XV Mänttä Music Festival 25 June – 2 July 2013
- Welcome to 15th Mänttä Music Festival to enjoy world class piano music!
- Ticket sales moves from the festival office to Taidekaupunki Tourist Information on 6th May. More info at Tickets.
Seeking the core of pianism
Fifteen years ago, a group of young lovers of piano music noticed that there was not a single annual piano event in our country. That inspired them to found the Mänttä Music Festival, which to this day remains the only Finnish summer festival that is dedicated to piano music. Their dream was to arrange an event that would promote the cause of the young generation of pianists, present the rich melodiousness and versatility of the piano and highlight rarely heard treasures of the piano repertoire. It is on the strength of these basic ideas that the Mänttä Music Festival continues to strive towards the core of piano music.
Many things have changed and developed in the history of the festival. A process of internationalisation has been happening at a dizzying pace, especially in recent years and the commencement of master courses has attracted greater numbers of young top talents to take part in the music festivals.
I have wanted to make the Mänttä Music Festival an event that, its small size notwithstanding, is in no way inferior in terms of quality to big internationally acclaimed festivals. This summer’s list of performers is especially noteworthy. Hamelin, Rose, Eckardstein, Siirala – all names that are well known to friends of piano music all over the world. The festival programme will also feature several first performances, including Ville Raasakka´s new work and Henri Sigfridsson´s arrangement for solo piano from Sibelius´2nd Symphony.
Mänttä is a magnificent place for a piano festival. The fifteen years since the festivals began have shown that unique encounters with piano music and interesting artistic personalities can take place in a peaceful and attractive small town that is saturated with culture.
We welcome you to enjoy the festival with us!