The Loviisa Sibelius Festival



“Pami Karvonen’s art of playing piano is like listening to a big symphony orchestra.” Dalton Baldwin
The musicianship of Pami Karvonen comprises of his work as pianist, accompanist, teacher, organist, choir director and director of silent retreats.

Karvonen’s passion is the union of word and melody. During the 100th anniversary of Finland, he was upon invitation of Arto Noras honoured with planning the programme of Naantali Music Festival’s “Katso pohjoista taivasta” concert in Kultaranta inspired by Jenni Haukio’s anthology of poetry. The premiere of Aulis Sallinen’s new piece dedicated to Johanna Rusanen-Kartano, Ville Rusasen and Pami Karvonen was heard during the concert.

Karvonen has performed with many international singers. His musical partners include, among others, Johanna Rusanen-Kartano, Juha Uusitalo, Riikka Hakola, Qiu Lin Zhang and Robert Holl.

Pami Karvonen is the founder of the Lux Musicae event. Karvonen was the artistic director of the event for eleven years. He is also the founder of the song academy Siuntion Lauluakatemia together with Johanna Rusanen-Kartano.

In 2015, Pami Karvonen played in the concert series Sibelius 109 all of Sibelius’ 109 solo songs in a series of four concerts at Helsingin Ritarihuone. Among the vocalists were Monica Groop, Jorma Hynninen, Helena Juntunen, Waltter Torikka and Christian Juslin. Vesa Siren of Helsingin Sanomat wrote, among other things, that the series of concerts was a tremendous feat and a fantastic cultural deed.

Pami Karvonen is the first western pianist who has been invited to perform as a soloist for the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra in performing Chinese music. He has performed as piano soloist in the grand hall of the Hong Kong Cultural Center, playing for instance the national piano concerto of China, the Yellow River. Karvonen has made a total of seven concert tours in China. In 2019 he will perform for instance in Hong Kong, where he will be soloist in the piano concerto in G major by Ravel.

The Finnish Cultural Foundation awarded Pami Karvonen a grant in 2016 for a project related to Kaija Saariaho’s music. In 2017 he was awarded a grant by the Pro Musica foundation for his artistic work as a pianist. In June 2018 Karvonen participated as pianist in the film Mirages playing music by Kaija Saariaho. The film is directed by Marikki Hakola. He has been invited to the international music festival in Figeac in France in August 2018.

The publishing company Kirjapaja will publish the book Kalaonnea – Järveltä ruokapöytään by Pami Karvonen and Tommi Sarlin in September 2018.