“Bravissima La Komsi!”
Soprano coloratura Piia Komsi is known for her virtuoso technique, and exceptionally high and expressive voice. She performs baroque, classical, and modern repertoire with remarkable ease. Many contemporary composers have written music especially for her voice. Her very latest success is the role of Medea in Dusapin’s Medeamaterial, performed at Bologna Modern 2017 to excellent reviews:
“Piia Komsi was magnificent, a coloratura soprano with astounding expressive skills. She interprets the lament with her voice, the sounds she produces come from deep within her head, using instruments of the rarest agility and precision. Her singing is music, her body an instrument perfectly tuned and trained. This is an excellent performance, which confirms her reputation as a truly great coloratura soprano whose technique and musicality are of the finest.” – David Tosci, OperaClick
Piia Komsi performed with the BBC Wales in the Proms Festival 2016, made her successful debut with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in April 2017, and has recently performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican.
Piia Komsi is a sought-after international performer whose vocal acrobatics, excellent musicianship and artistic talent have taken her all over the world. She debuted at Wigmore Hall in October 2016, performing Péter Eötvös’ world premiere The Sirens Cycle to excellent reviews:
“Most of all, though, the whole 40-minute work sets a fearsome test for any coloratura soprano, and Komsi passed it superbly, meeting every challenge with real operatic brilliance.” – Andrew Clements, The Guardian
Her astoundingly large range is exemplified in the roles of Venus/Gepopo in Le Grand Macabre by Ligeti, Pamina and the Queen of the Night (Magic Flute), the cello playing Daughter (Komsi began her career as a cellist) Kraut in Ahti Karjalainen by Heinz-Juhani Hofmann, and Brünnhilde in The Ring Saga by Richard Wagner and Jonathan Dove. She received outstanding critiques for these very demanding roles.
“The Finnish soprano, Piia Komsi, one of the most extraordinary signers heard in years, forms an impressive Medea, musically exact and dramaticallly immeasurable. Her performance was not only given an ovation by the public, but also — and with an effusiveness rarely seen in an operatic performance — by the instrumentalists and choir; the composer, Dusapin, who came from Paris, especially for the Argentine premiere, picked her up in his arms.”
[Clarín: Federico Monjeau]
Piia Komsi’s latest CD is a new recording of Zoltán Jeney’s Wohin (Presto Classical). The CD Ahti Karjalainen: Elämä, Kekkonen ja teot by Heinz-Juhani Hofman (Alba) represents her first recording as a soprano-cellist. The recording was also nominated for an Emma-award (Best Classical Recording) in 2016. Solaris (Proprius/Naxos) includes spiritual music from different centuries: from the baroque era until our time. The reviews were excellent: “The best art CD of the year” (Kotimaa News). The CD Gamba Nova won the classical music EMMA Prize of 2008 for “Baroque performers with skill and traditional knowledge, who form a bridge between old and new by choosing composers of our time who in turn, inspired by the performers themselves, created something new”.
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Koloratuurisopraano Piia Komsin ääni on harvinaislaatuinen niin rekisterin laajuuden, sointivärien kirjon, dynaamisen skaalan kuin ilmiömäisen notkeudenkin osalta. Harvinaisen laajan ohjelmistonsa barokista nykymusiikkiin ja syvällisen muusikkoutensa ansiosta hän on kansainvälisesti kysytty sopraano, ja monet nykysäveltäjät ovat kirjoittaneet teoksia hänen äänelleen. Sellistinä muusikonuransa aloittanut Piia Komsi esiintyy myös maailman ainoana koloratuurisopaanosellistinä samaan aikaan sekä laulaen että soittaen hänelle sävellettyjä teoksia. Hänen uusimpia kiitettyjä oopperaroolejaan ovat olleet Venus/Gepopo (Le Grand Macabre), Pamina (Taikahuilu), selloa soittava Kraut-tytär (Ahti Karjalainen – elämä ja teot) Brünnhilde (Ring Saga). Häneltä on juuri ilmestynyt uusi levy, joka on myös hänen ensimmäinen levytyksensä sopraanosellistinä: Ahti Karjalainen: Elämä, Kekkonen ja teot, säveltäjä Heinz-Juhani Hofman(Alba)
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