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Photo: Kaapo Kamu



Eero Heinonenperforms as a soloist, chamber musician and lied pianist.

He has performed as a soloist in several European orchestras and in Finland, e.g. With the Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki City Orchestra, Sinfonia Lahti and all other professional orchestras. He has performed with well-known conductors such as Paavo Berglund, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Osmo Vänskä, Leif Segerstam, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Hannu Lintu, John Storgårds, Klaus Mäkelä, George Malcolm, Igor Bezrodnyi, Arvid Jansons, Muhai Tang, Moshe Atzmon and Rudolf Baumgartner.

Eero Heinonen's extensive repertoire includes e.g. Mozart's entire piano concert production, which he has performed with Okko Kamu and the Helsinki Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed Mozart's concertos in e.g. With Stockholm Sinfonietta, Luzern Festival Strings, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and Tapiola Sinfonietta. His repertoire also includes all of Beethoven's concertos as well as a large number of 19th and 20th century concertos, also plenty of domestic works.

Eero Heinonen has held his own solo concerts in addition to Finland, e.g. In Tukhoma's Berwald Hall, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Tokyo's Casals Hall and London's Wigmore Hall, as well as at several international music festivals. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed e.g. At festivals in Edinburgh, Lucerne, Krakow, St. Petersburg and Georgia, as well as domestic music festivals, e.g. During the festive weeks in Helsinki, in Naantali, Kuhmo, Savonlinna, Riihimäki, Mänttä and Turku. As a chamber musician and lied pianist, his partners have been e.g. Pierre Fournier, Miriam Fried, Lisa Batiashvili, Liana Isakadze, Arto Noras, Martti Talvela, Tom Krause and Peter Schreier.

Eero Heinonen has recorded for the BIS, Finlandia and Ondine labels and made countless radio recordings in Finland and abroad. The complete recording of Sibelius's piano music, published in 2000, has received international attention, and Heinonen has played Sibelius concerts in addition to Finland and e.g. In Stockholm, Berlin, Paris and London. In 2021, a new Sibelius recording containing four opuses will appear on the Brilliant Classics label.

Eero Heinonen's career as a pianist began with the first prize in the national Maj Lind competition in 1966. He studied privately under Astrid Joutseno, at the Turku Music Academy under Tarmo Huovinen, and under Dmitri Bashkirov at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. In the 1974 international Tchaikovsky competition, he was a finalist.

Eero Heinonen is a well-known pedagogue, and he has taught at the Sibelius Academy since 1977. He holds master classes at international music festivals and in many European conservatories and music universities.

Eero Heinonen has been awarded the Danish Sonning scholarship in 1979, the Finland Prize of the Finnish Ministry of Culture in 1999 and the Hämeenlinna Sibelius Society medal in 2000. In 2010, Eero Heinonen was awarded the title of professor.

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