“Nikkanen’s impressive musical accomplishments earned
him the prestigious Sibelius Medal for Important work as
an interpreter of the life work and the legacy of Jean Sibelius.”
Sibelius Society, 2016
One of the most remarkable pianists and interpreters of the music of Sibelius.
Finnish pianist Tuomas Nikkanen is known for his exciting, powerful and unique interpretations. He has won numerous prizes at national and international competitions including the “Best Young Performer” at the International Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz, Poland in 1998, the “Best Performance” at the International M.K. Ciurlionis Piano Competition in Vilnius, Lithuania in 1999, and many more. Nikkanen developed his unique style of playing at the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki where he studied with Juhani Lagerspetz, Liisa Pohjola and Erik Tawaststjerna.
In 2016, Nikkanen’s impressive musical accomplishments earned him the prestigious Sibelius Medal for “Important work as an interpreter of the life work and the legacy of Jean Sibelius”, an honor awarded to him by the Hämeenlinna Sibelius Society after his recording release of Sibelius’ 10 Pieces Op. 24. Apart from the piano, Nikkanen is also the founder and director of Iittalan Musiikin Kesä, a chamber music festival held every summer in Finland.