Hanna Paatelma is a well-rounded musician, who is inspired by all kinds of musical styles, from Renaissance music to pop. Hanna has looked for experience as a performer in the sweltering heat of Ovamboland, as well as, in front of the audiences of the jam-packed Huvila Festival Tent at Helsinki Festival. In between come a number of concerts and festivals in Finland and overseas. In the classical music scene, Hanna has set out on a conquest of Finland and the World in the ranks of the Bravade Recorder Quartet, and in light music, Hanna can be heard in the Elisa Laiho Ensemble, for instance. Hanna has a heart-felt closeness for the work of a pianist in its diversity and especially in collaboration with singers. In addition to playing piano and recorder, Hanna is also an adept player of tin whistles. As a member of the Irish-spirit ensembles of Sibyl Vane and Shebean, Hanna has performed in places as far a-field as the United States and Namibia, not to mention Ireland. Hanna has participated in record making, instrument and vocal, with many artists and ensembles (e.g. Ahti Paunu, Elisa Laiho, Laura Sippola, Samuli Edelmann, Kirmo Lintinen, Sibyl Vane and Nightwish).

Hanna teaches piano and recorder at Pukinmäen Taidetalo (Pukinmäki House of Arts, in Helsinki) and is actively involved in music for children, organizing concerts and road trips for Satu Sopanen ja Tuttiorkesteri (Satu Sopanen and the Tooty Orchestra). Hanna has received her education at Sibelius Academy, the Department of Music Education, where she got her master’s degree in 2004.

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