Sibbe Live!: Duo Evening
Erkki Lahesmaa, cello, Eveliina Kytömäki, piano
Igor Stravinsky: Italian Suite for Cello and Piano (1932)
Laura Netzel: Sonata for cello and piano in E minor
Bohuslav Martinu: Sonata for cello and piano No 2 H286
Erkki Lahesmaa graduated from Yale University in 1993 with a Master of Music degree under Aldo Parisot. He completed his Bachelor of Music degree at the Juilliard School in New York in 1990 under the tutelage of Harvey Shapiro and Zara Nelsova. Lahesmaa has studied at the Turku Conservatory under Timo Hanhinen. In 1990 Lahesmaa won the Juilliard Competition in the USA and in 1986 second prize at the Turku Cello Competition. He gave his first concert in Helsinki in 1998.
Erkki Lahesmaa made his debut at New York’s Lincoln Center in 1990 and has since appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, the United States, Canada, South America and Japan.
Erkki Lahesmaa is an active performer of new music and several composers have written and dedicated works to him. Lahesmaa has worked as a member of the Canadian Arthur-Leblanc and Tristan string quartets and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He is also a member of the Plus Ensemble, the Turku Ensemble and the piano trio Ad Libitum.
Lahesmaa has also recorded and his CD as a member of the Plus Ensemble was awarded the 2010 Emma Prize for Best Classical Music Album.
Erkki Lahesmaa works as a lecturer of cello music and as the head of the department of chamber music at the Sibelius Academy of Music and Performing Arts. He is also a lecturer of cello at the Turku University of Applied Sciences. He has also given master classes all over the world, including in London, Beijing, Shanghai, Santiago de Chile, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Yerevan, San Sebastian, Lisbon, Porto, Glasgow, Weimar, Bremen, Vilnius, Dijon, Bucharest, Brussels, Seville, Valencia, Salamanca, Trieste, Palermo, Oslo, Reykjavik, Bergen, Kristiansand and Stavanger.
Lahesmaa has been on the jury of several music competitions. In 2013 he was invited to be a member of the jury of the International Hatsaturia Cello Competition. In 2019, he was on the jury of the Glazunov International Competition. Lahesmaa is chairman of the organising committee of the Turku Cello Competition.
Erkki Lahesmaa is the artistic director of the Nauvo Chamber Music Days.
Eveliina Kytömäki is a versatile keyboard player whose instruments include harpsichord, fortepiano and modern piano. Kytömäki has studied piano at the Sibelius Academy with Tuija Hakkila, Ilmo Ranta and Jussi Siirala. He has studied fortepiano and performance practice at Cornell University in the United States under Malcolm Bilson. He studied harpsichord and continuo at Yrkeshögskola Novia with Petteri Pitko.
Kytömäki has performed at festivals in Finland, including Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Savonlinna Opera Festival, Oulu, Mänttä and Turku Music Festivals, Sibelius Academy Concert Series, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Belgium, France, England, Austria and the USA. He has made radio recordings for Yle and recorded Väinö Raition’s songs with Helena Juntunen. In 2007-2008 Kytömäki worked as a chamber musician with MiNensemble in Norway.
Kytömäki lives in Turku and works as a lecturer in piano performance and piano pedagogy at the Turku University of Applied Sciences.