Ville Urponen graduated from the soloist programme at the Sibelius Academy with a diploma in both organ and piano. He studied organ with Professor Kari Jussila and piano with Meri Louhos. Urponen also studied organ at the Sweelinck Conservatorium under Professor Jacques van Oortmerssen. Urponen received his Master of Music degree from the Sibelius Academy soloist department in 1996 and completed his doctorate in music as part of the Academy’s Doctoral Programme in Arts in 2009.
Urponen has performed in a number of European countries as well as in Japan, South Korea and Russia. He has given performances at several major music festivals in Finland and internationally. Urponen has appeared as a soloist with a number of Finnish orchestras as well as with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and he is also a renowned accompanist who works regularly with prominent Finnish vocalists, instrumentalists and choirs.
In addition to his live performances, Urponen has recorded a number of solo albums. The most recent ones feature the first volume of organ music by Johann Sebastian Bach and two CDs of Finnish Organ Transcriptions. As well as solo recordings, he has contributed to over a dozen albums as an accompanist and an orchestral performer. Urponen regularly records for the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE), and he has performed on television and radio in several countries.
In recent years, Urponen has researched and performed a great deal of Finnish organ music, though he also actively performs contemporary music, having premiered over twenty new works and given Finnish premieres of a number of contemporary opuses. In summer 2012 Urponen performed all of Johann Sebastian Bach’s organ works in Helsinki.
Ville Urponen is an Assistant Professor of organ music at the Sibelius Academy. He is the Artistic Director of the Turku Organ Festival, and from 2002-2009 served as the chairman of Organum, the oldest organ music society in the Nordic countries. He has also acted as a jury member on several international organ competitions.
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