Gewandhaus Debut 2nd Encore Improvised by Pauli Kari

RECORDED JUNE 21st 2015 AT GEWANDHAUS BY MDR KLASSIK – Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk
After the Premiere of Selim Palmgren´s Piano Concerto Nr.1
MDR – Radio Figaro live concert / MID SUMMER FESTIVAL 21.06 BIS 01.07.2015

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“…A Finnish master pianist…” – ISO-lehti “

…Fabelhaften Pianisten…mit Bravour in die Tasten hämmert…Eine enorme Gedächtnisleistung” – REISE und KULTUR – Online Merker

“…Pauli Kari’s way of handling the piano charmed the audience…a pianist with exceptional success in his international career, brought out the force and frenzy typical of a composition of Tchaikovsky’s famous Piano Concerto No 1 on his concert grand. Kari’s fingers seemed to be running on the keys of the shiny instrument like small, young deer…” – Kuhmolainen News

“…A Great Wave hit the Locomotive Hall… The first ever symphony concert at Logomo was magnificently carried out… The piano soloist Pauli Kari’s grasp of the dynamic held throughout the concert…Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no. 2 rolled over the hall like a great wave…” – Turun Sanomat News

“…His brand of performance is one that we feel strongly is needed for a modern audience hungry for connection and expression…” – Bechstein Hall, New York

“…Pauli Kari graced The Winners Recital with superb level of performance…” – The American Protégé International Piano Competition, Carnegie Hall, New York City…

Pauli Kari is a Finnish concert pianist, improviser and composer.

He has studied in Lahti Music Conservatory, Sibelius Academy (Youth training), Turku Art Academy and numerous Masterclasses all over the world with artists and professors e.g. Lea Terno-Kivilä, Arto Satukangas, Liisa Pohjola, Inkeri Siukonen, Matti Raekallio, Peter Nagý,  Niel Immelman, Elzbiéta Guzek-Soini, Leslie Howard, Arie Vardi, Alexander Braginsky and Aquiles Delle Vigne. In addition he has studied in the Arts Management Programme in Sibelius Academy.

During the latest seasons Pauli Kari has toured as a soloist with Finnish and Russian Symphony Orchestras playing Chopin´s, Tchaikowsky´s, Gershwin´s and Rachmaninoff´s Piano Concertos. He has also worked extensively with Beethoven´s Diabelli Variations by giving concerts in distinct places e.g. concert halls, churches, theaters (Broadway musical productions) and hospitals. Project with this Beethoven´s master piece has offered Pauli one of the most incredible experiences in his musical life.

In the current season Pauli Kari is starting a collaboration with MDR Leipzig Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Kristjan Järvi. The collaboration is being forged to unveil the work of Composer Selim Gustav Adolf Palmgren to German and eventually to international audiences. All five Palmgren’s concertos will be recorded, aiming at a release of all five concerti on CD. 

Upcoming season he will be touring with Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Kristjan Järvi premiering the 1st Piano Concerto “GREEN” of Finnish composer Severi Pyysalo. He has also been invited to record Beethoven´s Diabelli Variations for American Record label.

Along with career as a soloist Pauli Kari plays chamber music. PianoDuo ConFuego (Maria Männikkö & Pauli Kari) was born from a dream of a former pianist couple to play chamber music together. Duo has performed since 2012 with a Spanish-oriented repertoire in the major festivals and concert halls in Finland.

In his free time Pauli is a passionate environmentalist, snowboarder, mountain biker, rope skipper, practitioner of Astanga yoga and Kungfu.