Throughout history, classical music has relied on the tradition of the great masters passing on their knowledge and skills to younger generations. Helsinki Festival’s Ateljee Aimard – a musical heritage series springs from this very idea.
This year, the collaboration between Helsinki Festival and OP-Pohjola sees the French piano virtuoso Pierre-Laurent Aimard visit Finland to play with some of the country’s most gifted musicians. The Finnish participants will have access to rare and valuable instruments from the OP-Pohjola Group Art Foundation collection. The Collage-Montage concert is envisaged as an unexpected and entertaining blend of old and new elements and the joint performance by Aimard and the young Finnish musicians will grow into a stand-alone work that is greater than the sum of its parts.
This year’s series also includes a concert performance by Aimard, illustrated in watercolour by the artist Norman Perryman. The soft sounds of the piano appear before the audience as a real time painting.
The project also incorporates an outreach programme with local schools in Helsinki. The Finnish musicians involved in the series will each plan a lesson aimed at three different year groups, during which they will speak to the pupils about their careers and pass on their own expertise. In addition to the lessons, the pupils will be invited to attend rehearsals with the musicians and Pierre-Laurent Aimard, thus ensuring that their unique skills are passed onto yet another new generation.
Pupils from Year 3 at Oulunkylä Primary School visited the Helsinki Music Centre on 10 February 2012, you can view the photos here.
Ateljee Aimard: Collage-Montage
Wed 29 August, 19:00 Sibelius Academy concert hall
Pierre-Laurent Aimard & Norman Perryman: Piano Colours
Mon 27 August, 19:00 Sibelius Academy concert hall
Ateljee I & II
28 and 30 Aug, 20:00 Helsinki Cathedral crypt (free)
28 Aug, 20:00
Jaso Sasaki, violin
Sanna Vaarni, piano
Linda Hedlund, violin
Elisa Järvi, piano
30 Aug, 20:00
Pekko Pulakka, violin
Sauli Kulmala, viola
Sami Junnonen, flute
Anna Vaahtoranta, piano