Pohjola Pankki Oyj : Pohjola Bank Art Foundation's instruments to be loaned to new musicians

Pohjola Pankki Oyj : Pohjola Bank Art Foundation's instruments to be loaned to
                                new musicians

The Pohjola Bank Art Foundation's most valuable musical instrument, a
Stradivarius violin from 1702 known as the "Irish", will return to Réka
Szilvay's use for two years. For the first time in history, all of the
Foundation's nine highly-valued instruments could be applied for by young
musicians simultaneously.

Réka Szilvay has played the Stradivarius before. In 2009, she returned the
violin in the middle of the loan period after having suffered a hand injury.
She is now fully recovered and has returned to the concert stage. Szilvay will
also continue in her post as Professor of Violin Music at the Sibelius
Academy.

- It is wonderful that after a several years' break, Réka Szilvay will once
again shine at concerts with the Stradivarius, says Tuire Jäkkö, Executive
Officer of the Art Foundation.

The Pohjola Bank Art Foundation has been supporting music as a performing art
since 1987 by lending its highly-valued instruments to young and talented
musicians. On the Art Foundation's 25th anniversary, all of its nine
instruments were made available for application. The collection includes five
violins, two violas and two cellos.

The Foundation's instruments give young people the opportunity to advance
their career with the help of a unique instrument. Many of the musicians who
were granted an instrument are currently preparing for competitions.

The youngest of the musicians is Kasmir Uusitupa, aged 17, who began learning
to play the violin when he was only three years old. He was granted use of the
Art Foundation's Pierre & Hippolyte Silvestre violin from 1843. Three of the
instruments will be lent to members of the Kamus Quartet, which focuses on
chamber music. Of the members of this 10-year-old quartet, Terhi Paldanius,
Jukka Untamala and Jussi Tuhkanen will now be performing with the Pohjola Bank
Art Foundation's instruments.

The Foundation's instruments and their new holders are as follows:

Antonio Stradivari violin, the "Irish", 1702: Réka Szilvay
Carlo Antonio Testore violin, 1730: Jukka Untamala
Charles Gaillard violin, 1867: Eeva Oksala (for the second time)
Pierre & Hippolyte Silvestre violin, 1843: Kasmir Uusitupa
Ferdinandus Gagliano violin, 1767: Terhi Paldanius
Leonhard Maussiell viola, 1722: Sauli Kulmala (for the second time)
Joannes Florenus Guidantus viola, 1737: Jussi Tuhkanen
Giovanni Grancino cello, 1698: Joona Pulkkinen
Nicolas Lupot cello, 1795: Lauri Kankkunen

For further information, please contact:
Tuire Jäkkö, Executive Officer, Pohjola Bank Art Foundation, tel. +358 10 252
2202 or tuire.jakko@op.fi

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