Children’s introduction to organ music: Miikka Kallio

Children’s introduction to organ music: Miikka Kallio

August 10th at 10 a.m. in Sibelius Hall

Miikka Kallio is a pianist, an organist and a composer from Lahti. He is particularly known as the lead of his Miikka Kallio Band. The band has performed with significant Finnish artists for over 20 years now.

Kallio has performed approximately 1000 children’s concerts around Finland as the pianist of the band Tuubakimalainen and under his solo name Sikinsokinpianisti.

As a musician, his major forte is the seamless combining of different genres. He is especially known for not shying away from any genres. Another side of Kallio is his modern music compositions. He is particularly popular in St. Petersburg, where his music is annually performed by the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

In the children’s introduction to organ music, Kallio presents the instrument by arranging familiar tunes as fun, new versions. The concert highlights the versatility of the organ as an instrument for all kinds of musical adventures.

Free entry

Adriano Falcione

Adriano Falcione

26.7. at 2 p.m. in The Church of the Cross

Adriano Falcioni is an internationally Italian concert organist, recognized worldwide for his technical ability and musicality. 

Falcioni was born in Terni, Italy, and after graduating from Perugia’s Conservatory with W. van de Pol, he completed the organ studies in Freiburg Hochschule für Musik (Germany) with Klemens Schnorr, in London with Nicolas Kynaston and Paris with Marie Claire Alain. Falcioni has participated in master classes of the organ academies in Haarlem (Holland) and Goteborg (Sweden) with great artists such as B.Winsemius, F.Chapelet, G.Leonhardt, L.F.Tagliavini, L.Lohmann, J.van Oortmerssen and J.Guillou.  

Falcioni has been a finalist and a prize-winner in numerous international organ competitions in Europe and USA. He holds concerts every year in several significant festivals and cathedrals all over Europe (Westminster Cathedral, Leeds, Chester, Sheffield, Arp Schnitger organs in Norden and Hamburg, Dom of Milan, Fulda, Freiburg, Regensburg, Bremen, Mainz, Trier, Erfurt, Edinburg, Bruges, Amsterdam, Goteborg, Warsaw, Tohnalle in Zurich, Moscow) Russia, USA and South Africa.

He has recorded multiple CDs and played for many international radio channels.

He teaches organ in Conservatory of Sassari and in many masterclasses in Europe and South Africa (Unisa University of Pretoria).

With a wide repertoire ranging from the baroque to the contemporary, Adriano Falcioni has a particular affection for the virtuoso music of the 20th century and the later 19th century, as well as the works of Liszt, Reubke, Widor, Vierne, Duprè, Duruflè, Messiaen and especially Reger.

He is the main organist of the Metropolitan St.Lorenz Cathedral in Perugia.

Tickets 10€


J.S.Bach             Concerto d minor from Vivaldi BWV  596

Franz Liszt          Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen
                            Variationen über den Basso continuo aus der Kantate von J.S. Bach
                           (transcription Marcel Duprè)

J.S.Bach             Concerto a minor from Vivaldi BWV  593

J.S.Bach             Phantasie chromatique und fugue  BWV  903
                           (transcription Max Reger)

Lahti Organ Festival Choir

Lahti Organ Festival Choir collects singers from different parts of Finland, and they all share the interest in Latin American music. Some of the singers have already performed Latin American masses in the projects conducted by Sanna Mansikkaniemi. The singers of the Festival choir are professional musicians, music students and choir singers from Vocal Ensemble Luna, Suomen Laulu, Lahti Chamber Choir, Vox Saloensis and Forssa Chamber choir among others. 

Kristian Lindroos

Kristian Lindroos

Finnish baritone Kristian Lindroos was born in 1990 in Helsinki. He has studied in the vocal department of Sibelius Academy, Helsinki. Kristian has also studied privately with M° Sherman Lowe in Venice. Kristian has completed the ’Accademia del bel canto ”Rodolfo Celletti”’ -summer program in Martina Franca, Italy. Kristian comes from a family of singers: his father is Petri Lindroos, bass, and his grandfather the famous tenor Peter Lindroos.

Kristian Lindroos made his debut in the Opera di Firenze as Young Henrik in Marco Tutinos’ opera Le Braci. Kristian has also performed in the Savonlinna opera festival and the Festival della valle d’Itria -opera festival in Martina Franca. Kristians performed opera roles include Belcore’ from ’L’elisir d’amore’, ’Schaunard’ from ’La Bohéme’, ’Falke’ from ’Die Fledermaus’ and ’Mercurio’ from ’Incoronazione di Poppea’.

He will debut as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro in Joensuu January 2019.

Kristian has performed as a soloist for the Finnish orchestras: Radio symphony orchestra(Beethoven 9th symphony, January 2018), Helsinki city orchestra, Tampere philharmonics, Sinfonia Lahti and the Vaasa symphony orchestra.

Kristian has performed on many prestigious stages in Finland with lied-, opera and oratorio repertoire.

Kristian Lindroos won the first price in the Lappeenranta singing competition 2016. He has also won a special prize in the ’Toti dal Monte’ -international singing competition, Treviso, Italy 2015.

Sanna Mansikkaniemi

Sanna Mansikkaniemi

Sanna Mansikkaniemi is an open-minded musician with a wide repertoire from early music till the music of today. Voice (mezzosoprano), violin, piano, organ and musical saw are her instruments, she also works as a choir conductor. In her heart there is a special place for folk music and Latin American music. During the last years she has presented several Latin American masses with choirs and instrumental ensembles around Finland. 

She has got Master of Music degrees from church music and vocal music departments of Sibelius Academy. In addition to this she has also studied singing in Utrecht’s Conservatory in Holland and privately with prof. Dorothy Irving in Sweden. Choir conducting and baroque violin she has studied in the Estonian Music Academy in Tallinn. She has also done research about the colonial music of Brazil in the University of Helsinki. 

Nowadays she works as a freelance musician, arranger, producer as well as a teacher and choir conductor in Helsinki Adults Institute. As a vocal soloist, she has performed with choirs, orchestras and ensembles and she also has led several multidisciplinary children’s music projects. She plays violin in the Helsinki Metropolitan Orchestra conducted by Sasha Mäkilä and in her own Rokasahurit folk music ensemble. She has compiled and arranged a mass based on Finnish traditional folk music and “Kointähtösen messu” was premiered in 2017 with soloists, choir and instrumental ensemble. 

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