Sibbe Live!: Musica Ricercata
Marie Körkkö, piano
György Ligeti, Bela Bartók, Aleksander Scriabin, Sergei Prokofiev
The Italian word ricercata can be translated as ‘sought’, ‘studied’, ‘desired’ or ‘wanted’. One of composer György Ligeti’s most famous solo piano works is called Musica Ricercata. It is a piano suite of eleven small pieces composed by Ligeti between 1951 and 1953. The work was a major milestone in the field of art music at the time, as Ligeti created an entirely new style of composition, Ex Nihilo, which means ‘from nothing’ in English. This piano suite served as a kind of opening for the style he would use in his later work. With this concert we celebrate György Ligeti’s birthday, which will be a full 100 years in May 2023. Ligeti will be accompanied by piano music by Bela Bartók, Alexander Scriabin and Sergei Prokofiev.
Marie Körkkö is a Helsinki-based piano artist and Feldenkrais® teacher, who trained in both professions in Italy. Since returning to Finland, she has organised her own concert series and worked as a piano teacher in several cities. In 2018, she founded her own studio, Pianokellari, in the centre of Helsinki. In November 2021 he started to produce a concert series Kellarista kajahtaa! in this space, which offers home-concert style events a few times a year. In addition to Körkö, the series will feature guest artists invited by her. Körkkö graduated with a Master of Music degree from the Verona Conservatory in 2012. Prior to that, he graduated from professional music schools in Helsinki and Lahti. As a pianist, Körkkö has performed over the years as a soloist as well as a lied and chamber musician in his native Finland and Italy, but has also visited Poland and Russia. In her free time, she enjoys all kinds of art and a wide range of activities.