Biography

MariaHamalainen-2015

Finnish pianist Maria Hämäläinen performs both as a soloist and as a chamber music player. She holds bachelor´s degree in music from Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and currently completes her master studies.

Performing with an expanding repertoire, she appears at international stages in Finland and abroad. Maria was invited to perform at the Suolahti International Summer Festival, the International PianoEspoo Festival and at the Mänttä Music Festival. Recent highlights include performing at festivals such as Musica Mundi in Belgium, International Piano Festival ClaviCologne in Germany, Dartington Summer School and Festival in UK.

In December 2014, Maria made her debut with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Jun Märkl. During the last few years, Maria has appeared as a soloist with the NRW Orchesterzentrum chamber orchestra, performing Mozart, and with the Toruń Symphony Orchestra, performing Saint-Saëns’, Grieg’s, and Beethoven’s piano concertos.

Maria has been awarded at national and international piano competitions including the first prizes at the International Competition London Piano Masters and the Young Musician International Competition “Città di Barletta” in Italy, the second prize at the ClaviCologne Piano Competition in Germany, the third prize at the EPTA Piano Competition in Belgium, the Mazda Prix at the Piano Campus International Piano Competition in France and special prizes at the National Leevi Madetoja Piano Competition and Helmi Vesa Piano Competition in Finland.

In 2016, the performance of Mendelssohn’s first piano trio has made her along with the ensemble Trio Fermo to win the first prize and special prize at the VI Erkki Melartin National Chamber Music Competition. In January 2017, Trio Fermo has won the first prize at the VIII Savshinsky International Music Competition in St. Petersburg and in March 2017, the first prize at the XI Juvenalia National Chamber Music Competition in Espoo, Finland. The mutual passion for exploring the art of chamber music has driven the three young Finnish musicians to discover also rare repertoire and to introduce to the public among others the unpublished work by Finnish national composer Jean Sibelius.

Maria Hämäläinen is a recipient of Marita Viitasalo Fellowship 2014 in recognition of her outstanding piano performance (Zonta Club of Helsinki I). In 2016, she has received a bursary for Dartington International Summer School supported by Dartington Hall Trust.

Events

12 July 2018
Solo and chamber music recital
Beethoven, Sibelius, Chopin & Massenet, Wieniawski, Tchaikovsky, Kreisler
KesäVirrat soi!
Jonathan Roozeman, Rebecca Roozeman
Virtain kirkko, Virrat

9 July 2018
Chamber music recital
Johannes Brahms, Ilari Kaila
Varkauden KesäKlassinen
Oskari Eirola, Iiris Rannikko, Markus Hallikainen
Warkaus-Sali, Varkaus

29 October 2017
Sibelius, Arenski, Adam Vilagi
Trio Fermo
Vammalan festivaali
Kulttuuritalo Jaatsi, Sastamala

27 September 2017
Erkki Melartin
Trio Fermo
Presidential Palace of Finland
Helsinki

16 August 2017
Rachmaninoff, Scriabin
Euro Music Festival
Halle, Germany

18 June 2017
Solo recital
Sibelius, Rautavaara, Beethoven, Liszt
Koffie bij de Piano-series
Zaltbommel, The Netherlands

13 June 2017
Chamber music recital “Music at noon”
Jean Sibelius Korpo-trio JS209
Trio Fermo
Tapiolan kirkko, Espoo

16 May 2017
Chamber music recital “On the road of will-of-the-wisp”
Erkki Melartin, Jean Sibelius, Jukka Linkola
Trio Fermo
Ainola, Home of Aino and Jean Sibelius, Järvenpää

19 April 2017
Chamber music recital “On the road of will-of-the-wisp”
Erkki Melartin Six little pieces, op. 121
Jukka Linkola Ballata and fugata, The miniatures
Jean Sibelius Korpo-trio JS209
Trio Fermo
Camerata Hall, Music Centre, Helsinki

18 March 2017
Yamaha Prize Final
Felix Mendelssohn Variations sérieuses, op. 54
Jean Sibelius Romance op. 24 no. 2
Sergei Prokofiev Sonata no. 3 op. 28
Wegelius Hall, Sibelius Academy, Helsinki

15 March 2017
Chamber music recital “Spring dreams”
Erkki Melartin Six little pieces, op. 121
Adam Vilagi Three moments (2015)
Jukka Linkola Ballata and fugata, The miniatures
Maurice Ravel Trio, I Modére
Trio Fermo
Taidekoti Kirpilä, Helsinki

7 March 2017
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata op. 2 no. 2, I Allegro vivace
Jean Sibelius Impromptu op. 5 no. 5
ClaviCologne, Aachen (Germany).

17 February 2017
Rotary Antwerpen Park Concert
Camille Saint-Saens Havanaise op. 83 for violin and piano
Solomon Markman, Maria Hämäläinen.
Nikolai Rimsky-Korskakov The Golden Cockerel
Leia Zhu, Maria Hämäläinen.
Johannes Brahms Piano quartet op. 25, IV Presto
Maria Hämäläinen, Solomon Markman, Elizaveta Suryeva, Mikhail Radunski.
Ernest Bloch From Jewish Life “Prayer” for cello and piano
Mikhail Radunski, Maria Hämäläinen.
Musica Mundi, Antwerpen (Belgium).

30 January 2017
National treasures Lecture concert
Open door at the Bank of Finland – art and music from a century of Finland
Jean Sibelius Impromptu op. 5 no. 5, Impromptu op. 24 no. 1, Romance op. 24 no. 2, Spruce op. 75 no. 5, Finlandia op. 26
Bank of Finland, Helsinki

8 January 2017
VIII Savshinsky International Music Competition
1st prize winners concert
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano trio op. 1 no. 3 in C minor, IV Finale. Prestissimo.
Trio Fermo
Herzen University, Pillar Hall, St. Petersburg (Russia)

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Video

Clara Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor. Maria Hämäläinen & The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor Jun Märkl

© Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

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Audio

Rachel Matthews, Ballade (2007)

C. Debussy, Pour Les Degrés Chromatiques

Press

Rondo Classic, 30 March 2016
Trio Fermo: “When we play together, each of us develops her own personal musicality.”
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Helsingin Sanomat, 14 December 2014
Maria Hämäläinen played a solo part as it were created for her: sensuous and confidently overcoming acrobatic difficulties.
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Rondo Classic, 13 December 2014
Hämäläinen had a strong emotional connection with Clara Schumann’s poetic and vigorous but graceful texture, thereby conveying an expression of the Romantic period. She has a remarkably soft, supple touch that made the filigree weave of the concerto flow in a nuanced fashion. Hämäläinen has the skill to create an unhurried, timeless space where music can levitate…
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Hufvudstadsbladet, 13 December 2014
Hämäläinen’s expression is extremely tasteful and with no excesses, but not without dynamics and variation.
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Yle Areena, 12 December 2014
Helena Hannikainen interviews tonight’s soloist, pianist Maria Hämäläinen.
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Il Quotidiano Italiano, 5 May 2014
The pianist Maria Hämäläinen from Finland presented a memorable performance of the Third Ballade by Chopin, and received the Romantic Music Award.
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UUTISET, 27 February 2014
“Olen luopunut musiikin vuoksi vain pitkistä kynsistä”
17-vuotias Maria Hämäläinen Espoosta opiskelee lukiossa ja soittaa kaiken vapaa-aikansa pianoa. Hän osallistui nuorten pianistien Ilmari Hannikainen -kilpailuun Jyväskylässä.
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