Finnish pianist Paavali Jumppanen has become known as an exciting and a versatile performer, who is equally at home on stage as a soloist and a chamber musician. His vast repertoire spans much of the classical piano literature, from Bach to the Avant-garde. In the recent years Jumppanen has dedicated much of his time into performing cycles of the complete Beethoven Sonatas. The performances have sparked enthusiastic reviews such as "the perfect balance of Beehtoven's late Sonatas" and "the sheer, overflowing energy of his musicianship held one's attention throughout this impressive performance and the result was a bracing and enjoyable reminder of how path-breaking Beethoven's music was" by the BOSTON GLOBE.
Jumppanen's interest in the Viennese Classical period has also been lead to the fabled recoding of the complete Violin Sonatas by Beethoven with violinist Corey Cerovsek, which won the Midem prize for best chamber music recording of the year 2007. This current season Mr. Jumppanen will also be performing the complete Mozart Piano Sonatas at the Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston as well as in four different cities in his home country Finland.
Deutsche Grammophon released in 2005 Jumppanen's recording of the complete Piano Sonatas of Pierre Boulez, which received prizes in France and Germany and earned the praise of London's GUARDIAN, calling it "the best recorded disc of Boulez's piano music so far." Having worked with Pierre Boulez himself, Jumppanen has become a celebrated advocate of Boulez's music. This season he performs works by Boulez in company of works by Stockhausen and John Cage.
Mr. Jumppanen studied at the Sibelius Academy in Finland, and at the Music Academy of Basel in Switzerland as a student of Krystian Zimerman. He completed diplomas in both institutions with the highest possible awards.
Jumppanens's New York debut in 2001 at the 92nd Street Y, presented by Young Concert Artists, garnered reviews of "fresh and exciting" playing and "immense power and an extraordinary range of colors" by the NEW YORK TIMES, and since then Mr. Jumppanen has toured extensively in the U.S. as well as the prominent concert halls of Europe. He has toured Australia as a soloist of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and performed with many of the most prominent European orchestras, such as the Oslo Philharmonic. Jumppanen has often visited with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London, most recently in the spring 2010, when he performed the Grieg piano concerto under Jiri Belohlavek.