Chopin and Schubert
Matti Hirvonen has visited us a few times before, playing both chamber music and in collaboration with singers. Most of his performances in Stockholm have been in the latter role, and it is in "collaborative piano" that he is a professor. In KVAH, however, he appears solo in some favorite works of Chopin and Schubert's second last, great piano sonata. Perhaps Matti's vast experience of singing and storytelling in his other repertoire has given him special insights to convey about these central works in the piano literature?
Frédéric Chopin (1810—1849) - Three mazurkas op 59,
Two nocturnes op 48, Impromptu in A-flat op 29
Fantaisie-Impromptu op 66 and Ballade in A-flat op 47
Franz Schubert (1797—1828) - Sonata in A, D 959
Matti Hirvonen, piano
More information about the artist
*Matti Hirvonen studied piano, accompaniment, and chamber music at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and privately in London and has specialized as a collaborative pianist since he was a student. Today he is widely regarded as one of the leading accompanists in Scandinavia, equally comfortable in all forms of chamber music. His career began at the invitation of Elisabeth Söderström. He has since then performed extensively with singers Nina Stemme, Miah Persson, Ann Hallenberg among many others.
Matti is a frequent guest at festivals throughout Europe, such as Edinburgh, Grafenegg, Aix-en Provence, and Schleswig-Holstein, and performs at major venues such as the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna and others. He has also performed extensively in Japan.
Matti Hirvonen appears on many CD recordings, including Schubert Lieder, Scandinavian songs, piano music by Schumann and Schubert, Scandinavian contemporary piano music (premiering works which were written and dedicated to him). In July 2016 he was appointed Professor of Collaborative piano at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts in the United States. Previously, he was professor of accompaniment at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and has held similar positions at the Royal Colleges of Music in London and Stockholm.
His latest appearance at Allhelgonakyrkan was at our festival in 2019.