Festivaalin historia

The Nordic Historical Keyboard Festivalin perustivat Kuopioon Michael Tsalka ja Anna Maria McElwain vuonna 2012. Se aloitti historiallisia klaveerisoittimia esittelevänä festivaalina ja käsitti jo heti alussa parikymmentä konserttia kymmenen päivän aikajaksolla, esiintyjiä kolmesta maanosasta, musiikkia renessanssista nykypäivään, lukuisia kantaesityksiä, mestarikursseja. Sittemmin festivaalin painopiste on kallistunut klavikordeihin, jotka on estradilla lähes kaikissa festivaalin konserteissa. Vuonna 2014 festivaalin yhteydessä järjestettiin ensimmäinen kansainvälinen klavikordikilpailu, joka oli ensimmäinen laatuaan soittimen 700-vuotisessa historiassa. Finalisteja saapui Kuopioon kahdeksasta maasta. Vuonna 2018 kilpailtiin jälleen, tällä kertaa klavikordisävellyskilpailun muodossa. Festivaali on houkutellut vuodesta toiseen niin maailman huippuja klavikordissa kuin sen rakastajia harrastelijatasolla. Se on tällä hetkellä ainoa tämän mittakaavan tapahtuma maailmassa, joka painottuu klavikordeihin. Keväällä 2022 festivaali järjestetään kymmenennen kerran.


The history of the festival

The Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival was founded by Dr Michael Tsalka and Anna Maria McElwain in 2012 in Kuopio, Finland. It started as a general historical keyboard festival and offered since its beginning 20 recitals during a ten day period, performers from three continents, music from the Renaissance to numerous World Premieres each year as well as master classes. In a few years the festival's emphasis shifted to the clavichords, which are now presented in almost every concert given. In 2014 The First International Clavichord Competition was arranged at the festival. It was the first of its kind in the 700-year history of the instrument. Finalists arrived in Kuopio from eight countries. In 2018 another competition took place, this time in clavichord composition. Year after year the festival has drawn both top clavichordists as well as amateur lovers of the instrument to Kuopio. At the moment it is the only international event focusing on the clavichords of this magnitude. The festival will have it's 10th anniversary in spring of 2022.

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Participants of the second Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival in Kuopio, Finland, 2013, including Dr Angelica Minero Escobar, Dr Joyce Lindorff, Dr Pekka Vapaavuori and Dr Michael Tsalka.

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Performers after a duo clavichord concert. From left to right: Albert Mühlböck, Jocelyne Cuiller, Dalyn Cook, Esther Yae Ji Kim, Anna Maria McElwain and Joel Speerstra

About the Clavichord

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The clavichorf was mentioned for the first time in historical sources in the 15th century and they were built still in the beginning of the 19th century. Even though it is the world's most quiet instrument, it is extremely rich in expression. It is the only acoustic keyboard instrument with which one can play the vibrato, or bebung. It is said to have been the favorite instrument of Johann Sebastian Bach, which the composer considered to be better than any other instrument in interpreting the finest nyances of his works. After losing its importance in other parts of Europe, it continued to be popular in the German cultural are and in the Iberian peninsula, where it was in common use until the end of the 18 century. Around that time a unique kind of clavichord was developed in Sweden, which was built actively until the middle of the 19th century. 



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