMANN Piano Quintet op. 44
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto no. 2 op. 16