Janne Oksanen and Charlie Parker April in Paris
Janne Oksanen (b. 1994) is one of the most prominent finnish pianists of his age. He has performed in various venues playing solo and chamber music widely in Finland and abroad in countries suchas France, Belgium, Italy, Hungary, Denmark and Lithuania. He played his first full piano recital at the age of 15 in the Autumn 2009 and gave his orchestral soloist debute in 2011 with Tapiola YouthSymphony and Jan Söderblom. He has also worked with conductors like Santtu-Matias Rouvali and Erkki Lasonpalo in SE Ensemble. In the summer 2014 he gave more than 20 concerts, including 5 solo recitals and performances in Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival and in the Sibelius Finland Experience- concert series in Helsinki Music Centre.
Oksanen started playing piano in the age of 7 with Ritva Lehtelä. During 2002-2013 he studied in the Espoo Music Institute with several teachers, the most important ones being Rebekka Angervo and Teppo Koivisto. In the years 2006-2008 he also studied the classical guitar with Osmo Palmu. After graduating from high school he went on to pursue a career as a pianist and entered the Sibelius Academy in the Autumn 2013, continuing his studies with Koivisto. Currently he is studying in the Paris Conservatoire (CNSMDP) with professor Denis Pascal as an exchange student. He has also taken part in various masterclasses with professors such as Konstantin Bogino, Pascal Devoyon, Alberto Nose, Matti Raekallio, Liisa Pohjola, Erik T. Tawastsjerna and Henri Sigfridsson.
Oksanen has participated in various piano competitions. He has been awarded the Special Prize for ”Young Talented Pianist” in the Leevi Madetoja Piano Competition in Finland 2012 and the 3rd Prize in the International Citta di Ghioggia Piano Competition in Italy 2009. He was also a semifinalist in the International Stasys Vainiunas Piano Competition in Lithuania 2014 and the Nordic Piano Competition in Denmark 2013.
In addition to piano playing, Oksanen has also studied conducting with Jorma Panula and Tuomas Hannikainen in 2011-2012. This intensive year of conducting studies gave him a much wider approach to music and opened new horizons – also as a pianist. In summer 2012 he participated a conducting masterclass of Anna Rombach in Liminka, Finland, where he conducted the student symphony orchestra. Even though for the moment Oksanen focuses on the piano, it is possible he will take up conducting again later.
Composing his own music and arranging others’ has been a crucial part of Oksanen’s development as a musician. As a composer, there are no boundaries for him in terms of genre. He has composed classical, pop, rock and jazz. In 2013 he performed his own piano piece ”Nocturne in B Minor” in the Nordic Piano Competition in Denmark 2013, which was extremely well received both from the audience and the jury. In 2010 he composed songs to his 9th grade’s school musical ”Sirkus” (Circus). He was also the band leader and keyboardist in the same musical, which was performed 6 times in Espoo Culture Center. As an arranger, he began his work last summer 2014 by writing a transcription of Jean Sibelius’ Finlandia for two pianos.