Collaborative piano is the specialization that Matti Hirvonen is a professor of, both in Oslo, in the USA and at master's courses. It used to be called an accompanist, but often the pianist at song evenings and chamber music is far more than that - definitely when it's Matti, one of Sweden's most famous. But have you heard him solo? How does his sense of singability and balance between voices work when he decides entirely on his own?
For us, he has chosen a program of favorites - his own but probably also those of many in the audience. Robert Schumann and Frédéric Chopin, but also Franz Schubert's penultimate piano sonata. With its shifts between seriousness, defiance, melancholy and joy, it is a testimony from Schubert's last year, only 31 years old but terminally ill. What do we hear in the music of his feelings? How does Matti interact with Franz over the centuries?
Robert Schumann (1810—1849) - Papillons op. 2,
Frédéric Chopin (1810—1849) - Three mazurkas op. 59,
Impromptu no. 1 in A-flat major op. 29, Nocturne in c-minor op 48:1,
Ballade in A-flat major, op. 47
Franz Schubert (1797—1828) - Sonata in A major, D 959
Matti Hirvonen, piano
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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.