Sami Koivuneva, born in Helsinki, Finland, on the 28th February 1976 .
I started playing the piano when I was 11 years old. I had a piano teacher for two years. Ever since I have practised by myself. I begun composing at the same time when I took the first steps playing the piano.
I wrote mainly piano music the first years of composing. I arrenged music for piano and cello and worked as a television pianist around the year 1999. I played and improvised music in a television show. Ever since I have composed music for theatrical dramas and comedies.
Orchestral music came along around year 2010 when I started rehearsing writing scores for symphony orchestras. My first piece of orchestral work was published in 2014 by the Finnish Wind Band Association. I orchestrated one of my early piano works for a wind band. It was a piece of music called “Daydream by the Sea”.
Now I am working with my 2nd Piano Concerto which is called “Momemtum”.
Sami Koivuneva’s Piano Sonata was written in 2020, the year of oddness.
It has three movements. The first movement has a tempo marking 138 and it is to be played fairly fast but not rushing it – molto allegro ma non troppo. The first movement has two themes. It opens up with a rapid descent and the first theme is played in the bass notes. The second theme is a scherzo, a playful moment which tries to detach it from the dark sounds of the first theme, before returning to the first descent and bass note theme.
The second movement has a tempo marking 68. It is to be played very calmly- molto andante. The sustain pedal to is used to make atmospheric sounds echoing in the space.
The third movement has a tempo marking 144. It is a bit faster than the first movement and it has a scherzo feeling throughout the piece. There are vigorous accents and fast rhythmic playing but gentle legato in the middle of the piece. It builds up to a fast but short ending.