Finnish classical pianist Risto Lauriala celebrates 40 years as an artist with a concert of works from his repertoire, including Jean Sibelius’ Kyllikki (Three Lyric Pieces), Op. 41, Frédéric Chopin’s Mazurka in G Minor, Op. 24, No. 1, Mazurka in C major, Op. 24, No. 2, and Mazurka
in A-flat major, Op. 24, No. 3, as well as Chopin’s Polonaise-fantaisie in A-flat major, Op. 61, Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20, and Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39, and J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
About Risto Lauriala
Risto Lauriala began playing the piano at an early age in Oulu, Finland before moving to Helsinki to study under Timo Mikkilä at the Sibelius Academy, where he received his diploma in 1972. Further studies took him to London, where he studied under Ilona Kabos and Maria Curcio, and to the Vienna Music Academy where he attended Dieter Weber’s master classes. He won his first international prize in the 1974 at the Stepanow Piano Competition in Vienna, having already won the coveted first prize in the 1970 Maj Lind Competition in Finland. He is now a professor at the Sibelius Academy.
Lauriala has performed as a soloist with numerous symphony orchestras and chamber music ensembles in Finland and throughout Europe, Japan, and the United States. He is also well known as a recitalist in Finland and Europe. His core repertoire consists of concertos and major works by J.S. Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, and Johannes Brahms. Lauriala has recorded works by Bach, Sibelius, and Josef Suk for NAXOS and for the Finnish label ALBA.