Finnish concert pianist Paavali Jumppanen had never applied for a position at a music institution until he saw that ANAM was looking for a new Artistic Director. Now based in Melbourne with his family, he tells Patricia Maunderabout his passion for pursuing the new, his relationship with Boulez, and his aim to create an environment at ANAM that allows for the students’ artistic personalities to grow alongside their musical abilities.

Paavali Jumppanen
Paavali Jumppanen. Photo © Pia Johnson

Why has virtuoso pianist Paavali Jumppanen moved to the other side of the world, far from his home in Finland, and far from his main performance playgrounds of Europe and the United States? He relocated to Melbourne a few weeks ago for the...