age 28

Sibelius Academy  2009–2010, 2015–2016
Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin 2010–2015
Liszt Academy (Liszt Ferenc Zeneművészeti Egyetem), 2013–2014
Sibelius Academy Youth Department 2003–2009

Väinö Jalkanen (born 27 May 1989, Rovaniemi) has appeared at the Budapest Spring Festival, the Icelandic Chamber Music Festival, the June in Buffalo Festival, and at such venues as the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Chamber Music Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. He is a member of the Uusinta Ensemble (Helsinki), and a co-founder of ÄÄNI-kollektiivi (Jyväskylä/Kuopio/Joensuu). In 2016 he founded the Kaivos Festival held in a decommissioned copper mine in Outokumpu. He has studied at the Sibelius Academy with Liisa Pohjola, Erik T. Tawaststjerna and Antti Siirala, and at the Liszt Academy with András Kemenes, and at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin with Fabio Bidini and Henri Sigfridsson.


First round

TRISTAN MURAIL La Mandragore (1993)
MOZART Sonata in F major, K. 533/494
J. S. BACH Prelude and Fugue in E-flat major (WTK I)
CHOPIN Etude in E minor op. 25/5
LIGETI Etude no. 9 ”Vertige”
SCRIABIN Etude in D-sharp minor op. 8/12

Second round

BARTÓK Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs op. 20
SIBELIUS Opus 85: III Iris, IV Aquileja
V. JALKANEN Vyd ymbalne jәlgәžmaš (2017)
SHOSTAKOVICH Prelude and Fugue no. 16 in B-flat minor
RAVEL Gaspard de la nuit: I Ondine, II Le Gibet, III Scarbo


BRAHMS Piano Quintet op. 34
BARTÓK Piano Concerto no. 2

photo: Touko Hujanen

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comissioned work by Outi Tarkiainen

The commissioned work for the competition was composed by Outi Tarkiainen. Competitors may, in the second round, alternatively improvise on a theme. The theme is issued 20 minutes before performance.

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