News

28th May - 28th June 

Hedvig and pianist Marko Hilpo perform 5 songs by Erkki Melartin. The songs were recorded at the Finnish Broadcasting company and can be listened to at: http://areena.yle.fi/1-2743183  The songs are right in the beginning of the program.

Summer 2015 

23rd June 5 pm A Tribute to Jean Sibelius. Hedvig and Juho Alakärppä perform songs and piano pieces by Sibelius in the Helsinki Cathedral Crypt, Kirkkokatu 18. Free Admission

1st July 7.30 pm MCS Arts Festival, Oxford Songs and piano pieces by Jean Sibelius with Hedvig and  Juho Alakärppä, piano

8th July 7 pm Hedvig and Otto Tolonen, guitar, perform a selection of folk songs from Finland, Great Britain, Greece and Spain. The Agricola-club, Tehtaankatu 23, Helsinki Admission 15€

11th July 7 pm Jaakko Ryhänen, bass and students at Jysäskylän Kesä, Äänekosken kirkko Scenes from the Magic Flute and Finnish Masterpiece Viimeiset kiusaukset by J. Kokkonen

18th July 6 pm Sibelius' only opera The Maiden in the tower (sung in swedish) with Hedvig (the Maiden), Monica Groop (mezzo), Dan Karlström (tenor), Jussi Merikanto (baryton), Folke Gräsbeck (piano) and the university choirs Flora and Brahe Djäknar from Turku. More information: Sibelius i Korpo- festival. Korppoo (in the Archipelago)

19th July 4 pm Gala-concert of the Sibelius i Korpo-festival. Songs and chamber music by Sibelius

31st July 7 pm Mendelssohn Op. 70 Elias conducted by Juhani Lamminmäki with the Vaasa City Orchestra. Kokkola church More information: kirkkomusiikkijuhlat.fi

2nd August Sibelius concert at Viitasaari Church with Margareta Brandt, Jaakko Kortekangas, Collin Hansen and Hedvig

23rd August 6 pm Sibelius-concert in Hamina. More information: elokuunillat.com

Previous engagements:  

Spring 2015

February: Finnish composer Erkki Melartin (1875-1937) wrote 6 symphonies, over 400 piano pieces and around 300 solo songs, of which around 80 in Swedish. Very few of these songs have been recorded and therefore the Erkki Melartin Society has commissioned a CD with 22 of his Swedish songs. The recording sessions will begin in February with Ilmo Ranta, piano and Jan Söderblom, violin and myself. 

March: Tribute to the Finnish Soprano Emma Engdahl (1852-1930), who had an international career and many admirers, among them Franz Liszt . She excelled in roles such as Adina (Elisir d'Amore), Violetta (La Traviata) and even Elsa (Lohengrin), but also as an interpreter of Lieder. Ulla Grönvall-Streng tells about her life and reads from her letters (in Swedish) and Hedvig and Folke Gräsbeck, piano performs a variety of songs and arias from her repertoire (Schumann, Pacius, Merikanto, Bizet, Rossini, Verdi and Wagner).

4 th March The Sibelius Museum, Turku 

13th March Schauman Hall, Pietarsaari

16th March G-18 Concert Hall, Yrjönkatu 18, Helsinki

15th April - 15th May Watch Hedvig perform Sibelius songs for the Finnish Broadcasting company: www.yle.fi/klassinen and look for "Kantapöytä 15.4.2015" In the beginning of the program Hedvig sings "Våren flyktar hastigt" and "Var det en dröm". Later in the program, at 20.03', one more song, "Illalle" after which there is an interview in Finnish. The pianist is Gustav Djupsjöbacka.

International Sibelius Tour

21st April 6 pm Nasjonalbiblioteket, Henrik Ibsens gate 110, Oslo

8th May 1 pm The Felicja Blumental International Music Festival, Tel Aviv

11th May 5 pm Crown Hall, Jerusalem

1st July 7.30 pm MCS Arts Festival, Oxford

Songs and piano pieces by Jean Sibelius with Hedvig and Folke Gräsbeck, piano / Juho Alakärppä, piano

Autumn 2014:

31st August at 7 pm: Stadin sävelet- Goodwill concert, Helsinki Old Church

3rd September at 7 pm: Sibelius songs and arias from The Hunt of King Charles by Pacius, Kymi Sinfonietta, Conductor Tuomas Hannikainen, Kotka Concert Hall

4th September at 7 pm: Sibelius songs and arias from The Hunt of King Charles by Pacius, Kymi Sinfonietta, Conductor Tuomas Hannikainen, Kuusankoski Hall

28th September at 6 pm: Larsson: Förklädd Gud and Mozart: Laudate Dominum with Kauniaisten Kamarikuoro GÖR and Kauniaisten orkesteri, Olari Church, Espoo

14th October at 7 pm: Tribute to the Soprano Emma Engdahl (1852-1930), songs and arias from her repertoire. Piano: Folke Gräsbeck, recitation: Ulla Grönvall-Streng, G-18 Concert Hall, Helsinki Postponed to 16th March 2015

28th October at 7 pm: Rangström: Den mörka blomman, Wegelius String Orchestra, orchestrated and conducted by Tomas Djupsjöbacka, G-18 Concert Hall, Helsinki

6th November at 7 pm: Vivaldi: Gloria, Bach cantata 69, conductor Riitta Laine, The German Church, Helsinki

13th November at 7 pm: Love-Death-Abandonment: Songs and Works by Sibelius, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra and Taite- productions, conductor Tuomas Hannikainen, Porvoo Art Factory

30th November at 6 pm: Larsson: Förklädd Gud and Mozart: Laudate Dominum with Kauniaisten Kamarikuoro GÖR and Kauniaisten orkesteri, Uusi Paviljonki, Kauniainen

6th December at 2 pm: Independence Day Concert, Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki

8th December at 6 pm: Love-Death-Abandonment: Songs and Works by Sibelius, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra and Taite- productions, conductor Tuomas Hannikainen, Ateneum Art Museum Helsinki

15th December at 7 pm: Bach: Christmas Oratorio parts I-III, Cantores Minores, Lohja City Orchestra, conductor Hannu Norjanen, alto Maria Kettunen, tenor Tom Nyman, bass Juha Kotilainen, Lohja Church

18th December at 7 pm: Bach: Christmas Oratorio parts I-III, Cantores Minores, Lohja City Orchestra, conductor Hannu Norjanen, alto Maria Kettunen, tenor Tom Nyman, bass Juha Kotilainen, Porvoo Art Factory

19th December at 7 pm: Bach: Christmas Oratorio parts I-III, Cantores Minores, Lohja City Orchestra, conductor Hannu Norjanen, alto Maria Kettunen, tenor Tom Nyman, bass Juha Kotilainen, Helsinki Cathedral