Program 1st Round:
Andante favori F-Dur WoO 57
Sonate Nr. 15 D-Dur op. 28 (Pastorale)
III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo
Tatu Eskelinen is a young Finnish classical pianist whose broad repertoire and versatile musicianship have made him a sought-after performer both as a soloist and chamber musician. In 2019 Eskelinen gained international recognition by being selected as Finalist and winning Special Prize for the best performance of a contemporary piece at the 9th Nordic Piano Competition in Ingesund, Sweden. The same year he was also awarded at the Helmi Vesa Piano Competition. Eskelinen began playing the piano in his native town of Joensuu at the age of 5. Already at 11 years of age he won his first piano competition, receiving the First Prize and a Special Prize for the best performance of pieces by Mozart and Schumann at the Kuopio Piano Competition. Since 2013 Eskelinen has studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where his teachers have included Erik T. Tawaststjerna, Antti Siirala and Jussi Siirala. His earlier teachers include Jaakko Untamala, Otto Korhonen and Anitta Hirvikangas. Also, an important factor in his musical development have been the numerous masterclasses with top pianists, such as Akiko Ebi, Janina Fialkowska, Paavali Jumppanen and Janne Mertanen to name but a few. Tatu Eskelinen has performed as a soloist with orchestras in Finland, Norway and Russia. He has also performed in Belgium, Holland, Hungary, Iceland and Italy among many other countries. He has received generous support towards his musical development from Pro Musica Foundation, The Finnish Cultural Foundation and The Sibelius Academy Foundation.