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Summer concert: Domenico Ermirio - Folke Gräsbeck



Summer concert: Domenico Ermirio - Folke Gräsbeck

in Lohja, Saturday 26.8.2017 at 5pm


Domenico Ermirio, sello – cello

Folke Gräsbeck, piano



JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1865–1750), arr. FERRUCCIO BUSONI (1866–1924):

For cello and piano:
Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, BWV 903, BV B 38


For cello and piano:
Kultaselle – To My Darling, Variations over a Finnish Folk Song BV 237


For piano:

...Jeu pour Birba... (2010)

CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862–1918):

Sonata (1915)
I Prologue: Lent, sostenuto e molto risoluto
II Sérénade: Modérément animé
III Finale: Animé, léger et nerveux

* * * Intermission * * *

JEAN SIBELIUS (1865–1957): The Mystery of Lulu

For cello and piano:
in F sharp minor, JS 13 (1889)
‘The Lulu Waltz’ in F sharp minor, JS 194 (1889)

For piano:

in D major
“Till Emma Kristina Marie-Louise Berndtson. Lulu.” (28.7.1889)
Caprice, Op. 24 No. 3 (1898, versions 1. and 2.)

For cello and piano:

Malinconia, op. 20 (1900)

For piano:

Finlandia op. 26 (1899, arr. for piano by the composer 1900)


Domenico Ermirio has been playing cello since he was eight. He took the degree in 2008 at Genoa's “N. Paganini” Conservatory (Italy) in the class of Nevio Zanardi. Then he studied with Dario Destefano. He has recently concluded the study of the Master in Music Performance with Johannes Goritzki in Lugano’s Conservatory (Switzerland).

He attended various masterclasses: in Alessandria's Conservatory, in 2009 the Summer Courses in Bergolo (CN), in 2007 the Gargano Masters in Vieste (FG) and in 2011 the Summer Courses in Castelnuovo Don Bosco (AT), all with Dario Destefano. In 2012 he joined the project Study Abroad at the University of Georgia Athens (U.S.A.) organized together with Alessandria's Conservatory, with solo and chamber music lessons given by Hugh Hogdson School of Music's teachers David Starkweather and Evgeny Rivkin.

He spends a lot of activity in chamber groups with different performances both in Italy and abroad. He played for Amici del Nuovo Carlo Felice e del Conservatorio “Paganini” e Liguria Eventi (Genoa), Piemonte in Musica (Alessandria), Associazione Culturale Secondo Maggio (Milan). He played in the United States Hugh Hodgson School of Music, Athens, as part of the project Study Abroad) in Piano trio with Giulia Ermirio (violin) and Chris Iuliano (piano), with a recording for a project “Tra Sogno e Realtà”. In France he takes part to “Suona Italiano” a series of performances in different French music schools (Orléans and Châteauroux Conservatories and the Young Orchestras Alfred Loewenguth in Paris) playing the chamber music of the great Italian opera's composers: Gioacchino Rossini, Giacomo Puccini and Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari. He has been playing since 2010 with the cello group Dodecacellos with many exhibitions in Northern Italy. His interest in contemporary music meets the Dynamis Ensemble, conducted by Javier Torres Maldonado with performances in Parma.

Folke Gräsbeck has performed more than 400 of Sibelius’s c. 600 compositions, and he is one of the main performers of the SIBELIUS EDITION, a collection of 68 CDs released during 2007–2011 by BIS Records. Among his 24 CD-discs in this series he plays Sibelius’s complete piano solo works on 10 CDs, which were commented in the paper Fanfare (US): “Sibelius's output for solo piano will likely never again be recorded as comprehensively or as well.”In addition 52 songs, the piano quintet, the piano quartets, piano trios and separate pieces for violin or cello and piano, as well as many original transcriptions by Sibelius for voice(s) and piano. These 24 CDs were made during an intense period of recordings during 1996–2010. In 2009 he was awarded the Cross of Merit of Finland’s Lion’s Order by the Finnish President Tarja Halonen. In December 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Sibelius Medal.

He has undertaken many work projects in Italy. In 2005 he was teaching master classes in Rome, 2007 in Parma, 2010 in Alessandria (extensive master classes with Scandinavian-Nordic repertoir). In 2012 a special tour with concerts in Genova, Milano and Alessandria with piano quintets composed by composers visiting the Ligurian Riviera, Theodore Antoniou, Federico Ermirio, Edward Elgar and Jean Sibelius.

Folke Gräsbeck studied the piano under Tarmo Huovinen at the Turku Conservatory and won first prize as 17-years-old in the Maj Lind Competition in 1973, playing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in the final round. He made numerous study visits to London, where he was taught privately by Maria Curcio-Diamand, a pupil of Arthur Schnabel. He has been a senior teacher accompanist at the Sibelius Academy since 1985, and became a Master of Music there in 1997. He held his doctoral disputation in 2008 over the thesis ‘The Piano in Sibelius’s Youth Production’. He has given performances as a recitalist, chamber player and Lied accompanist in many European countries, USA, UAE, Japan, Israel, Egypt, Lebanon, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mexico, etc.


Photo: Domenico Ermirio and Folke Gräsbeck performing at a concert in Santa Margherita in on 9th October 2015, included in the Sibelius Festival – Golfo del Tigullio.




Data: Sab 26 Ago 2017

Orario: Alle 17:00

In collaborazione con : Sibelius Festival Golfo del Tigullio, Istituto Ita

Ingresso : A pagamento


Kässän Talo, Tynninharjuntie 21, Virkkala