Helsinki Chamber Music Festival: “Klasari viihteellä”

Wednesday, July 5th 2017: Bryggerin lava. Performing Noaiddi and Aurinko isäni by composer Aija Puurtinen.

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New York: Great Reviews for Wing on Wing

” (..) their parts were sung with voluptuous colorings by the sisters Anu and Piia Komsi.” New York Times
“Sister sopranos Anu and Piia Komsi were extraordinary in the stratospheric vocal parts, starting onstage and reappearing in other spots around the hall.” New York Classical Review

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May 19th: Premiere with New York Philharmonic

Coming soon: The New York premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’sWing on Wing, with sopranos Piia Komsi and Anu Komsi and the New York Philharmonic!

Wing on Wing is included in the program of ‘Alan Gilbert’s Farewell Concerts’, titled ‘Kavakos Plays Brahms’.

There will be three performances on the stage of the David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center:

Friday, May 19th, Saturday, May 20th, and Tuesday, May 23rd.

New York Philharmonic


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Rave Reviews for Sirens Cycle

World Premiere: Péter Eötvös’ The Sirens Cycle, Wigmore Hall London
Piia Komsi performing with the the Calder Quartet, October 1st, 2016

“And the outstanding soprano Piia Komsi, taking over from Barbara Hannigan, was equal to its extreme demands, smoothly switching between English, ancient Greek and German.” – Hannah Nepil, Financial Times

“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

“Although Barbara Hannigan was scheduled to sing, I was thrilled to hear that Piia Komsi was stepping in at very short notice indeed, for Komsi’s voice is phenomenal, capable of extremes of pitch and textures beyond the range of most, combined with extraordinarily crisp articulation. Her voice is almost superhumanly elastic, her diction precise even in phrases as convoluted as those thrown at her by Joyce and Eötvös. She embodied the Sirens, supernatural beings who defy the boundaries of Nature. Komsi’s death-defying flights up and down the scale could drive one mad with rapture. Komsi is a vocal gymnast, but so poised that she can make the ethereal sound perfectly natural. (..) Eötvös captures the metre of the poet’s individual language. The lines seem to curve upon themselves like sonorous echoes. The Sirens (or rather Komsi and the Calder Quartet) seduce in honeyed tones: Komsi’s voice warms sensuously, the violins, viola and cello singing along with her, in luscious chorus.” – Anne Ozorio,  Opera Today

“The focus of the evening was the world premiere of Eötvös’s The Sirens Cycle, settings of James Joyce, Homer and Kafka for high soprano. The extraordinarily demanding vocals were taken on superbly by Piia Komsi (sister of Anu) at short notice, following the withdrawal of Barbara Hannigan. Komsi was amazing.” – Amanda-Jane Doran, Classical Source

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World Premiere: Piia Komsi and Calder Quartet: The Siren’s Cycle by Peter Eötvös

Wigmore Hall, London, Saturday 1 October 2016 7:30PM

“Soprano Piia Komsi, known for her daring musicality and highly expressive performances, is celebrated around the world for her interpretations of contemporary repertoire. She joins the Calder Quartet, winner of the 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, for the world première of The SIRENS CYCLE by Peter Eötvös.

The Hungarian composer’s new score for Wigmore Hall explores the full range of Hannigan’s striking coloratura voice. The programme opens with Korrespondenz, a series of three vivid ‘scenes’ for string quartet completed in 1993.”

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Warsaw Autumn: Le Malentendu

Piia Komsi performing the role of Martha in the European premiere of Fabian Panisello’s opera Le Malentendu. Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music, September 17, 2016

Program September 17th

Program September 18th


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Kokkolan Oopperakesä 21. – 24.7.2016

Torstai 21.7.2016 klo 20 Kaarlelan kirkko:

F.Couperin:Leçons de Ténèbres / Hämärän lauluja / Dunklets läsningar
Esiintyjät: Anu Komsi, Piia Komsi, sopraano
Lauri Pulakka, continuo, viola da gamba
Jouko Laivuori, continuo, urut
Eero Palviainen, continuo, luuttu

Ohjelma: Hämärän lauluja, Kaarlelan kirkko 210716

Perjantai 22.7. & lauantai 23.7.2016 klo 19 Ykspihlajan toimitalo:

Heinz-Juhani Hofmann: Ahti Karjalainen – Elämä, Kekkonen ja teot
Esiintyjät: Kekkonen: Anu Komsi, sopraano
Kraut: Pia Komsi, sopraano ja sello
Ahti Karjalainen:Herman Wallén
Viina: Annika Mylläri
Kapellimestari Erkki Lasonpalo
Kokkolan Opera Ensemble

Kokkolan Oopperakesä

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Concert in Budapest: Here and Now – Piia Komsi and Péter Nagy

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Piia Komsi will perform together with pianist Péter Nagy at the Liszt Academy Concert Center in Budapest, on the 16th of February 2016.


Schubert: Sehnsucht (D. 310)
Webern: Nachtgebet der Braut
Webern: Ideale Landschaft
Webern: Bild der Liebe
Zemlinsky: Ahnung Beatricens
Schoenberg: Deinem Blick mich zu bequemen
György Kurtág: Three Old Inscriptions, Op. 25 intermission
György Kurtág: Requiem, op. 26
Schubert: An die Sonne (D. 439)
Zoltán Jeney: Eight Songs to Poems by Dezs? Tandori
Schubert: Klärchens Lied (D. 210)
Cage: Cheap imitation No. 47 (Queen of the Night)
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3.11.2015 Tampere-talo: Bachianas Brasileiras

Bachianas Brasileiras
Ti 3.11.2015 klo 19 Pieni sali, Tampere-talo

Piia Tamperemartti
Piia Komsi ja Martti Rousi

Kahdeksanhenkinen sello-orkesteri ja huippusopraano Piia Komsi saapuvat Tampere-taloon vivahteikkaalla ohjelmistolla. Kokoonpano hurmasi täyden konserttisalin Pietarin Mariinskissa alkuvuodesta 2015.

Konsertissa esiintyy Sibelius-Akatemian sellonsoiton professori Martti Rousin kokoama kahdeksan suomalaisen huippusellistin orkesteri. Sopraanosolisti Piia Komsi konsertoi ahkerasti maailmalla: BBC Proms Lontoossa kesällä 2015, ja tulevana kautena 2016 New York Philharmonic Orchestran solistina.

Konsertin avaa viime kesänä kansainvälisen Tšaikovski-sellokilpailun finaalissa soittanut, vasta 17-vuotias Jonathan Roozeman Luigi Boccherinin teoksella Cello Sonata in A major, G.4. Tässä videossa Roozeman soittaa huippukapellimestari Gergievin kanssa Moskovassa Tshaikovski-kilpailujen voittajien konsertissa.

Konsertissa kuullaan myös maailman kantaesitys, Sauli Zinovjevin Charged (2015) kahdeksalle sellolle.


Boccherini: Cello Sonata in A major, G.4
Wagner: Lohengrin-katkelma 4 sellolle
Gubaidulina: Fata Morgana 8 sellolle
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras nr 1 8 sellolle
Zinovjev: Charged 8 sellolle
Gershwin: Summertime
V ä l i a i k a
Tšaikovski: Andante Cantabile 5 sellolle
Aija Puurtinen: Noita ja Aurinko Isäni sopraanolle ja 4 sellolle
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras nr 5

Martti Rousi
Jaani Helander
Lauri Kankkunen
Jonathan Roozeman
Markus Hallikainen
Oskari Holopainen
Barbara Musafia
Lauri Rantamoijanen

Tuotanto Tampere-talo

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Yle Areena Radio: Säveltäjämuotokuvia – Heinz-Juhani Hofman

Piia Komsi Yle Radion sarjassa Ajassa soi – nyt kuunneltavissa Yle Areena Radiossa:

Ville Kompan toimittamassa säveltäjämuotokuvassa vierailee tällä kertaa Heinz-Juhani Hofmann. Ohjelman aluksi säveltäjä kertoo teoksestaan “Pirstaleita”, jonka tekstit ovat runoilija Joni Pyysalolta.

Pirstaleita (Piia Komsi, sopraano, ja Minna Pensola, viulu)

Isän kuolema (Piia Komsi, sopraano ja sello)

katkelma monologioopperasta Ihmissydän (Jutta Seppinen, mezzosopraano)

Neljäs kohtaus oopperasta Ahti Karjalainen – elämä, Kekkonen ja teot (Herman Wallen, baritoni, Anu Komsi, Piia Komsi ja Annika Mylläri, sopraano, Kokkola Opera Ensemble/Erkki Lasonpalo)

Toimittajana Ville Komppa.
(teksti Yle Areena Radio)

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