Contestant 10: Tuomas Kyyhkynen
Tuomas Kyyhkynen (b.1987) from Finland started playing the piano at four, with his mother as a teacher, and went on to study at Sibelius Academy in 1999 under professor Erik T. Tawaststjerna. He has also been taught by Dmitri Bashkirov, Bella Davidovich, Pavel Gililov, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Angela Hewitt, Leon Fleisher and András Schiff, among others.
At 11, Tuomas played the D major concerto by Haydn with Tapiola Sinfonietta, his first performance as a soloist with an orchestra. Many more were to follow.
He is not a stranger to piano competitions either, having received the 2nd prize and a special prize donated by the Finnish broadcasting company, YLE, in the national piano competition “Jyväskylän pianokilpailu” in 2004. Kyyhkynen has also received numerous awards in international competitions – London International Piano Competition in 2009 and Maria Canals Piano Competition in 2011, to list a couple.
As mentioned, he made his first CD at the age of eleven, and performed in various occasions in Finland and as a soloist with many Finnish orchestras, including his debute with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Okko Kamu in November 2005.
But it is not only in his home country that people have been experiencing his tremendous skills. Tuomas has performed across Europe, as well as in Brazil, China, Japan, Hong Kong and USA, often with great critical acclaim.
Kyyhkynen has also appeared many times in Finnish National Radio and TV broadcasts on YLE as well as on Belgian Radio Channel RTBF, BBC Radio 3 and Chinese TV Channel CCTV.
Click here to see Tuomas performing Chopin’s Etude Op. 10 No. 8.