Biography

JENNI LAPPALAINEN, PIANIST

Jenni Lappalainen started her studies at the Lahti Conservatory, Finland. She continued studying in Copenhagen (the Royal Danish Academy of Music) and Paris (Conservatoire National de Région de Boulogne). She graduated with two master’s degrees, in piano and in chamber music, from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Her teachers were Hortense Cartier-Bresson, Alexandar Madzar and Boyan Vodenitcharov, among others. In Brussels she also studied fortepiano with Piet Kuijken.

Jenni Lappalainen performs as a soloist, chamber musician and lied pianist in Finland and other European countries. In spring 2018 she made a large tour in Romania with the Hungarian violinist Antal Zalai.

She has performed in several Finnish festivals, ex.g. Helsinki and Mänttä Music Festival. She designed and carried out performances combining music, poetry and drama in the Runokuu event of the Helsinki Festival. She also records for the Finnish national broadcasting company, YLE.

Her repertoire includes many classical and romantic composers, and French music occupies a central place in her programmes.

As an active and versatile chamber musician she forms a duo with the Hungarian top violinist Antal Zalai and performs regularly as a duo with pianist Eero Heinonen.

Jenni Lappalainen is now doing her artistic doctoral degree at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts.

Jenni Lappalainen has worked as a piano pedagogue in many Finnish educational establishments in music. At the moment she teaches at the East Helsinki Music Institute.

She is the founder of the music festival Avauksia in Lahti, where she worked as an artistic director and where she also performed regularly.

Jenni Lappalainen writes actively on music and her writings have been printed in several publications.