Erik T. Tawaststjerna

Erik T. Tawaststjerna (“Ta-va-sher-na”) is Professor Emeritus at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He earned degrees from the Vienna Music Academy and the Juilliard School as well as a doctorate from New York University. After winning the second prize at the Finnish national Maj Lind piano competition in 1968 he has played concerts around the world. In 1990 he was invited to perform at the Akasaka Imperial Palace in Tokyo. He has recorded the complete piano music by Jean Sibelius (BIS records) and the four ballades of Chopin and given master classes at several major conservatoires in Europe and Asia. Many of his students have received prizes in international piano competitions. He has also been a jury member at international piano competitions in Fort Worth, Barcelona, Dublin, Valencia, Vilnius, London, Vienna, Oslo, New York, and Weimar, among other cities.