One of the annual highlights of my personal life, the Mänttä Music Festival, starts next Wednesday, August 6th.

The sun is shining and the beautiful little town seems to be prepared to become the Piano Capital of Finland next week.

It is hard to believe that this is already the festival’s 16th anniversary. It feels like we just started it! Much has changed over the years, though. The festival has developed into an international event, featuring world-class pianists as well as promising young artists. And, the festival will also be evolving this year. I am excited to see how this year’s festival turns out, since it has a new main stage and it starts a month later than in previous years.

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