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.
Siina Hirvonen(1977) is a music pedagogue / music kindergarten teachergraduated from the Helsinki University of Applied Sciences Stadia in 2003. She has worked as an infant music teacher at the Helsinki Conservatory of Music, the Pirkanmaa Music Institute, the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare (MLL) in Kangasala and in Vesilahti, the Kankaanpää Music Institute and Maija Salo’s Music School.
Siina has further been involved in the planning and production of various children’s concerts and events, as well as recordings, songbooks and a teacher’s guidebook for the ABC-book.
Since 2007 Siina has also produced children’s programs for the Finnish Broadcasting Company’s (YLE) channel 2. Siina is known for hosting Pikku Kakkonen’s Music Monday Shows (2008-2014) and numerous music series.
Siina was awarded the national Pedagogue of the Year 2010 prize for her distinguished work for children’s music and cultural education.
Currently, Siina completes her postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Music Education of the Sibelius Academy, makes music programs for television and acts as a freelance musician giving concerts all around Finland, e.g. with Siina and her Magic Radio (Taikaradio) children’s music orchestra. Furthermore, she acts as an adult educator and music educator. Siina has worked with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Savonlinna Opera Festival and the Oulu Symphony.
Risto Saarman has been a lecturer of singing at the Lahti Conservatory since 1996. Risto Saarman has graduated from the Sibelius Academy and was employed by the Finnish National Opera in 1979-1999. He has performed as a soloist with all professional orchestras in Finland as well as at numerous music festivals. He has performed abroad in nine European countries.
Orivesi All Stars – The biggest Folk Music Collective in Finland!
OAS or Orivesi All Stars is a folk music collective basically open to any player with basic playing skills founded to promote the discovery, learning, experience and sharing of musical joy. The age of the members varies from 8 to 85 years, the geographic coverage at least on the axis of Germany-Oulu-USA and the group does not distinguish between amateurs and professionals. The only goal is to produce nice and meaningful music together in a good spirit and to let it be seen and heard!
The band was founded at the traditional Orivesi folk music courses in December 2011 and was headed by Antti Järvelä and Reetta Kuisma.