Ere Lievonen  –  Biography

Ere Lievonen

Ere Lievonen is active as a performer on harpsichord, piano, fortepiano and organ, and as a composer. As a performer he is specialized in historical performance practice and historical keyboard instruments, as well as in contemporary music, especially contemporary music on harpsichord and other period instruments. He has performed as a soloist and as a chamber musician at numerous early and contemporary music festivals in several European countries and the USA, and has given the first performances of nearly 200 works.

Born 1972 in Oulu, Finland, he began his musical studies in his home town at an early age, and continued them at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He finished his studies in the Netherlands, where he lives since 1997, and where he has obtained degrees in organ and harpsichord playing, historical pianos, early music and contemporary music from the conservatories of Amsterdam, Utrecht and The Hague. His teachers have included Jacques van Oortmerssen, Bart van Oort, Jacques Ogg, Siebe Henstra, Annelie de Man and Miklós Spányi, and at masterclasses Jean Boyer, Hans-Ola Ericsson, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Andrea Marcon, Zsigmond Szathmáry, Malcolm Bilson, Stanley Hoogland and others.

Besides giving solo concerts, Ere Lievonen is an active chamber musician. In 2011 he founded ’Salon Eusebius’, an ensemble that plays chamber music of the 18th and 19th centuries on historical instruments. He also performs four-hand fortepiano music with Tullia Melandri, and plays harpsichord in the baroque ensembles ALGO and ’Beauty and the Beasts’.

He is a member in the contemporary music ensembles Hexnut and Scala. He is a founding member of Ensemble Ambrosius, a Finnish ensemble that plays new music on period instruments, and has recorded two CDs with music by Frank Zappa. Lievonen has also played keyboard instruments in various professional orchestras, such as the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Noord-Nederlands Orkest.

Since 2009 he is the organist at the unique microtonal ’Fokker’ organ in the ’Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ’ concert hall in Amsterdam. He also regularly plays on the historical organ in the Geertekerk in Utrecht.

Ere Lievonen’s compositions have been performed at several festivals, such as the Young Nordic Music festivals and the Nordic Music Days, as well as at other concerts in several European countries, Australia and Thailand. His composition teachers have included Olli Kortekangas and, in Amsterdam, Rafael Reina, with whom he also studied the theory of Carnatic (South Indian classical) music. Influences of Carnatic music, as well as other non-Western musics, can indeed be heard in several of his compositions. Another area of special interest for him is microtonal music. He has also written many arrangements and transcriptions for different performers. He is a member of the Society of Finnish Composers.