Pianist and conductor Erkki Korhonen graduated in piano from the Sibelius Academy in 1983. He rounded out his education with several teachers and specialized in opera repertoire. Korhonen has taught at music institutes and conservatories all over Finland and has been teaching piano and chamber music in the Sibelius Academy where he in 1989 was appointed lecturer of répétiteur studies. Erkki Korhonen was invited to the International Opera Festival in Zurich in 1997. He was recently invited to hold master classes at Weimar Lyric Opera Studio and the Conservatory of Shanghai. Erkki Korhonen has performed in Europe, Israel, India and North America and has made numerous radio and TV recordings.
Erkki Korhonen has served as General Director of the Finnish National Opera in 2001-2007, as Vice President of the Sibelius Birth Town Foundation 2011-2017 and Vice President of the project team for the Sibelius 150th anniversary. Korhonen has been the artistic director of the Organ Night & Aria Festival since the autumn of 2016.
Erkki Korhonen has been awarded the music prizes of the cities Hämeenlinna and Helsinki and Sibelius Birth Town medal and the Pro Finlandia medal.
”Dramatic mezzo-soprano Pilvi Äikäs was born in Ilmajoki. She has graduated from Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Music, in 2008. Pilvi has continued her singing and acting studies both in Finland and in Germany with different teachers and in several master courses. She has been member of Savonlinna Opera Festival Choir since 2004 and has also performed in Helsinki Festival and in productions of Lahti Opera Association. Pilvi works as a singing teacher, performs operatic and lied repertoire with several pianists and also sings as an oratorio soloist .”
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Aurora Ikävalko has worked since 2008 in Church of the Cross in Lahti as cantor focused in singing. She has been an additional singer in the chorus in the National Opera in Finland. As well she performed in the Opera Festival chorus in Savonlinna. Aurora has besides the cantor work performed chamber music , sung ensemle projects and solo concerts which theater directors have dramatized.
Miikka Kallio is a talented jazz pianist and jazz organist living in Lahti. He is especially well-known as the leader of his Miikka Kallio Band. Miikka is also a very popular composer, especially in Russia. His compositions have been played by musicians of e.g. St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Mariinski Theater and St. Petersbourg Conservatory since 2005.
Mika Pohjonen, tenor – A native of Finland, was born in 1973.
He initially studied singing at the Lahti Conservatory as a student of Terttu Isosaari and later with opera singer Kalevi Koskinen.
In years 1998-2002 his vocal teacher was opera singer Kai Valtonen and since 2003 he has studied under professor Irina Gavrilovici.
In 2003 he won the Kangasniemi singing competition and got third prize in the renowned Finnish singing contest of Lappeenranta and was a semi-finalist at the Competizione dell’Opera in Dresden.
After his engagement as a first tenor in the choir of the Finnish National Opera since 1998, Mr. Pohjonen has been engaged as a permanent soloist in Finnish National Opera since 2003.
Mika Pohjonen has had several engagements in Opera Houses in the Europe and he has been singing as a tenor soloist with various Symphony Orchestras all over the world.
He has given numerous recitals around Finland with repertoire such as solo songs by Oskar Merikanto, the most popular Italian tenor songs, spiritual church hymns and Christmas carols.
The LSP Concert Band is a brass band of 20-30 players. The band was originally established in 1949 under the name of the Lahti Parish Boys’ Marching Band. The band plays all kinds of music such as wind music, light classical, spiritual music, march music, rock and pop music.