Uki Ovaskainen - Finland
Uki Ovaskainen is the winner of the 1. prize, the special prize “Contemporanea”, as well as the prize of the audience at “Premio Jaen” piano competition in Spain. He performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, at festivals such as “Contemporary piano faces” in Mariinsky Theatre, “Hagen Open”, International Burgos Music Festival, “Mattsee Diabellisommer”, “Weilburger Schlosskonzerte”, “Golden days of Copenhagen” and “Espoo International Piano Festival” . He played eight different solo recitals during 11 days at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, which is the biggest individual project ever at the Academy.
He studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, in Copenhagen with prof. Jose Ribera, and in Hannover Hochschule with prof. Matti Raekallio. He has also worked with renowned artists such as Pnina Salzman, Andras Schiff, Emanuel Krasovsky, Charles Rosen, Yahli Wagman and Fou Ts’ong.
Uki Ovaskainen has performed as a soloist a.o. with Mariinsky Orchestra in St.Petersburg and with Sjaelland and Aalborg Symphony Orchestras in Denmark, played in Konzerthaus in Vienna in chamber music concerts of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, worked as a correpetitor for “Opera Faber” in Portugal, played piano parts in professional orchestras in Denmark and in Serbia, worked with professional choirs, and performed at more than 200 concerts on four continents as a member and pianist of the “Tapiola Choir” He is the artistic organizer of the “Uki Ovaskainen Chamber Tour” in Denmark. As a mentor in the “Artlink” organization, he has been working with chamber ensembles with and without piano, as well as with a string orchestra. He works as an accompanist for strings at the Belgrade Faculty of music, but besides that performs equally with all string- and wind instruments, as well as with singers.