”In the most subtle parts Kleemola’s control of the timbre seems to create entire worlds”
“…his performances are inspirational.”
”Kleemola´s playing is consistently excellent and he has a huge range of timbre and dynamics”
”A capacity audience basked not just in a beautiful sunlit morning, but in the spellbinding glow of this guitar recital by the young Finnish maestro Patrik Kleemola”
”Kleemola´s performances are outstanding. No new techniques, no virtuosic demands, cause him any difficulty…”
”His virtuosity, which changes instantly between different playing techniques, always giving the music a plastic expression”
Patrik Kleemola is an outstanding Finnish guitarist we’ve been keeping our eye on for some time now. In recent years he’s been commissioning and performing some amazing new work for the guitar, as well as delving deep into some of the classical guitar’s most cherished repertoire. One need look no further than his YouTube videos of the works of Matteo Carcassi and Fernando Sor to appreciate the rare refinement and musicality in his playing, as he breathes life into what many might dismiss as mere studies. Patrik will bring his love of old and new music to his Delaware debut, for a night of captivating music like no other.
Works by Bach, Couperin, Weiss, Sor, Heiniö (world premiere tour), and Villa-Lobos.
Guest Opening Artist: TBD
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3/21/20: Patrik Kleemola will be teaching a masterclass in the afternoon of Saturday, March 21 at 1:30 pm in the West Room of Presbyterian Church of the Covenant. The masterclass is free to observe and open to the public, but registration is required. Register as an auditor to sit in and hear what Mr. Kleemola has to teach our guest performers, or register as a performer for your chance to perform for Patrik and have him critique your performance (a small tuition fee applies). Register as either an auditor or performer in our Online Store.
Patrik Kleemola (b.1981) is one of the foremost Finnish classical guitarists. After winning the II Guitaristival “Takemitsu” International Guitar Competition in Finland 2004 and gaining prizes in other competitions such as Gargnano’s International Guitar Competition, his concert career has taken him to London, Buenos Aires, Rome, Dublin, Milan, Athens, Turin, Florence, Tallinn, Oberstdorf, Helsinki and other cities in South America and Europe.
He has appeared as soloist on important music festivals such as Bergamo Festival Internazionale della Cultura (Italy), LACCS – concert series at London’s Queen Elisabeth Hall, Turku Music Festival (Finland), Tallinn Guitar Festival (Estonia), Nuovi Spazi Musicali (Italy), Festival 5 Giornate (Italy), Limina Festival (Argentina), Feria del Libro (Uruguay) and Lidköping Music Festival (Sweden). Kleemola has performed guitar concertos by Rodrigo, Ponce, Takemitsu, Giuliani, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Vivaldi and Maggio with Orquesta Sinfonica de la Juventud Venezuelana El Sistema, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali, San Remo Symphony Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and Lecce Symphony Orchestra. Kleemola plays regularly chamber music with various international ensembles and soloists.
Kleemola’s wide repertoire includes music from the early Italian 16th century to the newest comtemporary compositions written for him. Kleemola’s intense collaboration with composers has led to 50 premieres of contemporary works for guitar including concertos, chamber music and solo works. Composers like Ada Gentile, Mikko Heiniö, Juha T. Koskinen, Marcela Pavia, Harri Vuori and Harri Suilamo have composed and dedicated their works to him. Kleemola has released two CDs by Pilfink records Perchitarrasola (2012) and Through Green Glass (2015). The CDs consist of music written for Kleemola by Finnish and Italian composers. Other CD recordings include Kleemola’s arrangement of Franz Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin for guitar and tenor.
In addition to his performing career, Kleemola currently teaches the guitar at Turku Music Institute. Kleemola gives regularly masterclasses during concert tours and recently he has given those in London, Buenos Aires, Milan and elsewhere in Italy, Estonia and Finland. Kleemola was the artistic director of the Brinkhall Summer Concerts during 2009-2011 in Turku, Finland. Kleemola is the founder and artistic director of Turku Guitar Festival.
Kleemola studied the guitar in Turku Music Academy with Timo Korhonen and Ismo Eskelinen, with Oscar Ghiglia at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena gaining three times Diploma di Merito, and finished his studies and soloist diploma with maximum points at Monopoli Conservatory with Massimo Felici.