An evening of the best Christmas music from Finland and abroad, arranged for two pianos.
Entry is free. Programs can be purchased at the door.
In this sure to be heart warming musical journey, Australian pianist and arranger, Adam Herd joins forces with Steinway artist and New Zealand pianist, Jason Bae as they navigate Adam's own two-piano arrangements of popular Christmas music.
You can expect to hear favourite tunes such as Silent Night, O Holy night, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Heinillä härkien kaukalon, Lumiukko, Joulupuu on rakennettu, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and many more... but as you've never heard them before.
Two times the pianists.
Two times the pianos.
Two times the joy!
When: 20th December 2018 6pm
Where: Wegelius Sali, Sibelius Akateemia, Töölönkatu 28 (4th floor), Helsinki, Finland.
From sub-tropical New South Wales to sub-zero Scandinavian winters, Adam has let music guide him to many corners of the globe. Originally from Coffs Harbour, Australia, Adam has travelled to South America, Great Britain, and Europe perfecting his pianism and piano repertoire.
Adam holds a Bachelor of Music with First-Class Honours from the Queensland Conservatorium and a Master’s Degree from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. His main teachers have been Natasha Vlassenko and Erik T. Tawaststjerna. Adam is currently undertaking doctoral studies in the artistic doctoral program at the Sibelius Academy and is supported by a Martin Bequest Travelling Scholarship and the Ian Potter Cultural Foundation. He has won various prizes and competitions including the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition in Australia and the Helmi Vesa Piano Competition Finland. Adam’s debut solo CD From Shadows received great praise upon release with Fine Music Magazine awarding the recording five stars.
In addition to his performance engagements and teaching his piano students, Adam enjoys playing alto saxophone, Celtic whistle, and chamber music in various forms. Despite the risk of injury to his fingers, Adam also enjoys playing many sports and, in his free time, can be found surfing in his home town of Coffs Harbour or cross-country skiing through the forests of Finland.
New Zealander pianist, Jason Bae was born in Daejeon, South Korea in 1991. At the age of twelve, he made his concerto debut with Auckland Symphony Orchestra and a year later he was the youngest concerto soloist to perform with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Since then, Jason has performed as a concerto soloist with New Zealand National Youth Symphony, Queensland Symphony Orchestra of Australia, Auckland Youth Symphony, Christchurch Symphony, Bach Musica NZ and Gooden.semble in London. As a recitalist, he has given recitals in U.K (King’s Place, Royal Academy of Music, Royal Academy of Arts, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. James’ Piccadilly, Steinway Hall), U.S.A (Carnegie Hall), Finland, France, Indonesia, Vietnam, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
Jason was the first New Zealander pianist to perform for the HRH Meghan, Duchess of Sussex of United Kingdom at the grand opening of “Oceania” - U.K’s first large-scale exhibition of South Pacific art at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. He was also the first New Zealander to be invited by the former Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage of New Zealand, Hon. Christopher Finlayson, to present a piano solo recital at the Grand Hall of New Zealand Parliament, 'Beehive'. He has performed for the both former Governor-General of New Zealand, Sir. Anand Satyanand and Sir. Jerry Mateparae, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark, and the former President of European Commission, Jose Manuel Barosso.
Jason received his Master of Arts in piano performance with the highest distinction award, 'DipRAM' at the Royal Academy of Music in London under the tutelage of Christopher Elton and Joanna MacGregor in 2015. He is currently studying orchestral conducting and he is being mentored by both Jorma Panula and Jukka-Pekka Saraste.
After just four years since Jason became the first New Zealander ‘Young Steinway Artist’ at the age of 20, he became ‘Steinway Artist’ in 2016. In 2015, Jason became the first South Korea-born New Zealander Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society awarded by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust. Jason has been appointed as the youngest School of Music Visiting Fellow at University of Auckland at the age of 24 and he was a Visiting Artist at University of North Florida in U.S.A last year. This year, Jason has been recently selected and honoured as the most prestigious alumni, ‘40 Under 40’ from the University of Auckland.