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Galway Cathedral Recitals

Tuomas Pyrhönen, organ

Tuomas Pyrhönen, organ (Finland)
Admission €12.00; concessions €10.00
Biographies

Tuomas Pyrhönen studied at the Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki obtaining his bachelor of music exam in 1994 and organ diploma in 1996, studying organ as professor Kari Jussila’s student in 1996. Immediately after that he studied at the Stuttgart Music University with professor Ludger Lohmann achieving his “Final artistic exam” there in summer 1998. Mr Pyrhönen has also supplemented his studies in Finland, the Netherlands, Italy and Great Britain. He studied privately organ improvisation with Anders Bondeman in Stockholm. Pyrhönen played his premiere concert at the Kallio church in Helsinki in December 1998. He has performed in Hungary, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, Norway, Iceland, Armenia, Ukraine, New Zealand, Poland and United States. Tuomas Pyrhönen likes contemporary music very much; but also he has transcribed piano and orchestral works for organ. Moreover he plays basic repertoire and seldom heard organ music and also improvises with pleasure as well. Pyrhönen has recorded four CDs. Tuomas Pyrhönen has worked in Joensuu parish as church musician since February, 2002. Beginning autumn 2010 he started his doctoral studies Finnish contemporary organ music as his subject at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki. He will be graduating there next year.

Programme

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Prelude and fugue in E minor, BWV 548

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Andante in F, KV 616

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Children’s scenes, op.15, transcribed by Tuomas Pyrhönen

Of foreign lands and peoples

A curious story

Blind man’s buff

A suppliant child

Perfect happiness

A great event

Reveries

At the fireside

Ride on cock-horse

Almost too serious

Frightening

A baby falling asleep

Hark! The poet speaks

Peteris Vasks (b. 1946)

Te Deum (1991)

Tuomas Pyrhönen (b. 1969)

A short improvisation on a given Irish theme

Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

From Pièces de Fantaisie, suite II, op. 53

Clair de lune

Toccata