The Loviisa Sibelius Festival

VALERIA RESJAN, piano

Valeria Resjan began her piano studies in Russia. She moved to Finland with her parents in 1990 and continued her studies at the Sibelius Academy with Hamsa Al-Wadi Juris. She also studied chamber music with Ralph Gothoni. In 1996-97, she studied at the Reina Sofía High Music School with Dmitri Bashkirov.

In 1992 Valeria Resjan won the National Maj Lind Piano Competition together with Laura Mikkola. In 1995 she won the International Pilar Bayona Competition in Zaragoza, Spain. In 1996 she was awarded with the fourth prize at the International Piano Competition of Montreal, where she was also granted the special prize as the favourite of the audience.

Valeria Resjan has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestra soloist. She is collaborating actively with such internationally renowned musicians as Ola Karlsson, Marko Ylönen, Jan-Erik Gustafsson, Hagai Shaham, Elina Vähälä, and also Takacs, Chillingirian and Michelangelo quartets as her chamber music partners. She has played with such conductors as Okko Kamu, William Boughton, Jorma Panula, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Osmo Vänskä, Sakari Oramo and Klaus Mäkelä. She has given concerts in Norway, Russia, Japan, China, Spain, Canada and Emirates. In Finland, she has made appearances in many music festivals, including the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Turku and Mikkeli Music Festivals, Espoo Piano Festival, the Helsinki Festival and the Gstaad Menuhin Festival.

Since year 2004, she has been performing regularly with Pietari Inkinen and Tuomas Ylinen. This trio has recorde Tchaikovsky and Sibelius music and had a concert in the Wigmore Hall of London in 2007.