Friday 11.8 at 6pm at Arkadia: Bach, Brahms and others with pianist Martin Malmgren

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Dear friend of Arkadia,

You are invited to Bach, Brahms and others with pianist Martin Malmgren on Friday 11.8 at 6pm at Arkadia (Nervanderinkatu 11) 

As a regular visitor and performer at Arkadia International Bookshop, pianist Martin Malmgren returns with a recital that includes Bach’s glorious Partita nr 4 in D major and Brahms majestic Händel variations op. 24, and possibly more! With previous recitals having included the complete Mazurkas by Karol Szymanowski and the complete Études by Debussy, this concert focuses on more frequently heard repertoire by Bach and Brahms.


Warm regards,


 Entrance is free but a donation of €3 (or more!) to fund the event is suggested and would be most welcome. If you have no loose change or coins we gladly accept payment via Visa Electron or Mastercard etc. !

Pianist Martin Malmgren has made himself known as a versatile performer, equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician and lied pianist. Noted for his broad repertoire and unconventional programming, he takes delight in surprising audiences by performing unjustly neglected works and composers, in addition to the standard repertoire. He is also the founder and artistic director of the piano recital series “Key Discoveries” in Helsinki.

As a sought-after soloist, he has collaborated with orchestras such as with Sinfonia Lahti, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Torun Symphony Orchestra, Oulu Sinfonia, Jyväskylä Sinfonia and numerous others. With a repertoire spanning more than 30 works for piano and orchestra, he has often highlighted lesser-heard works such as Prokofiev’s 5th piano concerto, Schumann’s “Konzertstück” op. 92, Hindemith’s Kammermusik (‘Klavierkonzert’) op 36 nr 1, Elliott Carter’s “Dialogues 2”, to mention but a few. Next year, he is giving the world premiere of Itzam Zapata’s “Paraphernalia” for piano and orchestra, a work he commissioned. He frequently performs in music festivals around the world, and was invited as the Main Guest Artist at the Pasimusic Festival in 2015. Other notable projects include performing the complete Mazurkas by Karol Szymanowski as well as the complete Études by Debussy.

In addition to a soloist and recitalist career, Martin takes great interest in lied and chamber music. As a dedicated interpreter of contemporary music, he frequently collaborates with living composers and ensembles focusing on new music. The interest in historical performance practice has led Martin to take masterclasses from such noted fortepianists as Malcolm Bilson, Alexei Lubimov and Bart van Oort. His large musical appetite have also led to collaborations with pop singers, jazz musicians, actors, dancers and others, and he is among the founding members of the folk music group Babalisk.

Martin received a bachelor from the Edsberg Manor/Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, and later finished a Masters degree at the Sibelius Academy, studying with Ilmo Ranta. He now continues his studies with Konstantin Bogino at Accademia Musicale Santa Cecilia di Bergamo in Italy. Other important teachers have included Jerome Lowenthal, Liisa Pohjola and Henri Barda. 

You are most welcome to visit us at / Arkadia International Bookshop and like us if indeed you do!