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 with Timo Terho. Mikael has studied at Conservatory of Turku since 2014 with Eveliina Kytömäki. He began studying at the Youth Piano Academy in 2015. Mikael also plays the violin under the guidance of Arja Yurtseven. He has also participated in the conducting master classes of Jorma Panula. 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 and 2018. Mikael has taken part in the master classes of Claudio Martinez-Mehner, Boris Berman, Emanuel Krasovsky, Konstantin Bogino, Matti Raekallio and Erik T. Tawaststjerna. He was awarded in the Pianoaura Piano Competition in 2013, 2016 and 2019, the Leevi Madetoja Piano Competition in 2015 and 2018 and the Steinway Piano Festival in Helsinki in 2016.