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 since 2014 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 conducted in the masterclass concerts.
His most important piano performances include the following: Mänttä Music Festival Young Artists’ Concert 2018, Leevi Madetoja Piano Competition in 2015 and 2018 and Turku Philharmonic Orchestra Young Soloist Concert in 2016, 2018 and 2021. He has taken part in the piano master classes of Marc-Andre Hamelin, Henri Sigfridsson, Matti Raekallio, Claudio Martinez-Mehner, Robert Levin, Jeremy Denk and Tuija Hakkila. He was awarded in Leevi Madetoja Piano Competition in 2015 and 2018, Steinway Piano Festival in Helsinki in 2016 and Pianoaura competition in 2013, 2016 and 2019.
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