Tonight, Wednesday 27th February, the young Finnish pianist and composer Anniina Lehtinen, who has been living in Paris for over 5 years, is playing in Turku. The concert is at 1900 in the Sibelius Museum. Here is a short interview I did yesterday.
You have a piano recital in the beautiful Sibelius Museum in Turku this Wednesday. What’s on the programme?
Actually it’s a performance in collaboration with the Finnish visual artist Iiris-Lilja Kuosmanen. I’m playing 11 solo piano compositions of mine (60 min.) and she has filmed in various locations (Finland, France, Iran, Nepal, Italy) videos, that will be projected as I’m playing. The theme is water.
How I wish I could be there to hear you both. How did you and Iris-Iilja create the material for this performance?
We met a couple of years ago and were very interested in each others artistic work. We both liked each others artistic universe and thought it would be fun to create something together. First we had no idea what it should be about, but she started to shoot some video material (in Paris and during her time in various artistic residencies) on some of my piano pieces. I already had some pieces about water and finally it became really all about water.
How long have you both been working on it?
We’ve been working on this since the beginning of 2018 and it has evolved with every performance (new videos, new music). During each performance there are also some photos taken by Iiris and a photo installation.
So it’s a growing, flowing work? Is there room for improvisation by either artist during the performance, or have you worked everything out before your workshops and rehearsals?
Exactly! Growing and flowing work. We’ve worked everything out before the performance. No improvisation during the show, although that could be an interesting direction to take.
Just behind your concert venue the river Aura in February is usually icy and snowy. Maybe this year it’s melted. In any case, whether static or flowing, it’s all water, and I’m sure will be a very supportive listener to your concert. All the best and I hope there will be a clip soon!