BRQ Vantaa Festival


A renown instrument builder Jukka Ollikka is working on a new instrument that combines the best features of historical geigenwerk and lautenwerk.  This brand new instrument will be premiered at BRQ Vantaa Festival on August 7th and it will be played by a harpsichord virtuoso Ilpo Laspas.

This new instrument doesn´t yet have a proper NAME and this is where we need YOUR help. We want you to suggest a name to this new instrument! The best name suggestion will WIN a Magical Keyboards -series ticket (value 75 euros) to four concerts at Chapell of St Lawrence. All participants will also enter a lottery of two tickets to the world premiere of the new instrument on August 7th at 7 pm.

SEND your name suggestions and your contact details (name, address, e-mail, phone number) to by August 1st. The winners will be contacted personally. A professional panel will choose the name of the new instrument and it will be announced in the world premiere concert on August 7th.

We have followed he development of the new instrument in our festival blog with pictures and stories. We wait enthusiastically to see the instrument in action and we will follow its journey with regular blog posts.

Read about the new instrument in the festival blog.
Buy ticket to the world premiere of the new instrument here.
Buy a Magical Keyboards -series ticket here.



BRQ Vantaa focuses on musical delights. We strive at the festival to keep our program fresh, innovative and experimental by extending our focus from the Baroque era to encompass Medieval, Renaissance and even Classical to Modern Periods. Hopefully, this will translate into a new brand with a spark that is BRQ. The artistic director of the festival is Mr Markku Luolajan-Mikkola.


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We proudly confirm the artists for the upcoming festival: Mahan Esfahani, Maggie Urquhart, Guadalupe López-Íñiguez, Aapo Häkkinen, Tuija Hakkila, Ilpo Laspas, the Latvian Radio Chamber Choir, La Risonanza, Villancico, BRQ Vantaa Ensemble, the Finnish Baroque Orchestra and Ensemble Nylandia.

‘Magic keyboards’ is our new concert series consist of four wonderful concerts given by internationally acclaimed musicians such as the phenomenal Mahan Esfahani, Aapo Häkkinen, Tuija Hakkila and Ilpo Laspas. Mahan Esfahani brings music from his new C.P.E. Bach recording and one can compare also different instruments, since we have asked Mr. Esfahani, Ms Hakkila and Mr Häkkinen to play one composition by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach on their instrument. So, it will be performed on harpsichord, fortepiano and on clavichord.

Finns are famous about their creative madness. This time it produced a brand new keyboard instrument, which has yet no name. It is built by Jukka Ollikka and Jonte Knif both renowned about their skills with harpsichords.

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