Instructional and Band Staff, Collaborative Pianist
M.M. University of Notre Dame
Artist Diploma Indiana University South Bend
M.M. Indiana University South Bend
M.M. Sibelius-Academy, Finland
B.M. Sibelius-Academy, Finland
618 O'Neill Hall of Music and Sacred Music
Päivi Ekroth, a native of Finland, is a versatile artist who, in addition to her career as a soloist and a chamber musician, has served as a choral accompanist as well as a vocal coach for opera productions, and has performed an extensive amount of chamber music covering a wide variety of repertoire for strings, winds and brass as well as choral, operatic and lied repertoire.
Ms. Ekroth has performed actively in her home country as well as in Estonia, Italy, Germany, China, New Zealand and the United States appearing at festivals such as the Ruhr Keyboard Festival, Settimane Musicali di Stresa e del Lago Maggiore, the Ravinia Festival, the Irving S. Gilmore Keyboard Festival, the New Jersey Symphony's Rachmaninoff Festival and the Music Academy of the West. In 1997 and 2000 she was invited by Maestro Valeri Gergiev to play a recital at the Mikkeli Music Festival in Finland.
Ms. Ekroth has been a recipient of numerous awards from various organizations such as The Arts Council of Kymi in 1996, The Arts Council of Finland in 1997, The Alfred Kordelin Foundation in 1998 and The Finnish Cultural Foundation in 1996, 1997, 2001 and 2011.
Päivi began to play piano at the age of eleven. She studied at the Sibelius-Academy in Finland under the guidance of professor Matti Raekallio, receiving a Master's Degree in Piano Performance in 1999. Ms. Ekroth joined the Toradze Piano Studio at Indiana University South Bend in 1996 and graduated with a Master's Degree in 1998 and an Artist Diploma in Piano Performance in 2002. She received an honorary Performer Diploma Certificate in recognition of performance excellence from Indiana University South Bend in 1999, where she worked as both adjunct and full-time lecturer in piano from 1999-2002. In 2004 Ms. Ekroth received a Master’s Degree in Chamber Music from the University of Notre Dame du Lac where she currently serves as collaborative pianist.
“Päivi Ekroth is an artist of exceptional refinement, intelligence and sensitivity, equally impressive in solo and ensemble music” (Jerome Lowenthal, Juilliard School of Music, New York).
“Ms. Ekroth is one of the foremost lied interpreters” (“Tidningen Åland”-newspaper).
“Päivi Ekroth possesses the kind of large-scale artistic format that goes well with big halls and audiences (Erik T. Tawastjerna, Sibelius-Academy, Finland).
“A vivacious and spontaneous temperament, an effortless and beautiful rendition and a confident mastering of great form are all characteristic of her interpretations." (Sirkka Harjunmaa, Sibelius-Academy, Finland)