Antti Siirala, piano

Antti Siirala (b. 1979) began studying the piano in 1985. His teachers include Matti Raekallio at the Sibelius Academy and Ivari Iljan at the Tallinn Music Academy, in addition to Mitsuko Uchida, Murray Perahia and Charles Rosen.

Siirala's international career was launched with his winning the Beethoven Competition in Vienna in 1997. In addition to first prize, he was also awarded the prize for best performance of a late sonata for his performance of the 'Hammerklavier' Sonata, Op. 106. He went on to win first prize at the London Piano Competition in 2000 and the Dublin Piano Competition in 2003, at the latter, the jury decision t time in the history of the competition. Antti Siirala also received a special prize for the best performance of a work by Mozart. His series of competition triumphs culminated in his winning first prize in the Leeds Piano Competition in autumn 2003, where he was also voted the audience favourite.

Antti Siirala has appeared as a soloist in Europe, USA and Asia. In Finland, he has appeared at all major music festivals and with almost all Finnish professional orchestras. Antti Siirala has collaborated with celebrated conductors such as Neeme Järvi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Sakari Oramo, Osmo Vänskä, Eri Klas and Mikko Franck. Siirala performs contemporary music regularly.


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Johannes Brahms
Sonata in F Minor
16 Waltzes

Antti Siirala, piano
ODE 1044-2

Released 04/2004

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