Annika Palm – Piano
Born in Helsinki, Finland in 1973, Annika Palm started her musical education at the age of three in both piano and violin. Her main teacher was Katarina Nummi. In 1992, she moved to Paris and continued her piano studies by taking private lessons with Pascal Devoyon. A year later, she entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where she studied under Alain Planès, Hortense Cartier-Bresson and Pierre-Laurent Aimard. She graduated (Prix) in both piano and chamber music in 1996.
After Paris, Annika moved to London to continue her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Joan Havill, and obtained her BMus in piano performance [with distinction] in July 1998. Four years later, she completed her Masters Degree [with distinction] with Tuija Hakkila at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. During the course of her studies she also attended several master classes in Prussia Cove and in Vienna with Ferenc Rados and in Italy with Konstantin Bogino.
Annika won 3rd prize in the 2001 Mauro Paolo Monopoli International Piano Competition in Barletta, Italy and a special prize in 1994 Maj Lind National Piano Competition in Finland with her contemporary music performance.
Annika performs as a soloist and chamber musician all over Europe, including festivals such as • Musik På Slottet in Stockholm • Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival in Wales • Wegelius, Särestö Soi, Riihimäki Summer concerts, Katrinafestival and Espoo International Piano Week Festivals in Finland. She has also performed in well-known venues in Europe, such as the • Salle Cortot in Paris • St Martin in the Field’s Church, Jerwood Hall LSO St Luke’s and the Purcell Room in London as part of Park Lane Group Young Artists series • St James’ Piccadilly, London • Ingres Museum, Montauban, France • Temppeliaukio Church, Sello-hall and Sibelius Academy Concert Hall in Helsinki.
She has given recitals with musicians such as cellists Pierre Doumenge and violinists Cecilia Zilliacus, Hagai Shaham and Hu Kun, with whom she also did a TV broadcast for Phoenix Satellite TV. In 2004, she did a tour in Scotland with the Dante Quartet.