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“Pauli Kari is a Finnish classical musician based in Turku. He has studied at the prestigious Sibelius Academy in Helsinki also attending master classes all over the world.
Pauli first got interested in music at the age of 3 when he found and was hooked on the old record of Brazilian rhythms and a Muppet’s Show on TV which led him to build his own drum kit and to this day he still credits these as one of his biggest influences. The drums led Pauli to the piano where in his own words he approaches with a drum attitude.
Pauli has played worldwide to great acclaim playing such venues as Carnegie Hall, Globen Stockholm and Bechstein Hall.
Pauli says, playing Carnegie Hall was a great honour but playing to 10,000 people in the Globen was one of his personal favourites.
Pauli took to the stage in Sibelius Hall Lahti with a laid back and relaxed attitude instantly putting the audience at ease. His approach to his instrument was calm and collected then releasing an energy and intensity of Balakirew´s Islamey, Lönnqvist´s transcription of Ysaÿe´s 3rd Violin Sonata and 3rd Concert Etude “Hands reunited” by Alkan which dominated the whole room.
His choice of pieces where taken from his personal favourites and executed with his own signature. He delivered the pieces to the audience with a beauty and ugliness, a love and hate that only a master musician can give.
Midway through the performance he performed his own improvisation, a delicate melody which if it was a colour would be light cherry red. From there he moved on to the orchestral waves of Chopin´s Andante Spianato&Grande Polonaise Brillante and Liszt´s Mephisto Walz Nr.1.
Pauli Kari is a fine example of Finnish Musicianship and a great ambassador for the Finnish musicians abroad.
Pauli is currently on a Finnish tour and early next year begins a world tour including Australia, USA, Canada and China. Next July he will perform in four concerts in Italy as a IBLA Grand Prize Nominee 2010.”
– Jarkko Repo, ISO-lehti 27th October 2009