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Kouluniemi music

The music activities at Kouluniemi started in 2006 with the first Open Air – Picnic concert. Now Kouluniemi offers:

- concerts
- chamber music and rehearsal space
- an artist agency and
- artists-in-residence facilities


The grounds of Kouluniemi are surrounded by beautiful nature with the backdrop of a lake. One of its most important features is the acoustics which has received praise from many of the artists.

During 2006 – 2009 the following artists have appeared:
Anna Baxter Chiang (USA) soprano 
Chi Bun Jimmy Chiang (Hong Kong) conductor/pianist 

Milan Radič (Slovakia) viola
Christopher Hinterhuber (Austria) piano 

The Mariinsky Theatre Young Singers Academy

Huba Holloköi (Hungary) violin
Éva Polgár (Hungary) piano


Kouluniemi Music represents the following artists:
Anna Baxter Chiang (USA) soprano - representation in Finland.
Member of the soloist-ensemble of the Theater Lübeck.
29.5.2009 Premičre The Bartered Bride- sang the role of Marie
20.11.2009 Soloist with the Zagreb Philharmonic in a performance of Mahler’s 4th Symphony.

Chi Bun Jimmy Chiang (Hong Kong) conductor/pianist - representation in Finland.
Appointed Kapellmeister of the Theater Freiburg for the season 2009/10 

Rossen Gergov (Bulgaria) conductor – representation in Finland.
Recent appearances with:
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Basel Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Graz Philharmonic Orchestra,Tyrolean Symphony Orchestra Innsbruck, Tonkünstler Orchestra,Vienna, Vienna Symphony Orchestra.

Christopher Hinterhuber (Austria) piano - representation in Finland and the Nordic countries.
26.9.2009 Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 with Staatskapelle Weimar, conductor Christian Arming
10.10.2009 Musikverein, Vienna. Zemlinsky Premičre. 3 pieces for cello and piano (1891) together with Othnar Mueller.

Milan Radič (Slovakia) viola – representation in Finland and the Nordic countries.
Since 1998 Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg (Austria) –viola soloist.

Éva Polgár (Hungary) piano - representation in Finland.

5.9.2009 Ateneum Hall, Helsinki. Breugel Variations. Audio-visual concert. Performers: Sándor Vály - sampler, Éva Polgár- piano.
19.9.2009 Bishop's Palace, Vác, Hungary. Together with the Somogyi Quartet. Programme: Haydn, Mendelssohn, Brahms.
21.10.2009 Obudai Taraskör, Budapest, Hungary. Programme: Haydn, Mendelssohn, Weber, Bartok.

Annika Palm-Doumenge (Finland) piano - representation in Finland.

Pierre Doumenge (France) cello
- representation in Finland.



Since 2006 Kouluniemi has featured international stars at its annual Open Air – Picnic Concerts. The artists have noted Kouluniemi’s exceptionally fine atmosphere in which to rehearse and prepare for concerts. In 2008 chamber music activities were initiated and lasted for one week. The aim for future years is that there would be 12 – 15 participants at Kouluniemi at the same time. 
In this way it would be possible to form, for instance, piano or string trios, string quartets etc with different participants. Following a week of rehearsals in a free environment the intention would be to have a number of local concerts. In 2008 there were two concerts, in the Poleeni Concert Hall in Pieksämäki and Tampere-talo. 
In addition to established musicians improving their own skills, the intention in future years is to start chamber music master classes for young as well as experienced musicians



The Kouluniemi Artist Residence is in the former Laitiala Village School on the shore of Lake Puula and is best suited for writers, musicians, researchers and photographers. The residence is available throughout the year. See the separate artist-in-residence information.