Friday 7.6 at 5pm: Russian classics and rarities with pianist Martin Malmgren

Dear friend of Arkadia,

You are invited to “Russian classics and rarities” with pianist Martin Malmgren” on Friday 7.6 at 5pm at Arkadia (Nervanderinkatu 11).


Warm regards,

Entrance is free but a donation of €3 (or more!) for the bookshop 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.!

Russian classics and rarities with pianist Martin Malmgren

Having recently returned to Finland after touring in Australia, pianist Martin Malmgren’s recital at Arkadia includes a selection of Russian piano music. The audience is treated with Prokofiev’s rarely performed 9th piano sonata, as well as a selection of Etudes-Tableaux by Rachmaninoff and Fairy Tales by Nikolai Medtner.

Although lifelong friends and colleagues, Rachmaninoff and Medtner had a very different level of success with audiences, with Rachmaninoff quickly becoming a household name in the West, whereas Medtner’s music remained rarely performed during his lifetime. Things have fortunately changed to Medtner’s favour in recent years, and there are now more and more champions of his music among pianists and music lovers.

About the artist

Pianist Martin Malmgren has made himself known as a versatile performer, equally at home on stage as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician. With an unusually wide repertoire ranging from early baroque up until the music of our times, he takes delight in surprising his audiences by performing unjustly neglected works and composers, in addition to the standard repertoire. Always aiming at finding meaningful connections between different composers, his concert programs typically show a thoughtful approach which builds bridges between different musical styles and periods. Martin is also founder of the Key Discoveries piano recital series in Helsinki, and more recently, he founded the Helsinki Chamber Orchestra together with conductor James Kahane and concertmaster Aku Sorensen.