Raija Kerppo

Photo: Sakari Majantie

Finnish pianist Raija Kerppo began her musical training at the conservatory of her hometown of Turku and continued under Professor Erik T. Tawaststjerna at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. She completed her studies with Martin Canin at The Juilliard School in New York. She received first prize at the national Maj Lind Piano Competition in Helsinki in 1986, and three years later won the top prize at the Nordic Piano Competition in Denmark.

She has performed with important Finnish orchestras such as the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra with such conductors as Juha Kangas, Sakari Oramo and Osmo Vänskä, as well as with the Swedish Radio Orchestra with Leif Segerstam. She has also appeared with the Camerata Academica Salzburg in the Salzburg Mozarteum and the Vienna Konzerthaus.

Chamber music has always held a special place among Raija Kerppo’s musical interests and she has been invited to the most prestigious festivals of her country, including Helsinki, Kuhmo and Turku. She has appeared intensively with violinist Pekka Kuusisto, a collaboration, which has taken her, to mention a few, to the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, the Bergen Festival, the Musikfest Bremen and London’s Wigmore Hall. 

Raija Kerppo’s discography includes an award-winning recording of Selim Palmgren’s Fifth Piano Concerto as well as chamber music with violinists Kaija Saarikettu and Pekka Kuusisto.