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Contemporary Chamber Music Course with Eriikka Maalismaa (vl), Markus Hohti (vc), Emil Holmström (pf) and Petri Kumela (guit)


During the course young students and professionals have a chance to work with violinist Eriikka Maalismaa, cellist Markus Hohti, pianist Emil Holmström and guitarist Petri Kumela on chamber music and solo repertoire composed after the World War II. Registration is possible both as a solo musician and with an established duo or other chamber ensemble. The session ends with a public concert.

Petri Kumela and Piano Trio Tristero (Maalismaa, Hohti, Holmström) are leading musicians of their generation, known from their fertile work with contemporary music. They have cooperated in Finland and internationally with large number of composers of our time, both as solo musicians and with ensembles, giving numerous first performances of new compositions.

Profile of course participants:
• Age limit: Born after January 1st, 1986
• Course languages: English and Finnish

Course Fees

Course fee for active participants is 250 €. The fee includes participation in the course, open lessons and workshops, and free entrance to all of the festival concerts.

We also offer a chance to take part in Rebellion for Sale and Contemporary Chamber Music courses as a passive student. With a fee of 100 €, you can participate to the courses as a listener, excluding private lessons. The passive participant fee does not include free entrance to the festival concerts.


Documents to be submitted with the Registration form (all documents can be submitted or filled out online):
• Two recent examples of your performance (links)
• Short motivation letter including repertoire you wish to work on the course
• Short Curriculum vitae in English or Finnish (max 2 pages)

All text/image documents must be handed in as PDF. No audio/video files, please: use a streaming link instead.

Registration form: Registration for Time of Music Summer Academy 2021.

Petri Kumela  

Petri Kumela, one of Finland’s most versatile and sought-after classical guitarists, is equally at home with period instruments as in working with contemporary composers. He is also one of the Finnish guitarists best known on the international scene, with a reputation for originality. 

Kumela studied at the Helsinki Conservatory with Juan Antonio Muro and at the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg-Augsburg in Germany with Franz Halász. Winner of the first prize in the international Scandinavian Guitar Festival and Stafford Classical Guitar Recital competitions, Petri Kumela has appeared outside Finland in many European countries, South America, the United States, Russia, Japan, India and Bhutan.

At home in Finland, Petri Kumela has been heard at numerous festivals and in many concert series and he has been the soloist with f.ex. the Chamber Orchestra of Lappland, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Oulu Sinfonia and the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra with conductors Olari Elts, Rumon Gamba, Ann-Maria Helsing, Juha Kangas, Hannu Lintu, Dima Slobodeniouk and John Storgårds He is also an extremely active chamber musician, appearing with the Avanti!, Uusinta, defun, Insomnio, Tampere Raw and many other ensembles and musicians.

An artist with a special commitment to contemporary music, Petri Kumela has premiered nine guitar concertos and numerous solo and chamber works both in Finland and abroad by f.ex. Kalevi Aho, Antti Auvinen, Sebastian Hilli, Pehr Henrik Nordgren, Jesper Nordin, Minna Leinonen, Poul Ruders, José-María Sánchez-Verdu, Riikka Talvitie ja Lotta Wennäkoski.

Kumela was the artistic director for the chamber music series of the Nordic Music Days 2013 and the festival Sound of Sipoo started under his direction in Sipoo in 2017. He is also the co-curator for the concert series Hietsu is Happening! and Classical Hietsu. Petri Kumela teaches guitar at the Sibelius Academy and Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.

The ten recordings released so far by Petri Kumela have all won high critical acclaim. His latest album “Small Creatures – A Musical Bestiary” (2020) contains 35 miniature pieces for the guitar, each by a different living composer. It was selectrd as the Album of the Year by the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) and is nominated for the recording industry ́s EMMA- prize. Kumela has also made a number of recordings for the Finnish Broadcasting Company and other radio and television networks.

Eriikka Maalismaa

Violinist Eriikka Maalismaa is one of the most active musicians of the Finnish freelancer scene. She is an organizer and curator of the Classical Hietsu concert series, Wonderfeel Helsinki -festival and Ristiveto festival. She is a member of Avanti Chamber Orchestra and Quartet as well as Jousia Ensemble. Maalismaa has appeared as leader at orchestras such as the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Australian Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. She is a guest player at the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. At the moment Maalismaa is hugely interested in commissioning new works for violin, and has already given multiple first performances of works written for her, including violin concertos by Veli Kujala and Jouni Hirvelä. The Schumann Violin Sonatas for ALBA records won the prestigious Emma award for classical music in 2020.

Markus Hohti

Markus Hohti is a cellist of great versatility – equally at home whether playing classical or baroque cello, performing at contemporary music concerts, chamber music festivals, and jazz clubs. He has recently developed an interest in electro acoustic music and cross-genre projects. He performs actively as a soloist, chamber musician and with his own ensembles defunensemble, Uusinta Ensemble, Tristero Piano Trio (Eriikka Maalismaa, Markus Hohti, Emil Holmström) and Rödberg Trio (Antti Tikkanen, Markus Hohti, Joonas Ahonen). He has given premiere performances of hundreds of works and collaborated with many of the major composers of our time

As a chamber musician Markus has performed at major festivals and concert halls, including Kuhmo Chamber Music, Lucerne Festival, Salzburger Biennale, Tonhalle in Zurich and Berlin Filharmonie. He has premiered hundreds of new pieces and collaborated with renowned artists such as Ralf Gothoni, Cyprien Katsaris, Pierre Boulez, Sofia Gubaidulina, Jaime Martin, Alasdair Beatson, Thomas Demenga, Rainer Schmidt, Gordan Nikolic and Malin Broman. 

Markus’ most memorable solo performances include Brian Ferneyhough’s legendary ‘Time and Motion Study 2’ at the Helsinki Festival and Sebastian Fagerlund’s ‘Stone on Stone’ as a soloist with Avanti! Chamber Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu.

In 2011, the KLANG-concert series was born through Markus’ initiative at the Helsinki Music Centre. He is also a co-founder and co-director of Ristiveto Festival and Kino Soi! concert series. A committed and experienced pedagogue, Markus was appointed as a senior lecturer at Tampere University of Applied Sciences in 2014.

Emil Holmström

Pianist Emil Holmström has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and ensemble keyboard player throughout Europe, the Americas, Japan, and Australia. He appears frequently at Finnish music festivals and concert series and has been a featured soloist with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Lapland Chamber Orchestra, and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra. An ardent champion of new music, Holmström is a member Finnish groups defunensemble, the Uusinta Ensemble, and the Tristero Piano Trio, and plays as a regular guest with the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra. He has worked as a recording artist for Alba Records and the Finnish Broadcasting Company, and made numerous world premiere recordings. He runs the Ristiveto Collective, which specializes in performing late 19th-century music on period instruments

Tristero-trio (c) Ville Ranta
Petri Kumela (c) Marek Sabogal
Markus Hohti (c) Sakari Puhakka
Eriikka Maalismaa (c) Cata Portin, HBL
Emil Holmström (c) Touko Hujanen