Mikael Loponen (born 2003) started playing the piano at the age of four. He began his studies at the Music Institute of Turku in 2010. Mikael has studied at Conservatory of Turku 2014-2022 with Eveliina Kytömäki. He began studying at the Youth Piano Academy in 2015. He has also had lessons with Professor Henri Sigfridsson since February 2021. He has participated in conducting master classes of Jorma Panula since 2018 and begins his studies in orchestral conducting at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki in 2022.
His most important piano performances include the following: Leevi Madetoja Piano Competition in 2022 and 2018, Mänttä Music Festival Young Artists’ Concert 2018, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra Young Soloist Concert in 2016, 2018 and 2021. He has taken part in the piano master classes of Marc-Andre Hamelin, Nikolay Lugansky, Henri Sigfridsson, Matti Raekallio, Robert Levin and Jeremy Denk. Mikael has been awarded in several piano competitions 2015-2022 (Helsinki Lied, Madetoja, Pianoaura, Steinway). He has achieved the 1st price in Leevi Madetoja Piano competition in 2022 and the 3rd price in Helsinki Lied competition in 2021 and was also one of the six finalists in Tampere piano competition (2021).
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