Ilpo Laspas

Ilpo Laspas

Ilpo Laspas (b. 1984) started taking piano lessons at the age of nine, and by 1999, at the age of 15, he was also studying the organ and harpsichord. After enrolling in the Sibelius Academy Youth Department, where he studied with Sirkka-Liisa Jussila-Gripentrog (organ) and Elina Mustonen (harpsichord), Ilpo Laspas was admitted to the Soloist Department in each of his three instruments. He took his B diploma on the piano in 2005 (under Tuija Hakkila), his A diploma on the harpsichord in 2006, his A diploma on the continuo in 2007 and his A diploma on the organ in 2009 (under Kari Jussila), all with excellent marks. After completing his Master of Music (MMus) Degree in spring 2009 and his organ improvisation diploma with Harri Viitanen in spring 2010, Ilpo Laspas began his doctoral studies (Art Study Program) at the Sibelius Academy on the organ and harpsichord. He gave his debut concert – as his 1st doctoral concert – on these instruments in February 2011. During his doctoral studies (2010–2015) he had private lessons e.g. in Berlin with proferssors Mitzi Meyerson (harpsichord) and Paolo Crivellaro and Leo van Doeselaar (organ). Ilpo Laspas completed his Doctor of Music Degree in spring 2016.

Ilpo Laspas has attended several organ and harpsichord master classes, both in Finland and abroad. He has been awarded both whole-year grant and three-year grant for his artistic work and his doctor-al studies by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

In 2003 Ilpo Laspas received a prize in the Leevi Madetoja piano competition in Finland. In 2006 he was awarded the second prize and the audience prize in the International Johann Sebastian Bach Harpsichord Competition in Leipzig, and in 2008 he won the second prize in the organ category of the same competition. In 2009 he was awarded a special prize in the third Kotka International Organ Competition.

In spring 2000, Ilpo Laspas was awarded the Pro Musica medal at the age of 16. In 2004 he was awarded by the French Académie Musicale de Villecroze with a scholarship for studying with Huguette Dreyfus in Paris and making a promotional harpsichord recording which was recorded in October 2005. Ilpo Laspas has been honored as Young Artist of the Year 2006 by Vantaa Baroque, the Finnish Early Music Festival; as Young Artist of the Year 2009 by Pori Organ, the Finnish Organ Festival; as Young Organist of the Turku Cathedral for the year 2009; and as Young Organist of the Year 2010 by Lahti Organ Festival. In 2014 Ilpo Laspas was awarded a grant by the Pro Musica Foundation.

Ilpo Laspas appears regularly as a soloist and as a chamber musician in Finland and Europe. He gave the world premiere of the new instrument, Omniwerk, at the BRQ Vantaa Festival in August 2014.

Laspas has recorded Aimo Känkänen´s organ music in 2015. He also appears in Kimmo Poh-jonen´s new album Sensitive Skin as the Omniwerk-player.

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